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Did you know Amsterdam's sex workers rank as the world's best for sexual health?


[ When ]All year round

[ City ]Netherlands

[ Good For ]Free spirited party people

[ Weather ]Four seasons. Warm summer & freezing winter

[ Crowd ]Pop. 1.6 million. 5 millions tourists annually

[ Cost ]$$$

[ Sex Work ]

Sex work is legal and regulated

[ Sexy Score ]   

-          Amsterdam’s infamous red light district is one off the most well known in Europe. Tourists flood to the city to catch a glimpse of the girls behind the windows. Sex tourists and standard tourists flock to the district to visit strip clubs, sex shops and to watch the famous peep shows. Over five millions people each year visit Amsterdam to see the red-light district as well as the city’s cannabis coffee shops and historical sites like the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Amsterdam has an incredible range of offerings for tourists to access from its culture and history to sex, drugs and its notoriously clubbing scene.

Getting There

Flying is the best option for getting to The Netherlands. International flights can be expensive so jump on cheap flights during the sales when you can! If the Netherlands isn't the first stop on your European agenda then you're in luck. Flights from other European countries are cheap and quick. The EuroRail is a great option if you're coming from somewhere so check out some of the scenic train routes you can take.

Where to Stay

Like most European cities the options for accommodation in the Netherlands range from cheap and cheerful hostels and homestays to ritzy five start hotels and resorts, so you'll never be stuck without a roof over your head regardless of your budget. The red light districts, especially in Amsterdam, can be great places to stay if you want be amongst the action and love to party, even if your not there to visit the girls behind the windows. These areas can also be cheaper, so if partying is your thing check them out. Remember to book early though, especially in the busy season as places book out fast!

Sexy Score

Sex is quick to come to mind when you think of the Netherlands so it's most definitely going to be on the brain when you're there! Even if you're not a paying customer, a local may just have a sweet spot for that Aussie accent

Sex in other Cities Tipsheet
  • Know your limit. One of the other major attractions of the Netherlands is legal marijuana and lighting up in one of the many 'coffee shops' is a popular part of a trip to the country. This is a great way to relax but just remember to know your limits and what you can handle.
  • The Dutch are famous for their cheese so put on your brand new clogs (the only way to travel) and go out and get yourself some Gouda
  • Watch out for Cyclists! Bikes are one of the most common ways of getting around the city. In Amsterdam, cyclists have right of way, not pedestrians, so make sure you're paying attention when crossing the road/path. Locals are not likely to stop if you get in their way so keep your eyes open to avoid ending up on the ground or in a canal.
  • Finding your way back to your hotel or hostel when you've hit it a bit too hard can be difficult and the swarms of cyclists and trams that seemingly appear out of nowhere can also pose a bit of a challenge. Have important addresses and maps close at hand to help you navigate the city.
  • Remember to pack warm. Even in the summer the temperature can drop quite quickly, especially over night. The winters can be freezing so if you're in country then, definitely bring a winter jacket.
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What could go wrong

Although sex work and brothels are well regulated in the Netherlands, there is still illegal sex trafficking. So if you are going to visit the red light district for its intended purpose, just make sure you are careful when choosing which establishment to visit and we highly recommend double and triple checking that your girl is there by choice and of age.

If you are visiting with the intention of going to a red light district to experience the girls selling their wares, remember to pack your condoms! Even if you're not visiting with that in mind, it's always good to keep them handy, just in case you meet someone along the way on your travels.

The Netherlands is regarded as a safe country, which is great news for travellers! In saying that, as with any tourist hotspot, it pays to be aware of where your belongings are to avoid having your bag lost/snatched or falling prey to pick pockets.

Where to get help

Most major cities across the Netherlands have sexual health clinics that offer a variety of services including full STI and HIV testing.

Sexually Transmitted Infection Outpatient Clinic (SOA Polikliniek)
Phone: 020-555 5822
(Mon-Fri 8:30-10:00, 13:30-16:30).

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
AHF Testing Centre,
Jodenbreestraat 158
Testing: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 13.00-19.00 (no appointment necessary).
The website has information in English about the clinic, their testing processes and other helpful information.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel.:+31 20 620 62 61

STI outpatients clinic is located at Utrecht University Medical Centre (UMC Utrecht)
Telephone consultation hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 13.00 hrs to 14.00 hrs
Tel: 088 - 75 574 14
(call is free and anonymous)
To make an appointment:
Monday to Friday, 08.00 - 12.00 (but not between 10.00 to 10.30)
or between 13.00 and 16.30
Tel: 088 - 75 532 00.
Testing is free and anonymous.

Want to know more?

Sex on holiday happens.

Whether planned or not, away from home we lose at least some of our inhibitions
and may take more risks than we would at home. 

This is ok, it’s what makes travelling so exciting.
Accepting this before we go is the first step to planning.

To help you get home with no more than a bruised bank account
and awesome memories, here are some useful tips:

  • Carry condoms. Pack condoms before you leave home. Condoms aren’t always readily available or good quality so grab some before you leave and carry a supply in your handbag or wallet. Holidays and a sense of freedom doesn’t make you less susceptible to STIs so take care every time you have sex.
  • Have an STI test before you go and after you get back. Click here for testing locations.
  • Sex workers in other countries are not always in a safe environment or hold the same standards of safer sex and STI testing as they do in Australia. Use condoms and insist on using them.
  • Holidays can encourage us to try drugs and drink more alcohol than we might at home. Your body is still your body, regardless of where you are – know your limits and keep to them. Drugs and alcohol can impair our ability to keep our wits about us and recognise dangers – in a foreign place this becomes even more important. 

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  • Comment Link anonymous Tuesday, 02 December 2014 02:47 posted by anonymous

    Spent some time in Amsterdam last Christmas.. The cold weather/snow certainly doesn't stop them from partying!! Would recommend going to Anne Frank museum and hitting up the vintage stores whilst your there, there's a lot more to Amsterdam than sex shows and coffee shops!