The Dutch have a very relaxed attitude to sex and drugs compared with most other countries and many visitors are drawn to the novelty of the Red Light district.
The Red Light district is situated in one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam and consists of over 300 small cubicles with glass frontages and illuminated with a red light. Behind the window or glass door, both male and mainly female prostitutes sell their services. The cubicles are located on either side of very narrow alleyways.
Some may consider the area rather seedy, as not only is prostitution openly displayed but there is also a selection of sex shows, shops, theatres and museums.
The district dates back to the 14th century when it was famous for its pubs and a meeting place for sailors. The area is at its busiest in the late evening and early morning and it doesn't cost anything to just look!
You are not permitted to take pictures in the Red Light area and security may take your camera if you are caught.
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