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The Rokin and Damrak run along the original course of the river Amstel. These two roads meet in Dam Square which marks the spot a bridge was built across the river in 1270. It had doors which were used to dam the river at certain times to avoid flooding. The Damrak then became a harbour and it was around this area that the red light district first appeared. The walled canals led to the names De Wallen and Walletjes.
To the right you can see what remains of the harbour today beside the Damrak. In modern times the harbour has moved to the area behind the station on the IJ and the North Sea Canal.
  Amsterdam 2011. Copyright: http://www.amsterdam-red-light-district-maps.com
The OudeKerk was built replacing a small wooden chapel and cemetery. It is the oldest surviving building in the city.  There are said to be 10,000 people buried there.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal was built.
The first known official document on working girls in Amsterdam states that only servants of the Sheriff were permitted to run parlours. Anyone else attempting to run them were fined. In addition the only areas they were allowed in was Pijlsteeg and Halsteeg (now the Damrak). In the middle ages working girls were considered dishonourable yet a necessity.  A view that has pretty much remained constant.
The Convent of Saint Mary Magdalene of Bethany (Bethaniënklooster) was situated between (the now) Bloedstraat and Oude Hoogstraat. It was held in high esteem and given the task of fattening up cattle for the marksmen. In 1500 the city council purchased some land from the convent and built two streets between Oudezijds Achterburgwal and Kloveniersburgwal. One of these was called Koestraat (cow street).
The area around Oudezijds Achterburgwal had several monasteries and some of the streets owe there names to them. Monnikenstraat (Monks Street) for example. Stoofsteeg (Stove alley) however was so called because it had rooms with stoves where people could warm themselves on cold days. Working girls would solicit men in these rooms.
The map below shows Amsterdam before the large ring of canals had been dug. The red rectangle indicates the position of the Red Light District today.






Amsterdam in 1544
On the 26th May the Catholic city government was deposed. On 29th May a new board was formed, consisting of Catholics and Calvinists. All fornication was deemed punishable, working girls were banned and forced underground though it still prospered. One or two girls would work for a madam who would provide food, accommodation protection and advice. Often the madam and girls would venture out at night visiting pubs and inns to pick up clients.
Parlours remained illegal but tolerated if kept hidden. Trade remained small scale though spread across the city. Well known areas were De Haarlemmerdijk, De Houttuinen, Zeedijk and as always around the harbour.




Public executions were held at Nieuwmarkt during the Spanish inquisition. The blood used to run down a small street nearby. That street we know today as Bloedstraat (blood street).
The map below shows Amsterdam in 1649 mid way through the building of the famous cobweb of canals. The streets around the red light district are almost identical to how we know them now.






Amsterdam in 1649
The above two maps were taken from the internet. Both are listed as 'in the public domain' and re-use is permitted. All other
photos on this website are Copyright © George 2011.
The Golden Tulip
Wealthy men would meet working girls at gambling houses on De Gelderskade and Zeedijk. The girls would then take the men back to the parlours where they came from. However these were often squalored and unappealing to a gentleman of means. A solution to this problem was for the gambling houses to provide boarding for the girls. This suited everyone including the authorities. The gambling houses made the most of it by investing in luxury furnishings and gradually they became upmarket brothels employing up to 30 girls. Famous brothels included De Pijl in Pijlstraat, De Fonteyn in Nieuwmarkt and Madame Therese on the Prinsengracht. For those who could not afford these expensive places there were still girls to be found around Oudekerk.
The ban on working girls was finally lifted. A system of regulation was brought in and there were compulsory health checks. This was largely to protect soldiers from VD. They were given a red card which was essentially a permit to work. If they were found to be infected the card was taken until they could prove they were disease free again.
Today in Amsterdam it is thought that a lot of the Eastern European girls are forced to work against their will. In the nineteenth century a similar situation was going on with French girls. France had occupied Holland  and the big parlours lured the girls with promises of good jobs in Amsterdam. Upon arrival though they were sent directly to the parlours. Their papers and even clothes were taken and they were told they owed money for the service of bringing them to Amsterdam for which they must work off.
The 'Dutch Association against Working Girls' was founded by Reverend Pierson.
Numerous campaigns conducted by the association resulted in the moral law which once again bans brothels, trafficking and pimping. The law defined trafficking as "Any recruiting or mediating a woman to work as a working girl, no matter how voluntary or involuntary". Working girls themselves were not banned though. Once again it was driven underground and tolerated as long it did not cause a disturbance.
With the closure of many parlours some girls moved to De Pijp.
In the 20s and 30s it was accepted there was no way to stop working girls and the authorities pretty much gave up trying to regulate it.
In this year it was estimated that there were around 150 disguised parlours. Fronts included massage, pedicure, manicure, and beauty treatments. Working girls continued to work around the Oudekerk (Oudekerksplein). Instead of being visible as they are today they would stand behind closed curtains and peer through a small crack looking for customers. If they stood in the doorway they would get arrested.
It was also estimated that there were 500 girls working on the streets.
After the second world war working girls were forced out of De Pijp apart from Ruysdaelkade.
Things became more relaxed and women sat in elegant dresses in windows that resembled living rooms.
On 15th Jan a fire rips through Oudezijds Achterburgwal 114.
In the 50s and 60s there were a number of working girl murders. The most famous of which was Johanna Machelia Scheide-Oudes (Magere Jossie) on 11th August 1957. Joop her husband and pimp was arrested and convicted though later released. Others included Barbara van der Eng, Chinese Annie, Finse Henni, Zwarte Judith, Blonde Jackie and Zwarte Jeanne. The deaths were an eye opener to the general Dutch public. For the first time everyone became aware of what was really going on in the RLD. Up until then only the locals knew about the gangland criminals and dodgy businesses that thrived in the area.
In 1963 it was estimated that there were 300 women working in windows and another 190 in private houses or brothels. Women were predominantly Dutch, German, French or Belgian and most lived in the neighbourhood with their pimps. Every girl was registered and had to obey certain codes of decency. Dressing provocatively was forbidden.
The first adult shop opened around 1965 and in 1969 Zwarte Jopie (real name Maurits De Vries ) opened Casa Rosso. Jopie has been described as the first king of the RLD. Despite Jopie's connections with gangland criminals he insured his own area of Amsterdam remained free from (other) drug dealers and petty criminals. This area was a number of buildings between Oudezijds Achterburgwal 84 to 104 and Oudezijds Voorburgwal 107 to 115. Eventually it would included gambling houses, fitness, sauna, living quarters as well as Casa Rosso.
The Dutch language video below shows the red light district in the 60s. There are interviews with working girls, police and residents. It focuses mainly on crime in the area at the time. Update: Sorry but the video no longer works and I assume it was removed.
VIDEO (in Dutch)
Surinam had been part of the Dutch colony and when it was announced that in 1975 they would be granted independence a lot of Surinese moved to Holland. This is because they were fearful of what would come with independence. Many Surinese girls started working in the RLD.
In the 70s Dutch men often took holidays to countries like Thailand and the Philippines for the cheap and plentiful working girls. 'Operators' brought some back to work in Amsterdam's RLD.
Zwarte Jopie opened an adult museum in 1970 on Oudezijds Voorburgwal which later became the adult Club26 where Amsterdam society and mobsters gathered. It was then turned into a casino. 
Zeedijk became run down and controlled by drug addicts. It remained a virtual no-go area into the 80s.
Trompettersteeg is the well known narrow red light alley running from Oudezijds Voorburgwal to Sint Annendwarsstraat. Previously though there were a few other similar alleys albeit with far less windows. Between Sint Jansstraat and Sint Annenstraat and running parallel to them are Leidekkerssteeg, Gooijersteeg, Blaauwlakensteeg and Zwartlakensteeg. At least three of these had red light windows which were closed in the 70s. Today these alleys are blocked by locked gates and there is little evidence of what once went on there. Zwartlakenstraat however does still have the remnants of three windows. Thanks to Derek for this information. I took the photos below in August 2011.
Gooijersteeg, Amsterdam 2011. Copyright: http://www.amsterdam-red-light-district-maps.com
The narrowest of the closed alleys. No sign of the windows remain in Gooijersteeg today.
Leidekkerssteeg, Amsterdam 2011. Copyright: http://www.amsterdam-red-light-district-maps.com
A view looking through the bars of the gate blocking off this former red light alley.
Zwartlakensteeg, Amsterdam 2011. Copyright: http://www.amsterdam-red-light-district-maps.com
Three windows still visible in this alley.
Casa Rosso at it's old location
Casa Rosso at it's old location.
On the 17th December The Bulldog on Oudezijds Voorburgwal opens. This is Amsterdam's first ever coffee shop. Although technically illegal drug sales were tolerated at such places.
In the 80s girls arrived from Latin America and Africa.
On the 16th December 1983 a fire at Casa Rosso ( plus here and here ) destroying addresses Oudezijds Achterburgwal 92-100 kills 13 people. Joseph Lan an ex employee spread petrol around and ignited it with a gun. Firemen are hampered by parked cars and crowds. Joseph was arrested that night and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.
After the fire Zwarte Jopie wanted to leave Amsterdam but the authorities were afraid the area would become like parts of the Zeedijk where drug dealers called the shots.  Zwarte Jopie felt it would be wrong to re-open Casa Rosso at the same location so plans were made to rebuild it 50m further South where it stands today.
Pictures of the ruined buildings in January 1984 here and here.
Five months after the fire Casa Rosso re-opens at it's current location of Oudezijds Achterburgwal 106-108. Details of shows and prices can be found here.
Later flats are built at the site of the old Casa Rosso and a memorial now marks the place where the club once stood.
Casa Rosso memorial on Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam 2011. Copyright: http://www.amsterdam-red-light-district-maps.com
The memorial marking Casa Rosso's old location
Casa Rosso on Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam 2011. Copyright: http://www.amsterdam-red-light-district-maps.com
Casa Rosso in June 2011
A very important event occurs on 6th June. My first visit! However I didn't even find the RLD until my next visit in 1992. Ironically I never had a decent map. If you are reading this anywhere other than amsterdam-red-light-district-maps.com then this page has been copied and not even checked.
On 13th July Zwarte Jopie died from a cerebral haemorrhage and Casa Rosso was sold to Brouwersgracht BV.
After the break up of The Soviet Union the first girls from Eastern Europe start working in Amsterdam.
Parts of Sint Annenstraat and Sint Annendwarsstraat are demolished. When it was rebuilt it included Goldbergersteeg with six new windows.
The PIC organise a project whereby men can work behind the windows. After a few hours the four windows had to shut because there was so much commotion.
Brouwersgracht BV sells Casa Rosso to a company owned by Charles Geerts.
In early 1997 Charles Geerts sells Casa Rosso to his friend Jan Otten. However Jan did not have enough money and Charles gave him financial help. This was seen as suspicious by the authorities. There had been a kidnapping some years earlier and it was thought the money may be related to it. Investigations took place and Jan Otten was not as transparent about his dealings as the authorities would have liked. This ultimately lead to the BIBOB law coming into effect in later years.

A few windows running from the corner of Stoofsteeg and Oudezijds Achterburgwal along Stoofsteeg are converted into part of Cafe Bar de Stoof. The raised area in OA 114 now becomes window seats in the bar where customers can look out across the Oudezijds Achterburgwal.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 114 / Cafe Bar de Stoof on Stoofsteeg, Amsterdam 2011. Copyright: http://www.amsterdam-red-light-district-maps.com
OA 114  in 1995                            Work in progress in 1997                                  The bar in June 2011

Sometime towards the end of the Nineties another narrow red light alley closed. Slapersteeg runs parallel to Lange Niezel and just North West of Oudekerksplein. I recall around four windows in this alley. Each window had a mirror so the girls could see anyone approaching. As with the alleys closed in the 70s it now has a locked gate blocking it's entrance. Luckily when I took this photo though it was actually open.You can just about make out the old windows on the right hand side half way down.
The ban on brothels is lifted on 1st October. This is so authorities can monitor them better and introduce official regulations. Prostitution is now considered a legal profession (self-employed entrepreneurs) and the girls become liable for tax. However for humanitarian reasons working girls do not have to pay since the tax administration deemed them to be essentially victims of human trafficking who were already being exploited by their pimps.
Holland joins the Eurozone and changes their currency from Guilders to Euros at a rate of 2.2 Guilders to 1 Euro. This enables the working girls to get a long over due pay rise. Previously the norm was- (50 Guilders for 10 minutes S or F) or (100 Guilders for 20 minutes S and F). The girls abandon the 10 minute option and select 50 Euros for 20 minutes S and F. This reprsents an increase of 10% after many years of no rises.
This increase is commonly misunderstood and even today I see people claiming the price rose from 50 Guilders to 50 Euros. They forget that it was 50 Guilders for S OR F whereas the new 50 Euros is for S AND F with double the time allowance.
On 1st June the BIBOB act became effective. This act forces business operators to disclose detailed accounting records in order to have their licenses / permits renewed. The legalisation is used to combat organised crime and money laundering which occurs within the RLD. Suspicion alone is now enough to get 'dodgy' businesses shut down. Although on the surface it seems harsh, everyone in the district has known about these illegal activities for years. Girls told me stories back in the nineties about the organised crime that was rife. Previously it had been impossible to stamp it out since the criminals had been cunning and clever. 'Cleaning up the red light district' is a headline that would be repeated the world over in coming years.
A Thai working girl (or TS?) is murdered in Barndestraat. Her / his throat was cut.
According to reports there were 477 licence red light windows in Amsterdam.
The city used the 2003 BIBOB act to try and close one third of all windows within the RLD because owners were unable to comply. However Amsterdam's District Court blocked the closures while brothel owners fought the decision. They argued that financial screening is unfair, because banks and reputable accountants are often unwilling to work with them, making it difficult to keep correct books.
The peep show on Sint Annendwarsstraat is converted into just another adult shop. Only one peep show remains in Amsterdam on Oudezijds Achterburgwal.
At the beginning of the year Bulgaria and Romania join the EU. Girls from these counties can now legally work in Amsterdam. Within a year or two Bulgarians easily out number Dutch girls in the red light district.
In March a bronze statue named Belle is placed in Oudekerksplein with the inscription- "Respect sex workers all over the world".
In September owner Charles Geerts is forced to close 51 windows. Amsterdam authorities purchased 18 properties for 25 million Euros (depending on what report you read). Many of the windows are initially used for 'house art installations' and 'designers fashion creations'. I can personally confirm closures included the following buildings-
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 13, 17, 19, 27, 40, 60, 64, 66, 80, 82, 121, Boomsteeg 1, Trompettersteeg 5Oudekennissteeg 5, Sint Annenstraat 20, 22Stoofsteeg 1, 6, Oudekerksplein 4, 22, 24, 26, 30
Several windows on Singelgebied were also closed.
After the closures there are a total of 403 red light windows left in Amsterdam ( I made an error when previously stating there were 400 ). Main red light district- 291, Singlebied- 67, De Pijp- 45.

Belle- Oudekerksplein, Amsterdam 2011. Copyright: http://www.amsterdam-red-light-district-maps.com'Belle'
In December Dutch authorities announced a major crackdown on organized crime in the RLD and launched what they called the 'Coalition Project 1012' (after the postal zone). Both tax inspectors and the police would investigate what has long been seen as a major problem. The district is considered a magnet for petty criminals, human traffickers as well as drug lords and mobsters who use the situation to launder money.
The 10 year Coalition Project 1012 plans closures around the Oudekerk as well as parts of Singelgebied and all of De Pijp. Alderman Lodewijk Asscher (Dutch politician and acting Mayor of Amsterdam between 12th March 2010 and 7th July 2010) stated "Large-scale and drastic change in function of the entrance to the capital city. We are going to re conquer the heart of the city, and give it back to the Amsterdammers. The idea is not to completely abolish prostitution in Amsterdam, but regulate it more, and thus try to fight abuse of women". The project will also focus on areas outside the red light district like Damrak because, and I quote "The street is dominated by cheap hotels and restaurants, tourist shops, and other 'low quality' businesses".
According to Elisabeth Iping (chair person of Amsterdam’s Centre City borough) window working girls will be allowed only in the direct vicinity of the Oude Nieuwstraat and the Oudezijds Achterburgwal, and then only under strict new rules.
In January the city council announced plans to close the Bananen Bar and Casa Rosso. However eventually it was decided that they could remain open.
In May it is announced that two gambling halls in the RLD will not have their licenses renewed. They are Buddy Buddy at Oudezijds Achterburgwal 30 and one on Molensteeg. This is because owner Marcel Kaatee is alleged to be the 'financial man' behind Willem Holleeder who for years extorted money from real estate tycoon Willem Endstra. Although exonerated he was still thought to have been involved in some way and the gambling halls used for money laundering. Under the BIBOB legalisation suspicion is enough.
Towards the end of the year Job Cohen (Mayor of Amsterdam 2001–2010) announced plans to close up to half of the city's 400 windows, 70 coffee shops and adult clubs. Over the coming years more announcements are made though numbers and details seem inconsistent. 
In December Magic Mushrooms are officially banned. Shops are allowed to sell out their supplies but soon they are only available under the counter or not at all. The decision was made when a French girl died after jumping from a bridge high on mushrooms. This was one of many cases of inexperienced tourists in Amsterdam taking mushrooms without knowing the full effects and getting themselves into trouble.
A law is proposed that would make it illegal for a working girl to be under 21 (currently it is 18). It is thought that girls below this age are more easily forced or coerced to work.  In addition it prevents the girls rushing into a job they may later regret.
Under the 'final version' of Coalition Project 1012 it is confirmed that 26 coffeeshops in and around the red light district must close within three to six years. Later in the year the council suggests the coffee shops can stay in business if they are allowed to move. Exact details seem vague.
A law is proposed to prevent tourists from buying drugs in coffeeshops. Shops will be forced to introduce a members only pass system (the weed pass) which only locals will be allowed to have. Soft drugs are tolerated though not legal in Holland and it is considered wrong that 'outsiders' should visit the country to buy and use them.
After the city approached DSP Groep in 2008, Paul Hulshof sets up an unofficial panel of prostitute customers. This is a way that the city can gain opinions directly from the people who visit the girls. As a member of this group I was asked several questions about my knowledge of trafficking, abuse and opinions on minimum ages and restrictions on working hours.
19 year old Hungarian working girl "Bertie" is stabbed to death on 20th February in Oudezijds Achterburgwal 38. She is the 13th to be killed since 1990. A 46 year old man was arrested a short time afterwards but released later. In 2012 Walter Stokman directed a documentary about Betty Szabó's life story. "Dirty Windows" goes to her birthplace in Nyíregyháza Hungary and they talk to her father and friends..
Six windows in Molensteeg close temporarily ( 7-1, 7-2, 9-1, 9-2, 11-1, 11-2 ). This coincides with arrests in both Holland and Hungary connected with trafficking of women in Amsterdam.
In January the girls are told they must now start paying tax.  Previously they had been exempt for humanitarian reasons but after 10 years and efforts to clean up the RLD it is now considered appropriate. Most girls avoid paying full tax though by declaring only a fraction of earnings. 
Also in January 'Red Light Radio' opens at former red light window Oudekerksplein 22.  Currently they only broadcast online.
Another former window at Oudezijds Achterburgwal 64 becomes an Ice Cream shop.
In March improvement work begins on the canal walls of Oudezijds Achterburgwal between Stoofbrug and Molensteegbrug. It is expected to take two years. The work starts with the removal of canal side trees and lamp posts. The famous Stoofbrug (Stoof bridge) is also removed for the duration of the work. Heavy machinery is then brought in to build a temporary steel barrier where water can be drained from parts of the canal. Surprisingly the area remains largely open to the public. Windows mostly stay open as well unless work is being carried out in close proximity.
In May the six closed windows in Molensteeg ( 7-1, 7-2, 9-1, 9-2, 11-1, 11-2 ) re-open. 
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam 2011. Copyright: http://www.amsterdam-red-light-district-maps.com
Oudezijds Achterburgwal (14th June 2011)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam 2011. Copyright: http://www.amsterdam-red-light-district-maps.com
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 66 & 64
Summer 2011 an ice cream shop opened at former red light building 64.
Oudekerksplein, Amsterdam 2011. Copyright: http://www.amsterdam-red-light-district-maps.com
Oudekerksplein 22
In January 2011 'Red Light Radio' started broadcasting from these former red light windows.

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 121, Amsterdam 2011. Copyright: http://www.amsterdam-red-light-district-maps.com
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 121
Fashion displays remain in some of the windows though many are now empty.
A temporary bridge takes the place of the original Stoofbridge in mid 2011.
Sexy Land adult shop closes in September for good. 
The last remaining window in Korsjespoortsteeg at no. 8 in the Singelgebied closes towards the end of 2011.

January 1st marks 10 years of Holland using the Euro. It also marks 10 years since most of the working girls increased how much they charge for their services. When taking inflation into account, in real terms they are now charging customers 25% less than in 2002. Although prices are not set by anyone but themselves it's difficult for them to all agree on new prices since they come from many different countries and work independently. Some however are sensibly adopting their own pricing structure to reflect inflationary rises.
A Romanian working girl is stabbed in a room on Oudezijds Achterburgwal at 8.30am 1st Jan. Seriously hurt but survives. Man arrested.
The last two remaining two windows in Bergstraat at no. 2 in the Singelgebied closes during May or June. This drastically reduces the boundary of that district.
Amsterdam  red light district Oudezjids Achterburgwal
Work continues on the walls of Oudezijds Achterburgwal. A selection of artifacts from the canal is cleaned and put on display. It spans six centuries.

Amsterdam red light district
This cropped version of my red light district windows map shows how Project 1012 has affected the layout of the windows in 2012. Project 1012 is the plan to revitalise central Amsterdam within the 1012 postcode area. It proposes to reduce the size of the red light district and confine it to a more manageable area along the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal and immediately surrounding streets. All windows in the Sexy Land area including those around the Oude kerk (everything west of the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal) are due to close.
The first 15 windows to close were rented from Office 52. The owner agreed to swap them for windows in the allowed region. These 'new' windows had previously shut in 2007/8 after BIBOB procedures failed but the owners were forced to sell up anyway.
I have circled the 15 closures in red and the 14 re-openings in green. The owners of the remaining windows due to be closed have vowed not to co-operate and the government doesn't currently have the money to buy them out. For now at least the windows will remain open.

24th May 2012
Closed - Sint Annendwarsstraat 3-1, 3-2 and Trompettersteeg 3-3, 3-4, 3-5
Opened - Stoofsteeg 1-1, 1-2 and Stoofsteeg 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

21st June 2012
Closed - Trompettersteeg 7-4, 7-5 and Dollebegijnensteeg 7-1, 7-2, 7-3
Opened - Oudekennissteeg 5-L, 5-R and Oudezijds Achterburgwal 13-L, 13-M, 13-R

9th August 2012
Closed - Trompettersteeg 3-4, 3-5 and Dollebegijnensteeg 3-1, 3-2, 3-3
Opened - Oudezijds Achterburgwal 40-L, 40-M, 40-R
  At the end of October a plan to ban all non nationals / foreign tourists from coffeeshops was cancelled in Amsterdam and other major cities.
New minimum age of 21 for working girls comes into affect on 1st January.
Nothing major happened in 2014. Just lots of talk about what will close and when.
January 1st brings the closure of 6 windows in Bethlemsteeg. As far as I know this is due to Project 1012.
February: Former red light windows on Boomsteeg are being worked on to transform them back to windows after they were forced to close back in 2007/8. This means there has been no net loss of windows within the main red light district for 7 years despite several closures. Each closure has been matched with a re-opening of older windows elsewhere. An indication that the authorities are not trying to get rid of the district and merely want to make it safer for the girls and better police it as they have claimed all along.
2016 Project 1012 continues with the closure of all 8 windows in Goldebergersteeg, 2 at Sint
Annendwarsstraat 26 and 3 at Sint Annenstraat 21.
Amsterdam Red Light District
May 17th: 14 windows finally re-open on Boomsteeg and Oudezijds Achterburgwal. These are run by the ladies themselves under the "My Red Light" scheme.
High Time coffeeshop becomes Wijde Alley and a crappy shop opens at Sint Annenstraat 21.
For the latest red light district news go to my main page


Vintage photos (& drawings)
The previous format for this section no longer works so I have replaced it with a series of embedded photo albums. I have no control over the exact pictures shown but I know there are some great ones if you are prepared to go through a few. Use the arrows to move them along and click any thumbnail for a bigger picture.
Sint Annendwarsstraat  (or related)
Dollebegijnensteeg (or related )
Trompettersteeg (or related)
Bethlemsteeg (or related)
Oudekerksplein (or related)
Casa Rosso (or related)
This is the adult show on Oudezijds Achterburgwal. I included these because of the 1983 photos from just after the famous fire.
Stoofsteeg (or related)
A nice selection of photos here showing Stoofsteeg and Stoofbrug. Includes one of firemen on Stoofbrug tackling a fire at Oudezijds Achterburgwal 114 which is now part of Cafe Bar de Stoof.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal (or related)
Just about every building on this red light canal is covered here.
Molensteeg (or related)
Not the best set but worth including
Bloedstraat (or related)
It didn't used to be known for what it's known for now of course.
Gordijnensteeg (or related)
The buildings have changed several times over the years. When I first went in the early 90's it still had it's very narrow section though where you see the car parked it was paved over.
Hotel De Roode Leeuw Amsterdam
Hotel Delta Amsterdam
Hotel 83 Amsterdam
Hotel De Gerstekorrel Amsterdam
Hotel Prins Hendrik Amsterdam
Hotel Delta Amsterdam
Hotel Old Nickel Amsterdam
Hotel Old Nickel Amsterdam


A few more
My photos
Trompettersteeg Great pic of working girls in Trompettersteeg
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 100-92 Casa Rosso fire (at old location)
16th Dec 1983
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 100-92 Casa Rosso fire 
16th Dec 1983
Oudezijds Voorburgwal & Oudekerk Fascinating drawing
18th century?

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