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Preplanned City Guides and Travel Itineraries

Red Light District

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Red Light District.

Red Light District features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day Amsterdam City Guide3-day Amsterdam City Guide5-day Amsterdam City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Famous and unique district
  • Major tourist attraction
  • Vibrant part of Amsterdam

Time required: 30 minutes

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 4: Dam stop
  • Tram Line 9: Dam stop
  • Tram Line 16: Dam stop


Things you need to know:

  • Rosse Buurt (Red Light District) occupies Amsterdam's oldest quarter, de Walletjes (meaning the little walls)
  • It is one of Amsterdam's most famous tourist attractions with prostitutes sitting in windows
  • The district emerged in the 13th c. when Amsterdam became one of Europe's leading ports; and sailors coming back from long journeys were desperate for female attention
  • The sex industry amounts to approximately a $1 billion business in the Netherlands
  • To this day debates are ongoing about the right approach to and regulations on prostitution
  • The health department strictly regulates the sex industry requiring all kinds of rules to be followed such as the temperature prostitutes must wash their underwear
  • The women have diverse backgrounds: some are professionals but many are young students earning money for college or housewives trying to raise some extra cash

What to do there:

  • Walk around the district (Oudezijds Achterburgwal street) that offers a fascinating window into the world's oldest profession

Red Light District features in these preplanned City Guides: