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Address: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Nightlife, Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing
Description: This area in the oldest part of Amsterdam is known for the red neon...
This area in the oldest part of Amsterdam is known for the red neon windows that display barely-dressed prostitutes advertising their services; it's all perfectly acceptable as long as it stays inside this designated area of the city.
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I found this a good experience and very surreal. It's a tourist attraction at the end of the day and it's famous, I wasn't going to go all the way to Amsterdam and not go. Reading... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Reading, PA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

There are some very pretty canals and houses in this area, as well as those "plying their trade." It is not an area for young children. There are loud clubs and coffee houses. At night, there tend to be large, boisterous crowds of men. Best to visit during the day if you are just interested in sightseeing. Also in the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Went to Amsterdam with my ex and our daughter. Ex started following the crowd and of course there were the ladies! Then all the questions came from her! Trust me this is not a child friendly area!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Defo had to go see this place for myself and was definitely shocked wasn't what I expected by far Not for the faint hearted or prudish lol

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I had not been to the red light district for many years....on a recent visit I found it to be very boring and very touristy...the area has,if it's at all possible,become more tacky...the girls look bored and more like an installation than working girls...the sex shops and the pedlars are just tragic ....i

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I found this a good experience and very surreal. It's a tourist attraction at the end of the day and it's famous, I wasn't going to go all the way to Amsterdam and not go. Reading some of the other comments it seems as if a lot of people went with high expectations...maybe it has been hyped up a lot,... More 

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Myself and my fiancée went to the red light district a few times as its one of the main streets. It was certainly an experience but nothing overly inappropriate as i thought it would of been. It would probably suit stag dos more than couples but its definitely a place to go. Plus there is some good coffee shops and... More 

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Andover, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I guess it may have been overhyped but it wasn't as spectacular or shocking as I perhaps thought. Some culture of Amsterdam shows here and it's worth seeing. The various sex shops, shows, strip clubs and, of course, the "window girls" are all a completely bizarre concept to be on show so readily. Mainly I'm glad I experienced it but... More 

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Sligo, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Guide books say it's a must visit. The canal area where it is situated is quite pleasant scenically but with the sex shops, sex museum and the gum-chewing ladies, this is not a place for families. My wife and I strolled through one evening: I found it over-rated and my wife felt it degrading for the girls (although presumably it... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

It is what people think it is but here in Amsterdam it is glorified to a different level. In daylight this is just like a normal place with a beautiful canal in between flowing but with the passage of the day this place changes it colors. From a normal place to a happening place full of colors. All i can... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We had a walk around the red light district because how can you not go when visiting Amsterdam. It is exactly how you would imagine it, although a lot of the ladies looked bored .

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