Amsterdam 06:15 AM

Posted on Sep 2, 2014

From the average range of postcards and coffee table books, one gets the impression that the centre of Amsterdam and especially the Red Light District, is usually photographed during the evening hours, a time when this (in)famous part of the city truly comes to life.
I was curious to see how this part of Amsterdam looks when it is waking up, after a busy night, when the first rays of the sun hit the streets.
Here is a glimpse of the empty, quiet streets of the Red Light District in Amsterdam just after sunrise, without all the flashy neon lights, noise and tourists…

Homeless man sleeping on a bench in the Red Light District in Amsterdam next to a statue of Major Alida Bosshardt

Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.
—Arthur Schopenhauer

Sun rises over a canal in Amsterdam

Man riding a bicycle along a Gottahaves Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Man on a bicycle on an empty Amsterdam street

Tram on an empty Amsterdam street early in the morning

Quiet bridge with bicycles

Chinese store in Zeedijk

Closed pub early in the morning in the Red Light District

Sunrise on Oudezijds Voorburgwal street in Red Light District


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  1. Stephanie

    Oh, so if you were up early taking pics in the Red Light District, you obviously didn’t do anything the night before or you would have been going to bed right about then. ;) These are really nice images. It’s hard to believe such a quaint part of town during the day gets so wild at night.

  2. Kim Rawks

    Those are beautiful pics. I’ve always wanted to visit the Red Light District but never even considered hanging out there in the daytime. After seeing your shots, I want to now.

  3. Jennifer D.

    Based on your pics – and what I know about the Red Light District at night – I’d say the town has a split personality. Beautifully done. I’d love to have these framed for my Sun room.

  4. edwin s.

    Heel goed gedaan en boeiend!

  5. Mark51

    Van Gogh art museum, Anne Frank’s hiding room, Red Light District, cheeky weed cafe’s … veryyyyyyy excited for Amsterdam

  6. Zhang S.

    Hello! Interesting article! I came here from Google plus. Very, very good photography!

  7. Tomika

    I lived in Amsterdam for 5 years but I have never seen it like you have projected. Awesome job!

  8. Kathlijn P.

    I so much love this post! Especially the picture of the statue of Majoor Bosshardt is truly excellent and captures exactly what this wonderful woman’s life was all about.
    Greetings from Zwolle <3


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