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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 back in 2012!

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.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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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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5 European Cities to Visit in the Dead of Winter

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As one of the most polarizing seasons, winter could be termed as both a blessing and a curse by those who like making the most out of nature.

After all, while it brings about the opportunity to build snowmen and to ski on magnificent ice slopes, it also brings a chill to the bone and a desire to never get away from the fireplace.

Don’t forget about the hot chocolate either.

That is why, when it comes to vacationing in winter, it gets quite difficult to choose from a location – especially when the destination is as diverse in climate as Europe. Do you select a place that’s sunny and warm? Or somewhere that lets you enjoy the ice and cold in the best ways possible?

To make that decision easier for you, here are 5 European cities that you could visit in the dead of winter, with the assurance that you would come out of the vacation phase with a smile on your face.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a city that is synonymous with sunshine, warmth, and some of the world’s most breathtaking architecture.

The temperature rarely drops below 45 degrees even in the coldest months of the year. While the sunshine remains present amidst the rainy days. This means that you can enjoy the best effects of winter without having to endure the worst of them.

If you happen to be a fan of football, then these effects can be increased by several times. This beautiful city is home to one of the greatest football clubs of all time and with Barcelona FC in contention for a championship virtually every year, odds are you’ll be walking out with a smile on your face after watching a win. Not a bad way to take a break from the beach!

Athens, Greece

While you wouldn’t be able to go to Mount Olympus’ mythical version in this day and age, you can still experience Greece’s magnificence through the beautiful city of Athens.

Like Barcelona, Athens also sees rare drops in temperature while being consistent around 45 degrees throughout the heaviest months in winter. With the architecture that you can experience under the sun, this weather can actually be ideal for an exploratory walk.

And if you are a fan of Greek food, then checking out local restaurants for authentic dishes would only add to the overall experience of your trip.

Venice, Italy

Since Italy is full of some of the most breathtaking architecture in the world, it would be quite debatable to say that Venice is the crown jewel of the country in terms of structural beauty.

But it is.

From the way that the city has been designed to the manner that the buildings have been developed, Venice remains a breathtaking sight for anyone who visits it.

That remains true even in the months of winter, where the does drop to around 30 degrees, but still provides the tourists and inhabitants with a way to enjoy the magnificent sights under the sun.

Zugspitze, Germany

Germany is considered to be one of the coldest countries in Europe, but it is a good thing for those who enjoy a bit of snow during their travels.

And for those who do, there are perhaps not many places that are as marvelous as Zugspitze in terms of a memorable winter experience.

With snow covered mountains and a temperature that dances around -14 degrees in winter, you can enjoy an array of winter sports such as skiing, sledding, and snowboarding to your heart’s desire. If you are one to enjoy snow and everything good there is about the season of winter, then Zugspitze is the place to go.

Marseilles, France

While Paris gets quite cold in winter without the weather enhancing any effects of life within the city, Marseille seems to be quite the opposite. The city is as lively in the winter as it is during its busiest days in summer, with plenty to do in adjacent areas.

You may visit the many architectural sites and tourist attractions in Marseilles itself, but you can add to that experience when you choose to visit the Christmas markets in Aix en Provence or Avignon.

With that, the many warm and steamy French soups and bouillon based dishes that you can enjoy in Marseilles only add to the trip. This means that by the time you are done with your visit to Marseilles, you are bound to be fed well, have some goods in your shopping bags, and some memorable pictures in your phone to boot.

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Even the Most Expensive Cities Have Cheaper Alternatives: Paris

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According to the results of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Worldwide Cost of Living” survey, Singapore, Paris, Zurich, Hong Kong, and Oslo are the most expensive places to live – and visit – this year. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit them, though – actually if your budget allows it, you should cross them off your bucket list as soon as you can. But this doesn’t mean you have to break all your piggy banks and sell your soul only to spend a weekend in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Unless you’re adamant that it’s “Paris or bust”, there are alternatives to this crowded and top-dollar destination you might want to consider – and start saving for your dream trip nonetheless.

Lyon

Lyon has a history of almost two millennia, and it shows: the remains of the Roman settlement Lugdunum, built at the confluence of the rivers Saône and Rhône, are showing to this day. Lyon might not be a capital city – it doesn’t have the size or the population – but its role in the everyday life of France was always important, both as a trade and a cultural hub.

The city has many gorgeous sights to see, like the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the Tour Métallique (a tall TV tower that replicates the top of the Eiffel Tower), among others, covering every age from the birth of the city to its modern times. Plus, it has museums, parks, gardens, and a street art group that has been designated the cultural ambassador for the city. Not to mention its cuisine, the unique and popular Lyonnaise cuisine that has become a worldwide sensation.

Lille

A relatively small city in the north of France, Lille is another charming alternative to a crowded and overpriced Paris. It features many distinct architectural styles, most of them with a clear Flemish influence. Among its landmarks, you find its Cathedral (Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille), its Citadel, its palaces, and gardens. Lille is also the place with the biggest flea market in Europe – Braderie de Lille takes place on the first Sunday of September, with millions of attendees and over 10,000 sellers gathering in the streets of the city. It’s a charming, agreeable, and colorful city that will offer its visitors a beautiful experience.

Strasbourg

Last but not least, let us mention a city with a double significance – on one hand, it’s the official seat of the European Parliament, on the other, it’s a wonderful place to visit and a great alternative to an overcrowded Paris.

Strasbourg is a place where French and German architecture mingle in a unique way, with an Old Town filled with timber-framed houses surrounding typical French landmarks and churches. It also has many notable parks, some with historic significance, and almost too many museums for its small size. Plus, it’s a distinctively multicultural city where visitors will find it easy to fit in.

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Let’s Do A Road Trip In Europe Fin

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Its that time of year again. It is the holidays and vacation, mirth and much merriment is upon us. Those of us who are lucky are able to take a few days to a few weeks off for vacation and can enjoy it abroad or do a staycation. A trip abroad is probably preferred, there’s so much to see and do, it would a pity to while the days away in your own hometown.

Get a move on, grab your bags, get a ticket and jump on a plane to Europe. When you get there, rest for a bit and begin your road trip. Nothing beats traveling on the road and taking all the sights that nature has to offer while stopping by at different locations.

Remember, a road trip can be very feasible and pleasant if it is done right. Make sure to have your car inspected, checked and ready to go for a long distance road trip.

You’ll want to make sure that you have your oil checked and your tires as well. Proper tires from suppliers such as Kwik Fit will get you squared away and ready to hit the road.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Grossglockner

One of the top places that you’ll want to go is in Austria. There’s this little spot called Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, this spot is one that is talked about by road trip aficionados of all kinds.

The Grossglockner is the opposite of what it sounds like, it’s not gross at all, it’s quite pleasant actually.  The path will take you through different sights ranging from mountain tops to rivers, to rock formations and more. What’s fun about this place is that you will also be able to have different changes in the road itself, it is not just one straight path but one that is filled with turns and changes to keep you from getting bored.

Italy and the Amalfi Coast

Italy is a place that won’t disappoint, it has food, culture, and history to keep you company. Italy also has beautiful sights all over too. One of the best places to drive through would be the Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi Coast has everything you could possibly want, beaches, cliffs, and beautiful fishing villages. The place is not only beautiful in nature but in culture as well. One can check out the Cathedrals, Villa Rufolo, engage in some boat tours for a quick respite from their road trip and also view the Sirenuse from afar.

Portugal – The Estoril Coast

Drive from Italy, pass by countries such as France, Spain and reach the destination of Portugal. You will find the climate and the overall setting over here to be appealing.  On your way to this beautiful place, make sure to check out popular spots such as Lisbon and other prominent locations such as Sintra. The Estoril Coast was home to the nobility of ages past and even to those that we see as nobility today, celebrities, wealthy people and tourists with a couple of euros or dollars to their name stop by this place and immerse themselves in the manmade and natural attractions that this place has to offer.

Don’t Hesitate, Time Stands Still For No One

Time is slipping, check out budget and look into which part of Europe you want to stick to. Make the decision and take the trip, it will be a great refreshment and you will be glad you were able to have the experience. Take a few snapshots and indulge in the experience of #RoadtripsofEurope

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