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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...

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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Amsterdam is a nice compact city with plenty to see and do. The Damrak is one of the main streets from Dam Square to the station. There are canal boat trips available along the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Bridge of Weir, United Kingdom

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Damrak is a one of the busiest area's in Amsterdam and if your arriving by train the first district you will enter. The Damrak roughly stretches from Centraal train station to Dam Square and is packed with bar's, pub's and restaurant's and souvenir shops of every kind. Besides the nightlife there are some interesting sites, i love the train station... More 

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Bridge of Weir, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amsterdam is a nice compact city with plenty to see and do. The Damrak is one of the main streets from Dam Square to the station. There are canal boat trips available along the Damrak plus restaurants and hotels.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Damrak - as far as main streets go is pretty poor. When visiting Amsterdam it is good for a reference point but not much else. The shopping seems limited to souvenir tat and fast food joints. If that is your thing - then knock yourself out.

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Thank Richard B
Gorgan, Iran
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

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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Thank vehs
Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

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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Thank Corneliusfudge
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

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.

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Manchester England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

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.

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

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.

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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 

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

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 😃😃

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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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