A short history
The Red Light District, or ‘De Wallen’ as the area is known to locals, is the oldest district of Amsterdam. Ever since it was built around 1385, it has been both famous and notorious for the women inhabiting its streets.
Since the beginning of modern history, Amsterdam has been a trading city with a large port. As early as the 14th and 15th centuries sailors, who were waiting for their ships to depart, roamed De Wallen. When looking for enjoyment this was the neighborhood that provided them with all they needed: both beer and women were readily available in the countless bars and inns.