We partnered up with www.AmsterdamRedLightDistrictTour.com to show you all the craziest areas and hidden secrets of Amsterdam's Red Light District.
In this video, we'll give you some insight to the District, show you some things to look out for on the walk and, generally, give you a little snapshot of the places you'll be taken on this eye-opening experience.
We thoroughly recommend it, as a curiosity if nothing else!
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Yeah, you can go in but it’s not the cleanest place in Amsterdam!
Oh, there are tissues. I was like oh, wonder why there aren’t tissues…there are.
Our walk with Amsterdam Red Light Disctrict Tour.com was definitely the most memorable experience we had while in Amsterdam. From just €15 per person for a 90 minute tour, local guide Elard will show you all of what the area has to offer. And we mean all of it…
Here are six of the craziest facts and sights from the tour.
The tour kicks off in Dam Square, quickly taking you to the first stop, the world’s first condom shop.
It was founded in 1987, in the late 80s, in the time when there were more STDs in the city. Nowadays I would say that people here in Holland are much better informed. The Dutch have a quite liberal and Dutch approach when it comes down to sex education.
The Red Light District is known locally as De Wallen and it’s the oldest part of Amsterdam. The church at its centre, Oude Kerk, or the ‘old church’ is the oldest building in the city. The church is surrounded by brothels and is one of the only places in the world where you’ll find them in such close proximity to religious buildings.
Concern about the growing size of the Red Light District has led to the government looking to reduce the number of brothels and cabins in the area. “There’s a big decrease in brothels and there’s the goverment’s plan to change the neighbourhoods, add more variety.”
Many forms of brothels have been converted into cafes and bars. One has even been turned into a hangover cure centre.
One of the weirdest places the tour took us was the last peep show in Amsterdam. Elard explained that this used to be a place that people could come to watch videos and live shows but the internet has pretty much ended the trade in places like this. It was empty inside and quite a bizarre experience. “It’s totally empty, no one is here.”
Hollands largest chain of coffee shops got its start in the Red Light District. Bulldog was founded in 1975 and is now a tourist favourite, with ten shops spread across Amsterdam.
Of course, the craziest things in the Red Light District were off-limits for our cameras. The sex workers do not like being filmed under any circumstances, so there were many times that we had to stop recording. We need to put the cameras away.
Open brothels and the narrowest alley in Amsterdam are two examples of the sights that we just can’t show you. To see more, you’ll have to visit for yourself!