“Red Light District” to disappear from signposts in Amsterdam

“Red Light District” to disappear from signposts in Amsterdam

As the name “Red Light District” refers explicitly to prostitution, the term will no longer be used on signposts for the Wallen area. D66 tourism alderman Victor Everhardt stated during a city council debate, “Red Light District has a side effect which we don’t want”.

No more “Red Light District” signs

Several parties in the city council feel that Amsterdam should not be endorsing the prostitution sector as a tourist destination. The Christian party CDA believes it is better to use terms like “de Wallen” or “city centre” instead of “Red Light District”, which explicitly refers to the prostitution in the area.

Alderman Everhardt agrees with the opposition parties that the term “Red Light District” has the wrong connotation. He expects that the outcome of all of this will be that that term is no longer used.

So how did this debate come about? Well, according to Everhardt, at the moment a new route to guide tourists through the narrow streets of the city centre is being worked out. Because of this, a discussion arose. Residents of the area are involved in the development of this plan. 

Mina Solanki


Mina Solanki

Completed her Master's degree at the University of Groningen and worked as a translator before joining IamExpat. She loves to read and has a particular interest in Greek mythology. In...

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