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Red Light District – De Wallen, Amsterdam, Netherlands – Insider Tips

Things to Do in Amsterdam: Red Light District – De Wallen

De Wallen is the best-known section of the red-light district that has made the city of Amsterdam famous. Visitors will want to keep in mind a few tips to get the best experience out of their visit.

Window Browsing

The red-light district is a sex positive area where tourists and locals go to browse along the streets. These streets do not feature merchandise, but men and women selling sexual services. The area is generally quite safe, even if the businesses may surprise people who are unaware of the city’s reputation.

The Sex Industry

In addition to the sexual services sold by individuals, you can also find sex theaters and peep shows.  A popular destination for visitors is the sex museum, which is the oldest museum of its type in the world. It’s open to visitors ages 16 and older, and features exhibits from around the globe. Each of these exhibits is sexual in nature, so it’s most likely not for the conservative type.

Anything Not Sex Related

While the sex industry has made this area famous, there are also townhouses and walkways that make the area quite lovely. Lovely looking churches dot the area, and there are also some very nice restaurants and hotels in the neighborhood. With that said, it would still be hard to avoid the sexual window displays.

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