Book the best and most budget friendly accommodation in the Rossebuurt in Amsterdam. It’s one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the city with its long winding narrow, cobbled streets and utterly charming 14 th century architecture. De Wallen or the Walletjes itself is the best known red light district in the city of Amsterdam. Book early for the best accommodation.
Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, and in Amsterdam, most of it is concentrated in the Red Light District. Even if you don’t want to play, this is a place you may want to see at night, when the red lights reflect from the canals’ inky surfaces. Lots of visitors come here out of curiosity or just for fun. There’s no problem with wandering around, and you don’t need to worry much about crime as long as you stick to busier streets — and keep an eye out for pickpockets. Visiting women going around in groups of two or more won’t be noticed any more than anyone else, but a single female might be subject to misrepresentation.
The Red Light District, known in Dutch as Rosse Buurt, isn’t very big. It’s located south of the church Oude Kerk between Centraal Station and Nieuwenmarkt. Singel lies between Raadhuistraat and Centraal Station and de Pijp red light area behind the Rijksmuseum.
The easiest way in is on Damstraat, beside the Krasnapolsky Hotel on the Dam. Then stick to the main drag on Oudezijds Voorburgwal, as far north as the Oude Kerk, the venerable Old Church, which stands watch over this passable representation of Sodom and Gomorrah. If you don’t mind the weird-looking, sad-sack males and the heroin whores hanging around on the bridges, you can go farther in to the parallel canal, Oudezijds Achterburgwal, and to Nieuwmarkt’s cluster of good bars and Chinese restaurants.