The Amsterdam Red Light District covers a large area of the oldest part of the city. The buildings are tall, thin and crowd together, overlooking the tree lined canals. The Red Light District Amsterdam is a beautiful area and the later it gets, the busier it gets. And the darker it gets, the more obvious the glow of the fluorescent red lights above the many windows in the area becomes. Dating back to the 14th Century when sailors arrived in need of some female company, the redlight area is full of sex shops, brothels, gay bars, cinemas, hotels and different kinds of museums. This infamous part of the city is a major tourist attraction. Each year, millions of visitors come to see this vibrant and exciting part of Amsterdam.
The Red Light District is located just south (10 minutes walking) of Centraal Station, the main train station. It consists of theater’s, shops, museums, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and of course the famous windows (about 250) with sexy girls, dressed in eye-popping underwear. And window-shopping, performed by both sexes is a favorite activity in the Red Light District. Although there is a lot of adult entertainment, it is much more then just a tourist attraction. This district of 300-year-old gabled buildings and expensive real estate houses doctors, lawyers and plenty of families. It is a tolerant community where freedom is highly valued. Lately the City Counsel is trying to root out money laundering in this area. Business owners are scrutinized and if the can’t proof that their earnings are legal, they loose their license. Some sex shops and brothels already closed their doors. Nevertheless, the prostitution in Amsterdam’s Red Light District will stay but will be accompanied by “Redlight Fashion” (young fashion designers) in order to diversify the businesses in this area and keep it an attractive tourist attraction.
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