Villa Tinto in Antwerp's red light district

                                     Antwerp's Red Light District

Antwerp (or Antwerpen) in Belgium has a single red light district in an area known as 't schipperskwartier. This translates to 'shipper's quarters' and covers Schippersstraat, Vingerlingstraat, Verversrui and Villa Tinto. Villa Tinto is a building / area (see photo above) which resembles a kind of shopping thoroughfare and you could easily imagine boutiques there. It was opened in 2005 and is supposedly "Europe's most high tech bordello". It's said to have it's own mini police station though in reality there's just a sign on a door which I am told is to indicate there is a high police presence in the area. Kind of a strange idea if you ask me.
Schippersstraat, Vingerlingstraat and Verversrui are all quite similar. They have been pedestrianised and done up quite recently and even have shiny new urinals. The area is spacious and feels quite safe with a near constant police presence. Apart from the windows there are a few snack bars, stores, a Chinese restaurant and a night club. There are also two adult shops, one of which doubles up as a peep show on Vingerlingstraat.
When I was there in January 2012 Verversrui 28 was just being finished and appears that way in my photo. There is a closed building at Schippersstraat 12. This seems to be some kind of derelict shop and will need extensive work before it's likely to open again. Windows and a burger bar appear on some maps at Schippersstraat 1A. These are now closed (June 2011 + January 2012).
If you do visit don't forget the rest of the city. Antwerp is very beautiful and small enough to do in one day. I highly recommend it.


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All photo links on this page were taken by myself on the 7th, 8th June 2011 and 12th January 2012. I stayed at the Internationaal Zeemanshuis but that hotel is now closed. Below you will see my interactive map. I have tried to make it accurate though with such a short time to gather the information and take the photos I suspect there are a few errors. In Villa Tinto for example it was not clear what all the rooms were, whether two adjacent windows were one or two rooms etc. Click here for a high res printable version. 
Unlike my Amsterdam maps it is unlikely I will be able to update my Antwerp map very often. Last checked and updated- January 2012.

 

George's interactive map of Antwerp's red light district- 't Schipperskwartier

Mouse-over any location to see a thumbnail or click to view a larger image along with information and more photos. Printable map here. Save to computer and print using high quality settings. Similar interactive maps are available for Amsterdam, Den Haag, Haarlem, Utrecht, Brussels, Ghent and the two smaller Amsterdam red light districts - Singelgebied and De Pijp.
Antwerp's only red light district is situated in an area called  't Schipperskwartier which translates to 'skippers quarters'. This covers Schipperstraat, Verversrui, Vingerlingstraat and a place called Villa Tinto Antwerp Hotels Villa Tinto in Antwerp's red light district Villa Tinto in Antwerp's red light district

 

 
 

 

Click for high resolution photos. Pictures are from above interactive map links.
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