Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Amsterdam's earliest canals grew out from the IJ River like the roots of a tree, and Warmoesstraat was one of the first streets to follow. Its historical pedigree pales next to its current line-up of leather bars, coffeeshops and fetish shops interspersed with galleries and cool cafes.

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Nearby Medieval Centre & Red Light District attractions

1. Prostitution Information Centre

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Established by a former sex worker, the PIC provides frank information about the industry to those in the trade, their customers and curious tourists. It…

2. Belle Statue

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Bearing the inscription 'Respect sex workers all over the world', the 2007-built bronze statue of Belle stands on a granite pedestal on the square outside…

3. Oude Kerk Tower

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Guides lead intriguing tours up into the 67m-high tower of the Oude Kerk. Tours last 30 minutes and depart every half hour. Prepare for lots of narrow…

4. Oude Kerk

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Dating from 1306, the Oude Kerk is Amsterdam's oldest surviving building. It's also an intriguing moral contradiction: a church surrounded by active Red…

5. Beurs van Berlage

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Master architect and ardent socialist HP Berlage (1856–1934) built Amsterdam's financial exchange in 1903. He filled the temple of capitalism with…

6. Trompettersteeg

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An intriguing place to view the Red Light action is Trompettersteeg, a teeny alley where the women in the windows charge some of the highest prices…

7. Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder

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Within what looks like an ordinary canal house is an entire Catholic church. Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Dear Lord in the Attic) was built in the mid…

8. Brouwerij De Prael


Brouwerij De Prael offers engaging behind-the-scenes tours of its brewery. Tours depart on the hour and last 40 minutes, followed by a sample (or four)…