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Red Light District

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 6 41853288
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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.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good38%
  • Average23%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Red Light District (De Wallen)
+31 6 41853288
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Reviewed today

I don't think we got the full experience of the red light district because we visited during the day. The ladies sitting in the windows are exactly like they describe in all of the travel books. The other shops mixed in between the houses are...More

Thank MJR3Baltimore
Reviewed today via mobile

A great place to wander, obviously lots of sex shops and live shows but also a great stroll down the canal with some local and international bars to choose from. Very safe for everyone, not suitable for kids though.

Thank Alia'a E
Reviewed yesterday

I found more bars, pubs and restaurants than any sleezy action in this part of town. There was nothing to see during the day, nor during the evening times. Most 'windows' were unoccupied and up for rent which implies that business must really be bad....More

Thank ShawnBock
Reviewed yesterday

Not too much going on in the daytime, although there is enough going to give you a flavour of what the district can transform into at nigh-times. The area is incredibly crowded, packed with tourists, and large groups of men attending bachelor parties, or groups...More

Thank TimothyF5
Reviewed yesterday

This place was packed shoulder to shoulder on Friday night. I was completely surprised. It was like Bourbon Street during Mardis Gras. This was early June. So what will you see? A bunch of prostitutes in windows with red lights. Many are very attractives. Saw...More

Thank Bill B
Reviewed yesterday

A lot of people talking about the place. Being there and with explanations you can undsertand more about the culture around this, and maybe that's the most shocking thing. Needs to be open minded to understand

Thank Cristian L
Reviewed yesterday

This is not a must see (actually skipped it during our second visit to Amsterdam). It is a tourist trap mean to play off the "giggle factor". Full of tourists, sex toy shops, ridiculous "museums", and not that big of a deal. This is not...More

Thank Shaun P
Reviewed yesterday

The area of the city where prostitution is legal and viewing the goods before you buy is as easy as looking in the display window. The area is very very busy with a lot of tourist in the late evening and night. It is not...More

Thank RGT30076
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We kind of stumbled upon this knowing full well we were in the red light district bit it was a complete shock when we got to the windows. They're just so normalised interlinking with a bar or cafe like it's the commonest thing in the...More

Thank Rachel O
Reviewed yesterday

Well you have to visit here just to see the way things are in other countries a place that does feel safe to go round

Thank Mike H
Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the
Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its
saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to
view some of the city’s most picturesque canals,
historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples
of traditional local architecture – not to mention
Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist
temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some
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Is it worth a visit to the RLD on a sunday evening/night? I'm sure it would be best to visit either friday or saturday, but we have a pretty packed schedule. TIA
May 20, 2017|
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Response from rutgerek | Reviewed this property |
Fridays and Saturdays the district is packed, it gets a tiny bit quieter on Sundays, even in high season, so it would definitely make sense. Besides, following the pack, touring the neighborhood caravan-style up and down the... More
Crystal G
Is it safe for a single female to walk the district alone?
May 9, 2017|
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Response from Lilica0 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! It is safe! There is every kind of people walking around.... single mans, couples, a group of single ladies... but you only going to walk around some streets...
You fail to see the attraction of sex with gorgeous women??? It's the best place on earth.
May 2, 2017|
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Response from Traveller516 | Reviewed this property |
For me it was just a tourist attraction which I had to visit once in Amsterdam. Something you won't see anywhere else.