I previously blogged about our local red light district in Utrecht, conveniently located next to the supermarket where we do our regular shopping. Well, it turns out there is another red light district in Utrecht, and this one is… on boats.
Canals + prostitutes + houseboats – how much more Dutch could you possibly get?
The Zandpad is Utrecht’s floating red light district. Forty-three houseboats, which are licensed brothels, float on the Vecht river and are moored to a long dock. About 900 prostitutes work the 143 “work stations,” the red-curtained windows.
Their prospective clients drive past in cars on Zandpad Street (zandpad means “sand path,” but the sand was long ago replaced by tarmac). Here’s a video of what it’s like.