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Amsterdam's Red Light District:
Urinal & Oudezijds Achterburgwal

Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt)
This is the stretch of canal between Stoofbrug and Molensteegbrug.
Photo taken in April 2013 shortly after the canal repair work was completed. .

Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt)
The urinal opposite Casa Rosso on Oudezijds Achterburgwal in Amsterdam's red light district Holland just after it was put back after a two year absence while canal repair work was being carried out. This is one of three permanent urinals in the red light district. As a regular visitor to the red light district I find it really funny to see first time tourists reaction to these things. Especially women, they will at first not quite realise what the guy inside is doing. Then there is the shock and ultimately the embarrassed laughter.
I have heard some people saying how you just urinate on the floor but this is not true. There is a drain at ground level that runs into the canal nearby. Users though should be careful since there is often a pool of urine and sometimes worse. So stand well back and don't even think of laying your bag down. Another tip is stay clear of these things when the cleaners are around. They use very high pressure hoses and anyone walking nearby is likely to get at least some spray on them. The cleaners don't seem too bothered and just remember what this spray must contain.
A few years ago on Fridays and Saturday temporary ones were also added. These were totally open and the guys were fully visible from behind. They were pretty disgusting and used to fill up and also tilt on uneven ground.
Photo taken April 2013.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Sorry about the quality of this. It shows the same stretch of canal as the first photo but before the canal works. The main difference is the trees which were removed.
Photo taken in 2009.


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