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Four Jandals Visits an Amsterdam Peep Show

Have you ever wanted to visit an Amsterdam peep show? We had the chance to go and embraced it with open arms. Check out our experience here

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Amsterdam peep show Sex Palace

An Amsterdam peep show is a must, just like visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Okay slightly different. But you have got to go!

And if you have ever wanted to visit Amsterdam then more than likely you are going to be interested in checking out a peep show in the red light district. It might be worthwhile checking out this Amsterdam’s Red Light District – The ultimate guide.

Amsterdam Moulin Rouge Red Light District

There is something about the red light district that draws the punters and tourists alike in. Maybe it is the bright red neon lights that illuminate the darkened alleyways that pull them in like moths to a flame. Or the bars and coffee shops that let a certain smell waft lazily across the glistening canals.

Or maybe it is just the fact that sex really does sell.

When we visited Amsterdam with a couple of friends we actually spent what I now consider an embarrassingly long time in that same area. The fact is that we seriously could not get enough.

Not like that of course!

We just couldn’t believe that everyone is so open and carefree about what is for all intents and purposes, window shopping for sex. The number of guys knocking on windows and being ushered behind the curtains of every room were staggering.

However, we were not enticed ourselves to fork over $50 euros but were intrigued enough to want to check out an Amsterdam peep show. I just want to clarify here that it was actually Adela that was the most keen. I just didn’t want to let her down so went along with it…

Amsterdam Red Light District

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Visiting the Amsterdam peep show

Much to our surprise, there is only one Amsterdam peep show left in the whole city!

The very originally named “Sex Palace” is situated on the banks of one of the main canals in the heart of the red light district on Oudezijds Achterburgwal street. Walking under the neon flashing lights into the entrance way your senses are assaulted by sights, sounds and disturbingly smell.

All around the walls are posters and screens showing ladies in various states of undress and positions. A white board lists the movies that you can rent out for your viewing pleasure in one of the many private booths. But we were only there for one thing:

The circular structure sitting slightly to the left of the entrance with a dozen small doors along it’s walls. 

Each of those small doors lead into equally small rooms no larger than a traditional UK phone box. A small covered viewing window blocks your view forward.

The money box clinging to the wall to operate the viewing window only accepts coins. But don’t worry if you only have notes as they handily have a large coin machine dishing out $2 euro coins for ease of watching.

Once you close the door and chuck in your money, the viewing window pops open for 2 minutes and allows you to view the large, slowly-rotating stage on which a scantily-dressed woman displays herself. With her flexibility she could have represented any country in the upcoming Olympics!

Amsterdam peep show Sex Palace

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I was cracking up laughing the entire time I was in there because you can actually just make out the rest of the “audience” in the opposite booths. I even got a little wave and smile as the girl slowly revolved past my window.

The Amsterdam peep show was a little bit creepy. But even though we were there late on a Saturday night the booths were doing a roaring trade. Obviously nearly everyone else, from the hens parties to the couples, were there for the same reason as us. To check out one or two rounds before heading back into the night giggling like school girls at a sleepover at what we had just done.

The shifty eyed single men on the other hand skulked away to their respective viewing windows again and again with pockets full of coins.

If you ever get the chance then we actually do highly recommend taking the plunge and visiting an Amsterdam peep show. Just make sure that you are always respectful of the women in the shows and the ones on the streets!

Have you ever been to an Amsterdam Peep Show or Sex show? Tell us about your experience below.

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43 Comments

  1. D.J. - The World of Deej

    March 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    I didn’t see a peep show when I was in Amsterdam, but we did walk around the Red Light quite a bit. You’re right, there is something about it that draws you in. I too was surprised at the number of customers that just non-nonchalantly knocked on the window, with so many tourists walking around…

    • Cole

      March 2, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      The customers were clearly not ashamed to be seen entering which surprised us. But I guess with such an open society then why should they be ashamed! In fact, good on them 🙂

  2. Andrea

    March 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    LOL, definitely a must see 😉

    • Cole

      March 2, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      Your right on that Andrea!

  3. Steve Collins

    March 2, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Nice of you to be so considerate of Adela’s wishes. I guess you just had to make the best of a difficult situation. Thanks for taking one for the team so you could let us know about this. Seriously, though, a very interesting post!

    • Cole

      March 2, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      Haha thanks Steve. It really was hard work but we like to bring you guys interesting stories 😉

  4. Cathy Sweeney

    March 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    I spent a lot of time in the red light district — unintentionally, since I kept walking around in circles in Amsterdam. But I did find it all very interesting, too. I might have gone to the peep show if I wasn’t alone. I like your last sentences about being respectful.

    • Cole

      March 2, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      Good on you for still checking it out when you were alone Cathy! And people need to be respectful as it is sometimes an unfortunate job that they may not have wanted to get in to. Everyone needs to be respectful no matter what your job title is! 🙂

  5. Amanda

    March 3, 2012 at 5:14 AM

    Awwwwkward! Lol. Not sure if I could do it!

    • Cole

      March 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      It is one of those things you have to do when you are there I think 🙂

  6. Laurence

    March 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Still fifty euros eh? Inflation clearly hasn’t affected prices since my last visit a few years ago…

    • Cole

      March 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      Going on what our tour guide told us which I thought was quite reasonable haha

  7. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    March 3, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Before reading this I didn’t know what a peep show was… now I’ve been educated! But it kind of makes me think of those booths at porn stores where you rent it to watch videos. o_O

    • Cole

      March 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      Haha it is basically the same Christy but glad we could help 😉

  8. Turtle

    March 4, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I want to go now just to see the people behind the other windows. That sounds like the highlight of the whole experience!! 🙂

    • Cole

      March 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      Just watch out which areas you end up in. There are lady-boy sections, nice looking girls and also apparently a section for older birds!

  9. Laurel

    March 5, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    I love that you were a good “sport” and only went along with it since Adela wanted to go :). Interesting experience and yet another reason to go to Amsterdam.

    • Cole

      March 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Haha yea it is tough work always doing what she wants to do 😉

  10. EurotripTips

    March 5, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    I did walk around the Red Light District, but never dared to venture in one of its fine establishments! It was wild enough for me as it was 😛

    • Cole

      March 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      To be fair we had a few drinks to break the ice and get our confidence up!

  11. Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    March 5, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Haha I love that you shared this experience. Funny write-up!

    • Cole

      March 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      Always glad to share our experiences, both good and bad 🙂

  12. Andrew

    March 5, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    I’m with Christy, I had no idea of the literal nature of a peep show. I always thought of it just as a generic term, not something specific involving peeping and automated doors.
    I remember taking a boat ride through the one time I was in Amsterdam. We were on a school trip in High School with the German class, so there was NO way they were going to take us IN any of these places. We were lucky to get to have beer.

    • Cole

      March 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      Hahaha no I don’t think it would be appropriate for a High School trip to attend. But I am sure if you knew what it was back then you would have wanted to go!

  13. Kurt

    March 19, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Ahh. The red light district of Amsterdam. Those silly socially liberal Europeans. Step one regulate it. Step two tax it. Step three?? Step four Profit! (Revenue) We could use some of that here in the US.

    Good write up. Loved your take on it.

    • Cole

      March 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      Haha good points Kurt. It is a brilliant system and the tax definitely makes it totally worthwhile for the city (not to mention regulated and safer for the women).

  14. Tawny of Captain and Clark

    March 22, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    We’ve never been to Amsterdam or the Red Light district but we DID make it to the pink light district in our small South Korean town. Same concept, except scantily clad women eating ramen and taking care of toddlers behind their rose-tinted windows. It’d be interesting to compare the two some day.

    • Cole

      March 22, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      Hmm the Pink Light district. Might have to check that out when we are travelling through there in another year or so. Just for research of course 🙂

    • Cole

      March 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      It is amazing that they are so open about it. But I guess that is what makes it so safe and why everyone loves it so much!

  15. cheryl

    March 25, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Oh my. You guys are hilarious. I managed to stay out of the red light district when I was there in Decemeber but did take in the cheesy sex museum!

    • Cole

      March 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      We passed on the cheesy sex museum as we ran out of time!

      • Chris Booth

        September 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        Oh that Sex Museum is hilarious! Next time you’re there it’s well worth the few Euros.

  16. cheryl

    March 25, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    And I can only imagine the Google search queries to your site now. =)

    • Cole

      March 26, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      Haha yea we have been getting quite a bit of traffic lately from it

  17. Ayngelina

    March 31, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I’d go but I’ve heard similar reports from other people, kinda silly, not what you’d think at all.

    • Cole

      March 31, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      You are exactly right! I felt like a bit of creep going in but then realised it was 90% tourists in the other booths just wanting to see what it was all about as well haha.

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  19. Chris Booth

    September 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    I went to this same place with a group of friends in 2009. The show itself was depressing, and the cubicles (which we nicknamed jizz-booths) grubby, but what was worst of all was when we left left the cubicle and stepped back into the passage way – A man had been mopping out one of the cubicles and one of the girls in our group got her feet drizzled on by the jizz-mop as he shuffled past her onto the next one. Her face was classic. Grim in every way.

    • Cole Burmester

      September 13, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      That is so disgusting! But hilarious at the same time. Bet you guys couldn’t help laughing at her. Lucky it wasn’t the other way around.

  20. Christine |GRRRL TRAVELER

    February 24, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Is it X-rated or R? Details please… 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      February 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      More like R18 than X-Rated. The sex shows (which Adela has been to but I haven’t!) are X-Rated.

  21. Valeri

    June 17, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Not only did I find myself in a sex show with a group of fellow travellers, we were sitting in what we deemed “the splash zone.” Nothing like being in the front row watching live sex while sipping a cocktail and sucking on a penis lollipop (I saved mine as a souvenir which ended up melting later on in my suitcase :/ ) As for the rest of Amsterdamage….one day I’ll go back to try and gather the rest of my memories I unwillingly left behind

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