Posted on: July 14, 2014
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.
(Last updated: 29 April 2021)
Before you go to ‘De Wallen‘ you don’t want to breach Amsterdam social etiquette. If you want to blend in like a local when exploring the capital, keep these 10 Amsterdam Red Light District Do’s and Don’ts in mind.
1 | Download this Amsterdam app, listen to real stories of 22 experts and become a Red Light District connoisseur.
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. It’s fun and interesting!
5 | Do check out world’s first specialised condom shop: The Condomerie. Founded in 1987.
7 | Do check out Chinatown in the Red Light District.
8 | Do enter the oldest building of Amsterdam, The Old Church.
10 | Do experience one of the sex shows in Amsterdam
The Old Church Square with ‘De Oude Kerk‘ left and window brothels right.
1 | Do not take pictures of sex workers! Sure you may photograph the streets or canals but do not takes pictures of the prostitutes in Amsterdam. They all want to stay anonymous because most of them have not told their family or friends about their profession. Please respect that.
2 | Don’t stare at sex workers. That’s rude! Rather smile politely.
3 | Don’t cause noise disturbance (after 11 pm). Think of the residents in the Red Light District. More than 4000 people live here.
4 | Don’t stand too long in front of the window brothels. Especially if you don’t want to go inside. It’s rude to block the business of the sex workers and they might get annoyed if you do so.
5 | Don’t throw rubbish on the streets or into the canals. It’s disrespectful, bad for the environment and you will be fined. Please check Amsterdam Red Light District Laws for further information.
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. Moreover, it’s illegal!
9 | Don’t use the streets as a public toilet. You’ll be fined. Rather go to Sexy Loo – a toilet that look like regular window brothels.
10 | Don’t have unprotected sex with prostitutes. Sex workers in Amsterdam’s Red Light District do not even allow this. For them safety is more important than money. So do not even think of asking this.
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