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The three Red Light Districts of Amsterdam

Date: 7. jul 2018.

The Red Light District of Amsterdam is the humming hub of the city and the most famous tourist attraction that you can visit during your Amsterdam tour. Many people are wondering why is this area called the “Red Light” district, why not the blue light, purple or green light instead? The story goes back to the beginning of the 20th century. Back then the railroad crews have used red lanterns for signaling and lighting and many of the crew members have carried one with them as they were leaving the train yard. When they were visiting the working girls they would leave the lantern on the porch of the prostitutes’ house, probably as a way of signaling that she was busy, hence the name.

As we mentioned, the Amsterdam has the three Red Light Districts. The oldest, largest and the best known Red Light District of Amsterdam is “De Wallen” area (Rosse Buurt). It consists of a network of alleys containing approximately three hundred one-room cabins rented by prostitutes that are offering their sex services from behind a window or glass door, typically illuminated with red lights. These \\\"kamers\\\" are the most visible and typical kinds of red light district sex works in Amsterdam and are a large tourist attraction. Being one of the oldest areas of the city, De Wallen has architecture and layout that is typical of 14th century Amsterdam, although many of the buildings were built more recently. The canal system here was contained within the former walls of the city. It’s not only for the great variation of girls who are working here but also for the nice and cozy area with his restaurants, bars, sex shops, sex show / clubs and the coffee shops. The statue of Belle stands perched atop a granite pedestal in front of the Gothic Old Church. Erected by the nearby Prostitution Information Centre to honor prostitutes around the world, Belle is a one-off the world\\\'s first and only such monument. Her hands-on-hips, high-heeled stance appears to embody the Dutch attitude toward the skin trade.

The second Red Light District in Amsterdam is Singelgebied in the Singel district. The Singel is a canal in Amsterdam which encircled the city in the middle ages. It served as a moat around the city until 1585, when Amsterdam expanded beyond Singel. It is the inner-most canal in Amsterdam’s semicircular ring of canals. Part of the Singel has been designated a red light district, with prostitutes offering their services from behind red-lit windows. This red light district is visited mostly by locals who are looking for sexual entertainment. It is not really a tourist area, but since the locals always know the cheapest prices for each service and the best corners of the city for each purpose, this is definitely a place to visit. There are also plenty of bars, coffee shops, sex movie theaters and restaurants. Here you can also find gay-oriented sex cinema among the straight ones and a very special gay-shop with many interesting accessories.

The third Red Light District in Amsterdam is Ruysdaelkade located in the south part of the city in De Pijp neighborhood and it was named by the canal on which is located. The area is well known for the busiest street market of the Netherlands the Albert Cuyp Market. It is the same thing like with the Singel red light district and it is mostly visited by locals. There are about 40 windows filled with girls of all ages and transsexuals whose windows are usually illuminated with the blue light.