Red Light District, Amsterdam
Concierge.com's insider take:
You needn't have any interest in the red lights and what's beneath them to enjoy a stroll here. The interplay of tree, canal, brickwork, and gable here may put you under a spell even without the influence of Amsterdam's other most famous pleasure. (Remember, despite all the freedoms here there is an etiquette to visiting: Don't even think about taking a picture). The Museum Amstelkring illuminates an era when Amsterdam wasn't so tolerant and Catholics were forced to worship in clandestine churches (40 Oudezijds Voorburgwal; 31-20-624-6604; www.museumamstelkring.nl), while the 14th-century Gothic Oude Kerk (Old Church—the city's oldest) is a frequent venue for special exhibitions (Oudekerksplein; 31-20-625-8284; www.oudekerk.nl). To learn about the ins and outs of the district's raison d'être, visit the Prostitution Information Center (3 Enge Kerksteeg; 31-20-420-7328; www.pic-amsterdam.com), established and run by former working girls.