Sex workers and Red Light District
The Red Light District ("De Wallen") is a historic and unique neighbourhood in Amsterdam that fascinated visitors for centuries. Treating residents and sex workers with respect is absolutely essential during your visit to Amsterdam.
Do's and dont's in the Red Light District
Everyone is welcome to visit the Red Light District, although, always be respectful and never take photographs or record videos. Please note it's prohibited to drink alcohol and smoke cannabis in public. This behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in fines.
Official guided tours of the Red Light District are not allowed.
Legal sex work in Amsterdam
Window brothels, sex clubs and escort agencies can operate legally if they have been granted the relevant permits by the City of Amsterdam. If you decide to visit a sex worker, practice safe sex and never deal with sex workers under 21 years of age.
Forced sex work is an extremely serious crime. Remain vigilant to indications of forced sex work (such as anxiety, bruises or willingness to have intercourse without a condom). Report any suspicions to the police by calling 0900-8844 /+31 343 578 844 or anonymously on 0800-7000 (from a Dutch phone).
Bars and nightclubs in the Red Light District
During weekends, bars and other catering establishments in the Red Light District must close at 2:00. Access to these entertainment venues is only possible upon one hour before closing time.
Things to do in the Red Light District
Behind the beautiful façades and leaning gabled houses of the Red Light District, you'll find museums, theatres and cultural institutions. The cobbled streets are packed with quirky shops, lively pubs and fantastic restaurants. Read on for more things to do in the Red Light District.