Red Light District

Red Light District, Amsterdam: Hours, Address, Red Light District Reviews: 4/5

Red Light District
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
This area in the oldest part of Amsterdam is known for the red neon windows that display barely-dressed prostitutes advertising their services; it's all perfectly acceptable as long as it stays inside this designated area of the city.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
How to get there
  • Nieuwmarkt • 3 min walk
  • Centraal Station • 7 min walk
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Claire capes
United Kingdom3 contributions
Aggressive undertone from working women towards females
Mar 2021
The general vibe on the street is unwelcoming towards women, many of the working ladies make you feel very uncomfortable when passing and looking in. The street itself looks as though it’s having work done. Rey different atmosphere in the day time to the night
Written March 10, 2021
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I Don't REVIEW
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
RED LIGHT WOW !!!!!
Feb 2021
I didn't even realise where I was until I was standing outside a door with a beautiful young woman sitting on a stool in the door way playing on her phone. As it was lunch time the lights dont get turned on until dusk so you will be walking along the canal and looking around at everything as Amsterdam is so stunning and you find yourself standing near or in front of a bunch of glass doors all in a row and usually a woman will be sitting, standing or talking to you through the door. Majority have a small curtain they can pull across and most will be sitting on a stool dressed in lingerie. It was amazing to see how different and diverse the woman were and how they different in age they were from door to door. As you keep strolling along as quickly as you came across it is as quickly it ends and the next stunning part of Amsterdam is before you to discover. I was staying in Paris and took a few trips to Amsterdam by train as there is so much to see and do there that its impossibe to get it done in one day. I would recommend sitting down before you go and really working out what you really want to see and do, Everything is in walking distance but it does take it out of you and if you want to go to Anne Franks House or see a Starry Night I recommend buying your tickets online and avoiding the lines and waiting. Again I travelled in August to October 2015 back and forth from Paris so I put Feb, 2021. I hope that does not cause any misunderstandings.
Written February 20, 2021
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Temer2
Horley, UK1,071 contributions
Ladies in windows
Feb 2020 • Couples
A group of 4 of us (2 couples) wandered through the Red Light District at around 9pm on a Saturday night and I have slightly mixed feelings about the area. It's nowhere near as sleazy as some make it out to be and is actually quite an organised and I think good way of ensuring the safety of these ladies. Some are beautiful and all are barely dressed, and it's obviously their job, but most smile as you walk past, though some did look a bit bored as they were looking at their phones. The ladies are literally standing (or sitting) in a person shaped window selling their wares with something to cater for all tastes. I didn't feel uncomfortable at all visiting with my husband- only for a walk through the area - and my only concern is whether the ladies are all selling themselves because they want to, but that would be the same for anywhere in the world. At least in Amsterdam, it's a legitimate industry and these ladies are more protected than in other areas. The whole area felt fairly safe to walk through though I wouldn't want to do it on my own and you could smell weed far more strongly in this area than the other places we visited.
Written January 24, 2021
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UriusT
Vilnius, Lithuania604 contributions
SURREAL
Sep 2020
I was in town with a few friends and my partner, none of us interested in the services offered in the District. However, it remained of primary interest for us to see, being world famous and all. I can say it was surreal, extremely. Nothing I head was true, no bags of human waste thrown at passers by if they dared to practice photography. No sleezy people making you feel unsafe. It was like an amusement park of prostitution. Surreal stuff, and something everyone should see at least once. The workers will knock on their windows to get your attention as you walk by, so if you have jealousy issues in your relationship do not proceed to go here.
Written January 7, 2021
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amsterdam6680
Liverpool, UK133 contributions
I love it.. it is was it is..
Dec 2019
I've been many times to Amsterdam, 40 + (This is a pre Covid report) and have some very good friends who work in the Bars around the Red Light Area.

Obviously its not for everyone. but its an experience not to be missed whilst in Amsterdam.. Find a bar and people watch, its fascinating watching all walks of life, cultures and ages, wandering the area.

The bars are not cheap, but you wouldn't expect them to be in a mad tourist zone.
You will see at weekends lots of Lads, from the UK on Stag parties, either window shopping or looking for Weed.. or both.. mainly drunk. That's why i never go at weekends..

In the summer its a great place to wander around, i have never felt in any danger at all, at any time of the day or night, and ive been wandering the streets at silly O clock, the locals are great.

Visit during the daytime to get your bearings, and then go back at night to see the Glowing Red Lights.. i love the place.. but don't take any photos of the window Girls.. you may end up in the canal..! enjoy your visit. have a Chinese meal too.. lovely..
Written November 17, 2020
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serbanArad
Arad, Romania158 contributions
I'm not impressed
Nov 2019
walking around in the evening time. I do not find anything special in this area. A few prostitutes in the shop window , some sex shops and bars. Do not visit second time .
Written October 29, 2020
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forevershelbella
London, UK200 contributions
Total crap and over rated
Oct 2020 • Couples
Over the years I heard so much about this place but I never was amused to go. Because we were in Amsterdam for business we took a butchers at the red light. We felt that it was a complete waste of time and over rated. We much of spent 20 minutes in the area, it was full of young lads, the energy was not for us, however, we can get to say we seen it!
Written October 26, 2020
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Charlie J
9 contributions
What a crazy world
Mar 2020
Very interesting. We had a great time, up until everywhere closed around midnight. The biggest issue was that people are very serious, you don’t get a laugh out of people that work there. It is definitely to be seen though. Different streets off different kinds of people also, it’s all very different.
Written October 21, 2020
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CJ Mitch
5 contributions
Quiet but expected
Oct 2020 • Friends
This visit was different because due to the covid restrictions, it wasn't as lively and vibrant an area as it usually is. Some. Places stl open but definitely not the tourist heavy place it usually is. Still was nice to experience it when it was quiet.
Written October 18, 2020
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Joujou6543
13 contributions
Fun times
Oct 2020 • Couples
The red light district is well worth a visit at night. Many bars an restaurants ,great to walk around....
Written October 7, 2020
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