Amsterdam Red Light District Maps, Photos, Hotels, Videos

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Amsterdam red light district showing Sint Annendwarsstraat and Trompettersteeg
 
 

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This is a family friendly look at European red light districts with a bias towards Amsterdam. There's several of my unique interactive maps with links to over 1000 of my own photos.
My Amsterdam red light district pages cover the red light windows, restaurants, hotels (including smoker friendly), coffeeshops plus a little bit of history and a little bit of culture
I want to dispel the myth that these areas are dangerous and grotty and show that most are perfectly safe and set in beautiful and /
or historic locations (Utrecht and Ghent for example). If you have any questions about my site or any city covered here please feel free to contact me- .
Please note that booking hotels through one of my Booking.com links helps to maintain this site and gives me an incentive to keep going!
Thanks for looking,  
George.

George's news:
Oct & Nov 2016 - Site currently under maintenance = Some links will not work (sorry).
Returned from another excellent Amsterdam trip in late October. The place is as good as ever so don't believe the doom mongers.
Banned (yet again, ha ha) from a certain forum, no idea why. Members can email me if they wish.

 

Other Site Contents
My guide to all Restaurants in and around Amsterdam's main red light district. Includes interactive map, photos of each one plus menus and general information.
A unique and comprehensive look at the history of Amsterdam's red light district. With personally researched material and many rarely seen vintage photos.
1st map below. Every hotel in and around Amsterdam's main red light district. With links to photos, reviews, availability etc.  
My own videos shot in Amsterdam's main red light district plus others in Brussels, Den Haag, Haarlem etc.
Recently added- My hotel video reviews.
Amsterdam weather forecast plus mid range exchange rates for US $ to Euros plus GBP to Euros. Embedded from an external source.
My Google map and list of personally researched smoker friendly hotels. 
My guide to all  76 coffeeshops in and around central Amsterdam. Includes interactive map, photos of each one plus general information.
Latest news from Holland embedded from an external source.
See immediately below this table for my own red light district updates.
Activities in and around Amsterdam's Red Light District.
The controversial and ambitious plan to revitalise central Amsterdam. It has already resulted in several changes and more are due to follow.
A selection of my miscellaneous RLD photos including the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal works and the RLD covered in lovely snow.
Webcam showing high quality live streaming of central Amsterdam.
Other Amsterdam webcam links. Note: there are no webcams in the red light district.
My unique interactive 360° panoramic images of Amsterdam's main red light district & Singelgebied.
Tips and advice for your trip to Amsterdam. Based on my 20 years of visiting.  

 

Introduction to Amsterdam's Main Red Light District (de rosse buurt)

Amsterdam has three red light districts. The famous main one (De Wallen / Walletjes), Singelgebied and De Pijp. The main one has ~290 red light windows and extends across the two canals Oudezijds Voorburgwal & Oudezijds Achterburgwal and neighbouring streets.
In an attempt to 'clean up' the general area there are plans (Project 1012) to reduce it's size and confine it to the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal and immediate surrounding streets.
The best time to visit the main red light district depends on what kind of person you are. If you are open minded and don't mind crowds then I would advise between 9pm and 10pm. By this time everything has come to life. The windows are full of scantily clad women and the adult shows and shops are in full swing.
A recent law forces all adult shops to close by 10pm so daring neon
window displays are turned off and some of the atmosphere is lost. Things remain busy though until around midnight when the organised tour groups and casual tourists become less and less. You are then left with more seasoned visitors and a few dodgy looking characters (like me).
If you are less adventurous then go during mid afternoon. It's still fairly busy though less chaotic
than later.
You may well be surprised at how beautiful and safe it is with families walking around and locals going about their normal business. You may wonder why the unenlightened condemn this place as if it was some sort of Sodom and Gomorrah as you walk by the marvelous Oude Kerk in the very heart of Amsterdam's red light district.

Amsterdam Red Light District News - Autumn 2016
(Video version)

Amsterdam Red Light District
New shop on the corner of Bethlemsteeg and Sint Annendwarsstraat replaces six windows. Windows in Goldbergerstraat to the left also closed.
Contrary to popular belief the RLD is not closing and is as good as it's ever been. The recent scaling down of the area around The Oude Kerk plus new windows due to open in 2017 means it's becoming more concentrated on the main canal and immediate surrounding streets. This means fewer windows but more than enough will remain to satisfy both the tourists and "participators".
The changes are to make the area more manageable for the police, safer for both visitors and the
workers and also to reduce Amsterdam's seedy reputation.  
Don't be put off by talks of price increases and rip-offs. In truth rip-offs are very rare and some prices had been the same since Holland adopted the Euro in 2001. 
With well over 100 visits spanning 24 years you can trust me when I say it's still a fantastic city.
 
Dam Square
Work continues on new windows in Boomsteeg. Due to open in 2017 under the "My Red Light" scheme.
June 2015 window count: Amsterdam main- 290 (temporarily 272), Singelgebied- 64, De Pijp- 41. Total = 355 approx. (needs updating)

 

   

Hotels in and around Amsterdam's main red light district

   
1.  Hotel Royal Taste٭
2.  Hotel 83٭٭ (Video)
3.  Hotel Torenzich٭
4.  Heart of Amsterdam٭٭
5.  Anco Hotel٭٭
6.  Hotel The Crown ٭
7.  Hotel Vijaya٭  (video)
8.  Hotel Winston٭٭
9.  White Tulip Hostel
10. The Bulldog Hotel
11. Hotel Croydon
12. 1680 B&B٭
13. Mauro Mansion
14. Hotel Cordial٭٭
15. Misc Eatdrinksleep٭٭
16. Hotel The Globe
17. The Greenhouse Effect٭٭
18. Hotel Rokin٭٭٭
19. Travel Hotel٭٭

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20. Hotel Ben٭
21. Tulip Inn (Terminus)٭٭٭
22. Hotel Beursstraat٭
23. Hotel Frisco Inn٭
24. Hotel CC٭٭٭
25. Hotel De Gerstekorrel٭٭
26. Krasnapolsky٭٭٭٭٭
27. Doria hotel٭٭٭ (video)
28. Swissotel٭٭٭٭٭
29. Rho Hotel٭٭٭
30. Hotel DoubleTree٭٭٭٭
31. Hotel Damrak Inn٭٭
32. Hotel Manofa٭
33. Delta Hotel٭٭٭
34. Hotel van Gelder٭٭
35. Hotel Old Quarter٭٭
36. Hotel Luxer٭٭٭
37. Hotel The Orange Tulip٭
39. Hotel De Mallemoolen٭٭
40. De Koopermoolen٭٭
41. De Roode Leeuw٭٭٭٭
42. Hotel Schagen٭٭
43. Hotel Internationaal ٭
44. France Hotel٭٭٭
45. Old Nickel Hotel٭
46. Barbizon Palace٭٭٭٭٭
47. Hotel Prins Hendrik
48. Hotel Neutraal٭٭
49. Park Plaza Victoria٭٭٭٭
50. Grand Hotel Amrath٭٭٭٭٭
51. Sofitel The Grand٭٭٭٭٭
52. Krasnapolsky Apartments
53. Red Light studio
54. Apartment Warmoesstraat
55. Art'otel Amsterdam

 

George's map of Amsterdam's main red light district

(The only up to date map of the area in the world!)

Please Note: The (updated) interactive version of this map has moved to here. It has over 180 clickable hotspots linking to my own photos of every red light window and location on the map plus videos and information on many. I moved it to a separate page in February 2014 to speed up page loading times (The clickable hotspots also have mouseover images which slows down the page).  
Amsterdam red light district interactive map by George
Click here for - Interactive Version

 

Sample of recent photos from interactive map

These are the latest photos from my new separate interactive map page. There are over 250 within the hotspot links.
Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Oudezijds Voorburgwal 92
Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Red Light Secrets
Red Light Secrets
(January 2014)
Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Oudezijds Achterburgwal
Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Oudezijds Achterburgwal
Dollebegijnensteeg
(June 2014)

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