The Red Light District: The Kinky Part of Amsterdam

The Red Light District: The Kinky Part of Amsterdam @Iamsterdam

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Good girls go to heaven, others go to the Red Light District.

Warning: Contains sensual images – Strictly for adults only!  

I’ve been in Holland a couple of times because my fiancé lives there. And of course,  whenever I visit, we always go to the famous city of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

I’m going to talk about one of the highlights or a must-see place (strange for some) to visit in Amsterdam.

The Red Light District.

The Red Light District: The Kinky Part of Amsterdam

During my first visit to Holland, “You have to visit the Red Light District”, one of my Best friends suggested since he’s been to Amsterdam a couple of times, so I did (persuading my fiancé to take me there). I was like “why is it called the Red Light District?” only to find out that the whole stretch of the street was lit by red lights (or a little pinkish red).

It’s because of the color of the lights from the “windows” where sex workers of different nationality, color, and shapes rent out to showcase themselves usually half naked, for bread and butter. Yes, you read that right. It’s prostitution.

The Red Light District: The Kinky Part of Amsterdam

People from all over the world come to Amsterdam to witness this “prostitution” being legal in the country. Like any other countries, it was banned before and went underground, but the government lifted this ban and now the prostitution is legal. Provided that these sex workers deliver proper medical certificates stating that they’re free from diseases.

I find it interesting and a little impressive that the Netherlands could turn something that has been stereotyped by the  “conservative” countries like The Philippines for example, into a highlight of your visit to Amsterdam. Or so because this is how I see it, an opportunity for tourism. In Dutch they call the Red Light District, “De Wallen” which means the ramparts (dirty walls that surround the castle).

The Red Light District: The Kinky Part of Amsterdam

I am not that conservative, so seeing the Red Light District amazes me, not that I go there for a reason but of how popular it is for tourists. Sometimes I’d request to my fiancé to walk through there on our way home. He finds it uncomfortable though going to the Red Light District. It is still unusual for Dutch people like him to walk through this part of the city. The government might have legalized the act, but the majority of the locals aren’t proud of it. It is still against the moral values of most Dutch.

It is interesting to see how the government accepted prostitution, how liberated people are that they shrug their shoulders and not make a big drama out of it. The view might be a little or totally “Rated 18” for those who are not used to seeing ladies who are only wearing underwear and lingerie Sex workers would try to pull out those sexy Moulin Rouge pose or Magic Mike moves to attract “customers”. Male sex workers are also available, so don’t fret ladies!

There is a Museum of Prostitution along the Red Light District, this will gives you a glimpse of the life on the other side of the window, as a sex worker. Here are some snaps from the museum:

The Luxury Room

For the adventurous fetish

It’s just like the windows in the shopping malls or boutique stores where they have the mannequin showing off their new arrival clothes except that these windows have curtains, and the color of the lights are red.  I was curious and asked my fiancé and my Dutch friends how it works. It feels like walking in the shopping center going from shop to shop, browsing the stuff, you would check the merchandise and verify the price tag, how the transaction would be.

While we were walking my fiancé pulled me to one side and told me to watch discreetly, the man was closing the deal so I could understand how it works. The man went up to one of the windows and knocked. That is telling the prostitute that he is interested in negotiation. The woman then opened the small door beside the window and let the guy come in. I could see them doing the “negotiation” basically on how much they would agree to settle formalities (I mean price for the service). After few minutes, they finally agreed on a price perhaps because the woman closed the curtain. That’s when I figured out why there were some windows with curtains closed. I thought it was just because no one is there. It’s like a “Do not Disturb” sign or the locals would say the woman is “busy”.

The Red Light District: The Kinky Part of Amsterdam

“For a night? Now come on, Maria, you’re exaggerating. It’s only forty-five minutes, and if you allow time for taking off clothes, making some phoney gesture of affection, having a bit of banal conversation and getting dressed again, the amount of time spent having sex is about eleven minutes.”

“Eleven minutes. The world revolved around something that only took eleven minutes.”

Excerpt from the book 11 Minutes by Paulo Coelho

In my “conservative” country ( The Philippines), when people see you coming out from motels, beerhouses, or any places that could suggest prostitution is happening, you would feel embarrassed. They would try to sneak out as discreetly as possible because they don’t want to be labeled as a patron of prostitution, or whether you’re the prostitute which are highly immoral and against the Filipino values.

However, in Amsterdam, when you came out from one of the windows nobody gives a crap. There might be some nosy lookers but would probably just want to ask you if the service was good!

But wait there’s more! The Red Light District doesn’t only showcases sex workers on the “windows”. It has a lot to offer regarding satisfying your sexual desires. As you pass through the district, you would see the signs of live shows. They offer different shows such as “Live Sex show” which you would have to pay roughly from 50 to 100 Euros. Yes, you read that right. You will be able to watch them, not on TV, but live porn, Dutch porn! Don’t worry if you couldn’t understand what they are saying, doesn’t matter anyway!

Yes, you read that right. You will be able to watch them, not on TV, but live porn, Dutch porn! Don’t worry if you couldn’t understand what they are saying, doesn’t matter anyway!

They also have what they call “The Peep Show”. I guess it’s for those who have the fetish of peeping through a small hole to see couples having sex (or maybe just for the sake of experiencing peeping because you’ve never done it your whole life, and you’re in Amsterdam!). There are some peep show places where you will drop a coin (1 Euro), and they will let you peep through a small hole to see people having sex, or touching themselves for a limited period and if you want more, well, keep on drop ‘em coins!

As we moved along the street, my fiancé told me that there is a place where it became famous because of the kind of show they do. The Banana Show. It is similar to Thailand’s Ping Pong show if you’ve heard of that. For a certain price,  you will be able to watch women do something with their private, well, let’s call it flower, like it has some sort of super powers! Super Vagina!

Women will put different stuff in their flower and it will come out either cut (banana), alive (goldfish), or fruit juice! Clearly, women can do a lot of things that men couldn’t!

The Red Light District: The Kinky Part of Amsterdam

One of the displays at the Sex Museum in Amsterdam

When there are prostitution and  sex, there will be drugs of course. The Red Light District also has “Coffee Shops”, which I was confused at first because I thought it was like a Starbucks kind of coffee shop until my fiancé started laughing and explained to me what it is. It’s a shop that sells and serves cannabis also known as Marijuana. It’s basically like usual coffee shops with tables and chairs and all but without coffee. It is legal in Holland, but I was told that most locals don’t bother using it, mostly tourists do because hey, it’s legal for goodness sake!

The Red Light District: The Kinky Part of Amsterdam

These coffee shops are everywhere in The Red Light District. If you have plans on trying it, whether to puff or eat cookies and brownies with it, make sure you’re feeling happy/good and always in moderation.

And by moderation, I mean even in sex, or not?

It was getting chilly the first night we walked in De Wallen, and it was almost midnight, but the street was still busy with tourists, onlookers, and possible customers. We decided to go home and catch the last bus. I thought I’ve seen enough. My fiancé was glad to leave the place.

 

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The Red Light District: The Kinky Part of AmsterdamJam De La Rama, cruises the seven seas with her fiancé going from one port to another. Exploring the world while drinking wine! She loves shopping, meeting people and taking tequila shots.

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Comments 21

  1. The red light district is definitely a funny place – I’m always fascinated by it and I love how liberal Amsterdam is.

  2. The red light district is fantastic for what it is and how it is, those who have been will know what I mean by that, I love that it is relaxed and there is no pressure on anyone to do anything.

  3. Just because something has been made legal, it doesn’t mean it is morally accepted too. I’ve heard of that part of Amsterdam too, but I’m not quite sure I’d want to visit it even as a tourist.

  4. I have been to Amsterdam before but never went to the red light district, it’s definitely something I’d like to explore though x

  5. This post is so interesting, I haven’t been to Amsterdam at all but I would love to, and hearing about what the locals think of and call things is a perspective you don’t usually get! x

  6. I can imagine it is definitely an interesting place to visit for many reasons – had no idea there was so much to do around the area. x

  7. We visited the red light district while we were in Amsterdam but didn’t partake I hasten to add! It’s a tourist must do I guess.

  8. The museum would interest me, I think it’s safer for women if they do want to be a sex worker to be in a controlled environment, in Amsterdam they do seem to be forward thinkers.

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