Before coronavirus, there was a crisis over mass tourism in Amsterdam, its residents feeling alienated by the hoardes of rowdy visitors, rubbish-strewn plazas and parks, noise and public disorder in the historical city center.
As a result of the pandemic, the beautiful, 500-year-old Dutch city went from an average of approximately 55,000 visitors a day to almost zero.
Now that as most of the rest of Europe, the Netherlands reopens from months of restrictions, many in Amsterdam want to make sure that the city says “good riddance to mass tourism” and reverts to the numbers of visitors as they were around 2014, before the situation spun out of control from low-fare flights, Airbnb and budget tours.
Coffee Shops, Red-Light District
“The scantily-clad sex workers in brothel windows in small alleys like Stoofsteeg in the red-light district were gone, as were the hordes of tourists who come there to gawk at them; coffee shops on historic plazas like Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein didn’t get the visitors who descend upon the city by the thousands for the cannabis they sell,” reports Bloomberg.
This is not the first time in recent years that Amsterdam has tried to control the…