Traditionally home to female and transgender prostitutes, activists hope the neighborhood’s famous windows can be opened up to all sex workers. The equality campaign is part of Amsterdam’s Gay Pride festival.
Several men on Saturday displayed their half-naked bodies in some of the tall windows that make up Amsterdam’s Red Light District.
The protest is part of a call for equal rights in Europe’s most liberal tourist destination, which is mostly inhabited by female and transgender female sex workers.
Prostitutes rent a room in the De Wallen neighborhood and use one of the 300 or so windows to advertise their services.
But despite making up 5% of the estimated 25,000 sex workers operating in the Netherlands, men are rarely seen.
Bathed in red neon light, hundreds of prostitutes ply their trade from behind windows in the narrow canalside streets of Amsterdam ? and that’s how they want it to stay.
The Dutch capital’s first female mayor has vowed to clean up the notorious red light district and possibly even close some of the famed window booths, but sex workers say they won’t move.
“I have one thing to say to all these people who call us vulnerable, and that is that they don’t know us at all,” said Felicia Anna, chairwoman of Red Light United, a newly-formed union for window-frame sex workers.
Amsterdam is one of the most visited cities in Europe: Tourists from around the world flock to the charming city year-round and its hotels are almost always at 100 percent occupancy. So it’s crucial to book well in advance. While there is stiff competition for accommodations, there are so many types of hotels to choose from, from properties with canal views and interesting architecture to those with stylish design and fun bars nearby. Here are eight of the best properties—ranging from luxury and boutique to budget and family hotels. Continue at Source: Where To Stay In Amsterdam: 8 Of The Best Hotels
Whether you are breezing through for a swift 36 hours or digging in for a week, there’s just one rule in Amsterdam: Take your time. The city is open and ready for anything you have in mind—a craft beer at the IJ brewery, a bike ride along the canals—you’ll find that the notion of savoring the things and the places you find is very much the Dutch way.
Taking it slow is a good rule of thumb anywhere, but as the Dutch master Van Gogh’s paintings teach us in their famous museum: in the Netherlands, things are often worth a second look.
Here are several must-see attractions in Amsterdam: Continue Source: Must-See Tourist Attractions In Amsterdam
Where to eat, play, and explore in Amsterdam.
As much as there is to do in Amsterdam (and there’s a ton), the city’s basic Venetian characteristics—carved out of a shard of only slightly higher ground, with canals to take the water in—mean that it is made for languorous lounging.
Locals know that much of Amsterdam’s attraction comes from its welcoming ease and are keen to share that with the more than 18 million tourists who visit each year. Hence the “city cards,” of which there are two major providers: I Amsterdam and Amsterdam Pass, either of which you should buy, if only for the free access to all public transportation and the spectacular museum access. Yes, both cards include free entrance to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. That alone is worth the price (from about $115-150 for a five-day stay). Here are other must-see activities and destinations in Amsterdam: Continue at Source: Top Things To Do In Amsterdam
If you’re headed to Amsterdam and you love to eat, Amsterdam Food Tours is a great bet for finding the city’s best eats, drinks, and experiences. As a food writer, beverage professional, and self-proclaimed gourmand, it should surprise exactly no one that my personal travel is often organized around what and where I want to eat.
A simple internet search for “best things to eat in X” is often the starting position, and any worthy excursions in that place better find themselves well situated within the path of my intended food conquests. Source: Top 10 Tastes of Amsterdam