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10x Amsterdam Red Light District Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on: July 14, 2014


10 do's and don'ts for Amsterdam's Red Light District

10 Amsterdam Red Light District Do’s and Don’ts

If you’re going to visit Holland’s capital then you should not miss the Red Light District. It’s the most interesting part in town and it represents the liberal & openminded Dutch culture. Nowhere else in the world one can find window brothels in opposite of a church, sex workers just behind a Buddhistic temple or a store where they display all kinds of condoms in the window. Before you go to ‘De Wallen‘ it’s good to know the local etiquette which you can find in this list with 10 Amsterdam Red Light District Do’s and Don’ts.

10 Amsterdam Red Light District Do's and Don'ts
This is the most narrow alley in Amsterdam.

10 Do’s in Amsterdam Red Light District

1 | Join our interesting and fun tours and learn everything about this unique area.

2 | Be respectful towards the sex workers.

3 | When visiting a prostitute; make clear agreements upfront and pay in advance.

4 | Do experience the Museum of Prostitution.

5 | Do check out World’s First Specialised Condom Shop: The Condomerie.

amsterdam do's and don'ts
Cafe Aen ‘t Water in the Red Light District of Amsterdam.

6 | Do have a drink in Cafe In ‘t Aepjen or Cafe Aen ‘t Water – traditional Dutch pubs.

7 | Do check out Chinatown in the Red Light District.

8 | Do enter the oldest building of Amsterdam, The Old Church.

9 | Do see the Nieuwmarkt and The Waag.

10 | Do experience one of the sex shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Red Light District Etiquette
The Old Church Square with ‘De Oude Kerk‘ left and window brothels right.

10 Don’ts in Amsterdam Red Light District

1 | Don’t take pictures of sex workers!

2 | Don’t stare at sex workers.

3 | Don’t cause noise disturbance (after 11 pm). Think of the residents.

4 | Don’t go standing too long in front of the window brothels – don’t block their business.

5 | Don’t throw rubbish on the streets or into the canals.

amsterdam red light etiquette

6 | Don’t combine magic truffles with alcohol or marijuana.

7 | Don’t drink alcohol on the street. A fine will cost you 95 euros.

8 | Don’t buy drugs from street dealers. They (mostly) sell fake-drugs.

9 | Don’t use the streets as a public toilet. You’ll be fined. Rather go to Sexy Loo.

10 | Don’t have unprotected sex with prostitutes.

Book one of our Amsterdam Red Light District Tours and learn everything about legal sex work, Dutch culture, Amsterdam’s history, coffeeshops & De Wallen.

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2 Responses to 10x Amsterdam Red Light District Do’s and Don’ts

  1. Denise Young says:

    I’d like to take a tour with a guide when my family an I are in Amstserdam. It would be my husband 50, me Mom 40 and our 20 yr old son, Tyler
    We’re traveling to Amsterdam via Thalys train on July 3 and aren’t sure which area is best to stay in. Can you recommend an area in which we should call base camp in a hotel?
    We’d definitely like to see the red light district and hit up a coffe/cannibis shop along with other secret spots. Also, how much for a tour and what times are available on July 3 or 4?
    Thanks

  2. Maria Johnson1990 says:

    Useful list indeed! Your website is really helpful. Will definitely book a tour when corona is over. Cheerio!

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