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When visiting Amsterdam, you don’t want to waste your precious time searching for the city’s highlights by just wandering the streets. It would be a shame if you miss the best highlights in the Red Light District because you don’t know where to find them. We have the solution!
This list contains three interactive Red Light District maps. One with all window brothels, one with entertainment and one with hotels. All in Amsterdam.
The alley next to coffeeshop The Bulldog.
The first one below shows the best Red Light District map with all window brothels located in this area of Amsterdam. Outlined in red is the official Red Light District of Amsterdam which is called “De Wallen” in Dutch. Our company’s red light logos represent addresses where window brothel buildings are located.
There are currently a total of 288 window brothels in the Red Light District and approximately 350 sex workers in this area. The windows can be rented twice a day; during the daytime and nighttime. Most sex workers prefer to work during the nightshifts between 8 pm and 4 pm.
Amsterdam’s Oudezijds Achterburgwal.
Zoom in and out on the Amsterdam Red Light District Map below to get a better idea of this fascinating area. A Red Light District map dedicated to the best restaurants, the best bars, the best coffeeshops (cannabis cafes) and erotic entertainment can be found beneath the Red Light District map with window brothels. Lastly, we created a third map containing the best hotels in the Red Light District with direct links to make a reservation.
Window prostitution in Amsterdam was introduced from the 1950s. This form of sex work is also legal as long as the laws are followed and as long as it takes place in licensed window brothels. It is something that is inextricably linked to Amsterdam and the liberal way of thinking of the Dutch.
Amsterdam has three Red Light District area’s. The Red Light District map below shows all the 288 window brothels of the so called ‘Wallen‘ area. The biggest and most famous Red Light District of the world.
On your mobile device: combine two fingers to scroll through the map.
The blue light district in Amsterdam is known for having a several transgender sex workers. It concerns two or three streets in the Red Light District (De Wallen). It mainly concerns the Bloedstraat and the Gordijnensteeg.
Most transgenders in the blue light district (still) have their male genitals and are visited by men. In the Bloedstraat (in the so-called Blue Light District) are the window brothels with transgender sex workers as well as female prostitutes.
More details can be found here in the Frequently Asked Questions.
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Click on the circles within the Red Light District Map to get more details. Use the zoom in and out function to find out the precise locations of all the venues that we recommend.
Blue = Restaurants | Yellow = Bars & Cafes | Green = Coffeeshops | Red = Erotic venues
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The map below contains a selection of the 10 best hotels in the Red Light District. This map offers both expensive and cheap hotels. In the surroundings of all these hotels you’ll find some of Amsterdam’s oldest buildings, great restaurants, fun bars and coffeeshops.
One of the main advantages of staying in the Red Light District is that it’s centrally located and just a 10 minute walk from Central Station. Moreover there is always something to do in the Red Light District!
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The Red Light District map has significantly changed in the last few decades. Especially during the last 10 years. In 2007, the City of Amsterdam started with a gentrification-plan called Project 1012, named after the zip code of the Red Light District.
The intention of Project 1012 was to change the neighbourhood, shatter supposed criminal infrastructure and gentrify the area. The local government spend millions of euros of tax money to buy out brothel owners, so that window brothels could be changed into fashion stores, art galleries, food shops, etc.
However, criminal practices were hardly found to be happening inside Amsterdam’s Red Light District but elsewhere in the Netherlands. For example; in illegal sex clubs, within the online prostitution business and in private houses. For those types of activities there aren’t any forms of regulated oversight or control like there is in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.
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The City of Amsterdam wasn’t able to close down a single window brothel because of crime or illegality. The only thing they could do to bring down the number of window brothels was to buy the expensive city centre property and close down window brothels that way.
This expensive policy costed the Dutch taxpayer 108 million euro. Through these measures, the municipality of Amsterdam was able to close down a total of 126 window brothels around the Red Light District since 2007, thus significantly altering the Red Light District map. At this time there are 288 window brothels left in Amsterdam’s Red Light District and approximately 350 sex workers.
A frequently asked question is whether it is safe in the Red Light District. The short answer is yes!
During your visit you’ll notice that’s safe here. You’ll see that it’s not dirty or seedy. The police, enforcers and hosts of the city are often visibly present in this neighborhood. In addition, there are also 50 police cameras present and there is a lot of social control from all the millions of yearly visitors and the 4,305 local residents. (source)
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