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Address: Damrak 56, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Description: From bars and bicycles to cafes and erotic entertainment, you can find it...
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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Awesome and meh

As an avenue, I didn't think it was anything special. The street is lined with souvenir shops and restaurants, basically. And as with most places in the city centre, watch out for... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2015
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Malmo, Sweden

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Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Always go to the Damrak when I am back in Amsterdam, lovely atmosphere, and lot's of little shops to get all kinds of goodies.

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Malmo, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

As an avenue, I didn't think it was anything special. The street is lined with souvenir shops and restaurants, basically. And as with most places in the city centre, watch out for bikes and cable cars. Once you get closer to the central station, it's different, though. On the right side of the street is where many canal boats have... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Not much to see, its a wider street. U have some boats on one side in front of the station, which is good when you first arrive in the city, its not just buildings. U have the crap sex museum, fast food and further down the main square, where street artists perform infront of the expensive cafes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

All the colors, the architecture, very interesting place to visit. Location by the canal, bustling with people in the high season.

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The centrum of the city where all converge when the weather permits and the place where many of the annual events are held. This is tourist central and a hang out for very creative vendors, artists and musicians.

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manchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Plenty of things to feast your eyes upon. From shops bars boats and narrow houses. Nice to sit at one of the bars take time out and watch life going on around you

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

A feast for the senses, Damrak is a concentrated bouquet of fun, flavor, flair, and fragrance. Shop, dine, and people watch for hours! An international experience with beautiful Dutch architecture.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I love Amsterdam and the place is not so busy during January. It was a little cold and it was raining but the canals and buildings and lights are amazing.

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Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Centraal Station, Red Light district and Sexmuseum are all around it. Nice place to start your boat trip from there too.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

You will walk along here from the railway station to wherever you want to be. If you are not between 15 and 25 you will probably keep going. It's a zoo at night - with drunk and stoned college students from overseas stumbling around. Real natives would never go out there, nor would people interested in something else other than... 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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