Red Light Districts Picture Gallery


Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal works (2011-2013)

A section of canal wall was repaired on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal between March 2011 and March 2013. It caused a lot of noise and disruption to this very busy and central part of the red light district. For a while there was no Stoofbrug and often tourists were just walking on sand or uneven metal sheets. Large machines worked dangerously close to pathways and at night drunken revelers jumped across the partially covered canal.

March 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
A sign announces the two year closure for traffic along the canal side road.  
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
Stoofbrug (stoof bridge) has been removed for the duration of the work. I am told it will be put back when work is completed.  
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
Also in March 2011. Canal side lamp posts are removed and replaced with shiny new ones closer to the buildings. Trees are also removed.

June 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
The narrow streets and canals makes it difficult for heavy machinery to gain access and work. 
Oudezijds Achterburgwal and Monnikenstraat, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
A platform is used for the machines.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
Equipment is stored on the canal itself so the canal side streets remain relatively clear.  
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
Surprisingly pedestrians are allowed to walk past the working machines.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
A rare cross section view of a canal side wall, outside OA 43.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
The canal is split in two so one side can be drained.

August 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
Little changed over summer.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
A temporary bridge was erected to replace Stoofbrug for the remainder of the work.
 
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
The original one will be put back after the work has finished. 
October 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
A large section of Oudezijds Achterburgwal is pumped dry enabling workmen to improve the canal wall.  
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
The other half remains full of water.
 
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
The area is fairly water tight though pumps continuously pump out the leaks.
 

August 2012
January 2013
 
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2011
The canal wall is rebuilt with reinforced concrete and a brick face to insure it resembles the original structure.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam, Copyright: George 2013
Last touches to the wall in January.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowy Amsterdam
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal
(January 2010)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal
(January 2010)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal,  Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal
(January 2010)
St. Jansbrug on Oudezijds Voorburgwal,  Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
St. Jansbrug on Oudezijds Voorburgwal
(January 2010)
Oudezijds Voorburgwal from Hotel Vijaya window   Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Voorburgwal from my Hotel Vijaya window. (January 2010)
Oudekerk by the Oudezijds Voorburgwal    Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudekerk by the Oudezijds Voorburgwal
(January 2010)
Oudekerksplein   Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudekerksplein
(January 2010)
Oudekerksplein looking towards the Juice Bar and Sint Annendwarsstraat,  Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudekerksplein looking towards the Juice Bar and Sint Annendwarsstraat. (January 2010)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal
(January 2010)
De Pijp RLD in South Amsterdam on Ruysdaelkade,  Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
De Pijp RLD in South Amsterdam on Ruysdaelkade. (January 2010)
Singelgebied RLD. Singel canal and Korte Korsjespoortsteeg,  Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Singelgebied RLD. Singel canal and Korte Korsjespoortsteeg. (January 2010)
Singelgebied RLD. Spuistraat, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Singelgebied RLD. Spuistraat.
(January 2010)
Singelgebied RLD. The corner of Spuistraat and Korte Kolksteeg, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Singelgebied RLD. The corner of Spuistraat and Korte Kolksteeg. (January 2010)
Oudekerksplein by Oudezijds Voorburgwal, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudekerksplein by Oudezijds Voorburgwal
(January 2010)
Oudekerk next to Oudezijds Voorburgwal, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudekerk next to Oudezijds Voorburgwal
(January 2010)

 

Red light district windows closed in 2007
   Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Boomsteeg
(June 2011)
Oudekerksplein 4, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudekerksplein 4 
(June 2011)
Oudekerksplein 22 is now Red Light Radio, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudekerksplein 22 is now Red Light Radio
(June 2011)
Oudekerksplein 30, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudekerksplein 30
(June 2011)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 13, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 13
(June 2011)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 17 and Boomsteeg, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 17 and Boomsteeg
(June 2011)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 19 and Boomsteeg   Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 19 and Boomsteeg
(June 2011)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 27    Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 27
(June 2011)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 60, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 60
(June 2011)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 66 and 64,   Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 66 plus the new ice cream shop at 64. (June 2011)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 80, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 80
(June 2011)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 82, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 82
(June 2011)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 121,    Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 121
(June 2011)
Stoofsteeg 1   Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Stoofsteeg 1
(June 2011)
Stoofsteeg 6, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Stoofsteeg 6
(June 2011)
Between Oudekerksplein 22 and 28, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Between Oudekerksplein 22 and 28 there is a passage way leading to a small court yard which used to contain some windows. (October 2008)
Between Oudekerksplein 22 and 28,  Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
More ex red light windows in the court yard (October 2008)
Between Oudekerksplein 22 and 28, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
More windows in the tiny court yard.
(October 2008)
Trompettersteeg 5, Amsterdam red light district (De Wallen / Walletjes / De Rosse Buurt). Copyright: George 2011
Trompettersteeg 5 (June 2011)


In 2007 under the 2003 BIBOB act several red light windows were closed. Most were initially used for 'house art installations' and 'designers fashion creations'.
In June 2011 some of those displays still remained though others had gone. For example Oudekerksplein 22 had become Red Light Radio and Oudezijds Achterburgwal 64 had become an ice cream shop. Several however were empty and starting to look abandoned.
Dates show when the photos were taken.
In 2012 some were allowed to re-open after others were forced to close in the Sexy Land area. This was part of a swap and a long term plan to have the district in a smaller more controllable area.

 

Views from Oudekerk Tower
Looking towards Centraal Station with Warmoesstraat running diagonally from left to right. (April 2010)
Looking down at windows in Oudekerksplein by end of Enge Kerksteeg. (April 2010)
Looking towards St. Nicolaaskerk with Centraal Station to left. (April 2010)
Shows Oudezijds Voorburgwal and Oudekerksbrug. (April 2010)
Looking out across Trompettersteeg, Dollebegijnensteeg with Zuiderkerk in the background and Oudezijds Voorburgwal running diagonally across photo. (April 2010)
Looking across Trompettersteeg, Dollebegijnensteeg, Sint annenstraat and Oudezijds Voorburgwal and with Sint Annendwarsstraat visible to right.
(April 2010)
Sint annendwarsstraat running from Oudekerksplein. (April 2010)
Looking across Warmoesstraat towards Dam Square. (April 2010)
Looking across Warmoesstraat towards Damrak. (April 2010)

  Haarlem Red Light District in snow
In this photo you can just see the sharp spire of Waalse Kerk in the very centre. This is the location of Haarlem's tiny red light district. (January 2010)
St. Bavochurch in Oude Groenmarkt. A short way south of the RLD. (January 2010)
Bakenessergracht on the East side of the red light district. (January 2010)
Begijnesteeg is part of Haarlem's tiny RLD.  't Steegje is half way down on the left with 't Poortje at the far end. (January 2010)
A small walk in area called 't Steegje on Begijnesteeg. Some of the ladies are visible from the street others are not. (January 2010)
Another walk in area is 't Poortje on Begijnhof. It costs 6 Euros just to go in and take a look! (January 2010)
Another shot of 't Poortje in Begijnhof. (January 2010)
Koorte Begijnestraat with De Rode Lantaarn on the right. (January 2010)
De Rode Lantaarn on Koorte Begijnestraat is another walk in area containing a small number of windows. (January 2010)
An adult shop on Jansstraat. (January 2010)
Red light windows in Begijnhof around the Waalse Kerk. (January 2010)
Red light windows in Begijnhof around the Waalse Kerk. (January 2010)
 

Miscellaneous
Above and below. Canals are regularly dredged for rubbish. I watched while they pulled bike after bike out of the Oudezijds Achterburgwal and Oudezijds Voorburgwal. (August 2008)
Trompettersteeg with Bethlemsteeg in the distance. taken from the upstairs room at Tromp 3-1. A very nice young lady let me lean out of her window to take this photograph. (June 2011)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 43-3. Feel free to make up your own jokes. (May 2009)
 
No photography signs are on almost every window. These should be taken very seriously. If a girl's picture appears on the internet it can lead to huge problems for them back home including physical violence.  That is why they will yell, scream and often chase tourists who take photos of them.
Kamer (room / window) for hire sign. The girls rent a room from an owner and pay each day at one of several 'offices'.
Prices are typically around 140 Euros per 8 hour shift.
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