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Red Light District

Amsterdam
Red Light District showing a city, a river or creek and a church or cathedral

Visit this historic and famous area of Amsterdam, known for its many bars, brothels and adult entertainment venues.

Amsterdam’s Red Light District, De Wallen, has attracted travellers, locals and sailors for over 600 years with its offering of adult-only entertainment. Today, it’s a popular tourist destination as it symbolises the celebrated liberal attitudes and forward-thinking politics that characterise Dutch society. An open mind and common sense is all you need to bring with you to enjoy this area of the city.

Many visitors are surprised to find that De Wallen is actually one of the most beautiful parts of Amsterdam. Situated between Chinatown and Dam Square, the narrow cobbled streets are lined with charming gabled houses and cosy cafés. The area is home to the Oude Kerk, the Old Church, the city’s oldest stone building dating back to the early 13th century. Since March 2007, the bronze statue named Belle has stood outside the church, depicting the female figure of a prostitute standing in a doorway.

Ever since the 15th century, De Wallen has historically drawn many visitors, tempted by its notoriety. Prostitution, with the exception soliciting on the street, is a legalised industry in Holland nowadays, in line with the belief that “if you decriminalise it, you make it safer”. Regulations as well as taxation are now imposed on the city’s sex workers. Marijuana and hashish have also been treated with the same policy, and you can purchase small quantities for on-site consumption in the district’s many coffee shops.

The famous red-light windows displaying the many women only become truly visible after dark. Most locals barely acknowledge this spectacle, but you will always be able to spot the many groups of tourists gawping at the scantily-clad figures. Interspersed amongst these windows, you’ll come across all varieties of venues offering erotic shows, adult shops and sex museums. Should you choose to step in, be aware that these venues live up to their reputation!

De Wallen is a relatively safe area with a large police presence. However, do watch out for pickpockets that target tourists in crowded areas. Don’t take photos of individual women either, as this is considered to be offensive. The Red Light District is just a short walk from either Central Station or Dam Square.


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Hotel Mai Amsterdam
Hotel Mai Amsterdam
4 out of 5
30 Geldersekade, Amsterdam, NH
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$113 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Amsterdam Chinatown, Body Worlds and Rembrandt House Museum. Dam Square and Madame ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (137 reviews)
A bit disappointing but turned out alright
"Well the overall stay was lovely, initially we had booked a standard double room but we realised the view outside the window was a brick wall, so we decided to upgrade. The upgrade was lovely but the roof didn’t have a bath- just a shower. The standard room had a bath and shower which was a bit disappointing. ..."

Reviewed on 8 Feb. 2021

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NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
5 out of 5
Dam 9, Amsterdam
The price is AU$292 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Flower Market and Anne Frank House. Artis and Heineken Experience are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,428 reviews)
"the hotel location is amazing."

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NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace
NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace
5 out of 5
Prins Hendrikkade 59-72, Amsterdam
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$186 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Amsterdam Chinatown, Dam Square, and Madame Tussauds. Body Worlds and National ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,014 reviews)
"The hotel staff were excellent and the location was perfect"

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2021

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center
Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center
4 out of 5
Rusland 17, Amsterdam
Fully refundable
The price is AU$224 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
This family-friendly Amsterdam hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Nes, Rembrandt House Museum and Amsterdam Dungeon. Madame ...
4.4/5Excellent! (995 reviews)
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Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2021

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Hotel V Nesplein
Hotel V Nesplein
4 out of 5
Nes 49, Amsterdam
The price is AU$174 per night from 27 Jul. to 27 Jul.
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Nes and Amsterdam Dungeon. Madame Tussauds and Dam Square are also within 5 minutes. Dam Stop ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (299 reviews)
"Very nice hotel in a perfect location. The decoration is superb and the staff lovely. I will definitely return!"

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2020

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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
5 out of 5
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197, Amsterdam
The price is AU$489 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
This family-friendly Amsterdam hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Royal Palace, New Church and Kalverstraat. Theater Tuschinski and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (984 reviews)
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"This is my favorite place to stay in Amsterdam. The service is impeccable, the hotel is pure luxury, the location is perfect, and the spa is beautiful. I will never stay anywhere else when visiting Amsterdam! We had a family suite this time and we just loved all the space. We really enjoyed the steam ..."

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2020

Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
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