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Amsterdam — By Marianne on September 30, 2009 at 7:00 am

Amsterdam’s Red Light District

The Red Light District, or the Walletjes as the locals call it, is the district around the Oude Kerk (old Church). Its outer boundaries are Warmoesstraat, Zeedijk and Kloveniersburgwal. Narrow streets criss-cross this part of Amsterdam. Hordes of tourists gawk at scantily-dressed women in box-like rooms with huge windows.

Prostitutes can hire a window by the hour. During the day many women take a break so that quite a few windows are unoccupied. Drawn curtains means business in progress.

If you are not keen on seeing Amsterdam’s seedy side, a visit to the Red Light District is still interesting and not risky or dangerous. Peep until your eyes fall out but DO NOT take photographs, unless you want loud-voiced abusive language hurled at you.

amsterdam red light district

This part of the city is peppered with cosy little bars, interesting cafés and beautiful canalside houses. The Zeedijk is a lively street lined with shops, coffeeshops and sex shops. At Zeedijk # 1 you will find in ‘t Aepjen one of the two still remaining wooden houses in Amsterdam. It dates back to mid 16th century. The other wooden house is about one hundred years older and is at Begijnhof 43.

Fo Guang Shan He Hua or Zeedijk Temple, built in traditional Chinese style and the largest Buddhist temple in Europe. The temple at Zeedijk is open to visitors and is a small piece of China in Amsterdam.

This video takes you on a tour of the Red Light District. It highlights some of the sights and experiences that draw tourists to Amsterdam.

Watch the video: Tour the Red Light District

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