"in an Amsterdam whorehouse"

De Wallen, Amsterdam's red light district, is illuminated by night
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeDe Wallen, Amsterdam's red light district, is illuminated by night - Credit: Rungbachduong
One of the major tourist attraction and (in)famous sights of Amsterdam, capital of The Netherlands, is De Wallen – the red light district. In the centre of the old town, the web of narrow alleys comprising the district features around 300 one-room cabins which are lit by red lights and fronted by glass windows, through which prostitutes offer their services. Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, although work permits are not issued for it so most of the prostitutes are European citizens.

The red light district is also home to several brothels, sex shops, a sex museum and ‘coffee shops’ which sell marijuana, adding to its attraction for tourists. A recent change to legislation has, however, restricted the selling of marijuana and will see many coffee shops forced to close.