Amsterdam's Red Light District: Sint Annendwarsstraat 3

Sint Annendwarsstraat in Amsterdam's red light district

The corner of Trompettersteeg and Sint Annendwarsstraat. After the red light windows here closed in 2012 there was much anticipation as to what it would become. Unfortunately like several other new venues in the area it is a great disappointment. A front for selling some dubious looking blue chemical it has the misleading name "Hangover Information Center". I very much hope it fails miserably and something decent opens in it's place.
Photo taken October 2014.

Sint Annendwarsstraat in Amsterdam's red light district
Sint Annendwarsstraat 3 while work was taking place. Trompettersteeg was still open but even more difficult to walk down when crowded.
Photo taken April 2013.

Picture from George's unique interactive map of Amsterdam's red light district. Includes photos of ALL red light windows and much more. Quartier Rouge Amsterdam - Holland, Rosse Buurt Amsterdam - Netherlands, quartiere a luce rossa Amsterdam
This photo was taken on 21st June 2012. The corner building previously had five red light windows. Sint Annendwarsstraat 3-1, 3-2 and Trompettersteeg 3-3, 3-4, 3-5 were closed on 24th May 2012 as part of Project 1012. Project 1012 is the plan to revitalise central Amsterdam within the 1012 postcode area. It proposes to reduce the size of the red light district and confine it to a more manageable area along the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal and immediately surrounding streets. All windows in the Sexy Land area including those around the Oude kerk (everything west of the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal) are due to close.
The first 15 windows to close were rented from Office 52. The owner agreed to swap them for windows in the allowed region. These 'new' windows had previously shut in 2007/8 after BIBOB procedures failed but the owners were forced to sell up anyway.
At time of writing (Aug 2012), the owners of the remaining windows due to be closed have vowed not to co-operate plus the government doesn't currently have the money to buy them out. For now at least the other windows will remain open.
Time line-

24th May 2012
Closed - Sint Annendwarsstraat 3-1, 3-2 and Trompettersteeg 3-3, 3-4, 3-5
Opened - Stoofsteeg 1-1, 1-2 and Stoofsteeg 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

21st June 2012
Closed - Trompettersteeg 7-4, 7-5 and Dollebegijnensteeg 7-1, 7-2, 7-3
Opened - Oudekennissteeg 5-L, 5-R and Oudezijds Achterburgwal 13-L, 13-M, 13-R

9th August 2012
Closed - Trompettersteeg 3-4, 3-5 and Dollebegijnensteeg 3-1, 3-2, 3-3
Opened - Oudezijds Achterburgwal 40-L, 40-M, 40-R

Picture from George's unique interactive map of Amsterdam's red light district. Includes photos of ALL red light windows and much more. Quartier Rouge Amsterdam - Holland, Rosse Buurt Amsterdam - Netherlands, quartiere a luce rossa Amsterdam
Sint Annendwarsstraat 3-2 not long after the window closed. Photo taken on 21st June 2012

Picture from George's unique interactive map of Amsterdam's red light district. Includes photos of ALL red light windows and much more. Quartier Rouge Amsterdam - Holland, Rosse Buurt Amsterdam - Netherlands, quartiere a luce rossa Amsterdam
Sint Annendwarsstraat 3-1 not long after the window closed. Photo taken on 21st June 2012


Video of Trompettersteeg & Bethlemsteeg in early May 2012 before the 2012 closures



Picture from George's unique interactive map of Amsterdam's red light district. Includes photos of ALL red light windows and much more. Quartier Rouge Amsterdam - Holland, Rosse Buurt Amsterdam - Netherlands, quartiere a luce rossa Amsterdam
Trompettersteeg 3-3 Amsterdam. A last chance to see inside this red light window while it was still being used, well not used exactly when I took the photo but you know what I mean. 


Picture from George's unique interactive map of Amsterdam's red light district. Includes photos of ALL red light windows and much more. Quartier Rouge Amsterdam - Holland, Rosse Buurt Amsterdam - Netherlands, quartiere a luce rossa Amsterdam
These five windows closed on 24th May 2012.



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