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Address: Damrak 56, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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From bars and bicycles to cafes and erotic entertainment, you can find it all on this picturesque main street of Amsterdam.

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It is Amsterdam. I believe every part of it is beautiful.You can find many better places than Damrak, but it is ok, specially if you visit at night can get some good photos from... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Gorgan, Iran
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is Amsterdam. I believe every part of it is beautiful.You can find many better places than Damrak, but it is ok, specially if you visit at night can get some good photos from houses beside ( button on) canal.Just at the start of Damrak, in front of central station, it is the best place to take some pictures.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes this is the touristy part of town and there are much better places in Amsterdam to shop and spend time walking around.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Usually thronged with people passing through with boat tours on one side of the tram lines and cafe trying to entice you in on the other. Not much to look at except the waterscape on the canal side with the houses in the background which is very photogenic.

Thank UKDavidN
Manchester England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mainly shops selling tourist tat and fast food outlets. There are much better places to shop, eat and drink. Inevitably crowded. You're bound to pass through - it's at the centre of everything. With so much excellent choice available elsewhere, I wouldn't bust a gut to visit.

Thank Mike Arran
Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The Damrak is a hive of activity and has plenty of shops, bars and fast food restaurants. It's very busy but there's lot around including boat trips and bars and cafes. It is just a 2 minute (if that) walk from Centraal Station.

Thank seansutton217
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Our Amsterdam hotel was located on Damrak, close to the Dam Square. Consequently, we spent quite a deal of time walking up and down this major road. More than once, we walked the entire length from the Centraal Railway Station to Dam Square and vice versa. This was certainly a vibrant, happening boulevard with constant crowds of people, many of... More 

Thank BigHugh51
Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We had this walk at the very early hours of the morning after the sun rise. It was our very first encounter with Amsterdam. It was nice and easy, completely opposite to the same at night 😃😃

Thank Ahmed Saleh M
Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Was nice walking in the area, lots to see and people watch. Very busy so would be careful with belongings. Our hotel was situated in Damrak, not too far from the city or train station which was great. No public toilets close by, so be warned. A good place to take pictures. Also places to take a boat from as... More 

Thank Husain K
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We enjoyed spending some time here. To be honest, it was probably just the feel of the place, bikes whizzing past and the hustle and bustle. It was a great way to spend some time before heading off on a cruise.

Thank MattandCo
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Nice area to chill a little bit noisy but almost all tourist passing by. If you want to eat some restaurants just there. Including the fast food. One more thing, never take excursion at this location. Its expensive and the boats are not nice. Google some local guy who rents out the boat with his or your music and you... More 

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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