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Red Light District

Neighborhood: Red Light District
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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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strange and ok

Go to see it. Strange to see men walk in and out of windows. The open-ness of it all makes it seem so ordinary. You don't need to spend a lot of time unless it is your thing.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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86 reviews 86 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Go to see it. Strange to see men walk in and out of windows. The open-ness of it all makes it seem so ordinary. You don't need to spend a lot of time unless it is your thing.

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

The Red Light District has become little more than a shabby old cliché, in my opinion. Skimpily clad and clearly bored girls lounge behind chilly glass windows while legions of gawking tourists parade up and down the street. Locals with little else to do seem to patrol and yell at anyone who pulls out a camera. Sexy, it ain't.

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Singapore
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

It is unlike any other redlight district for its sense of order and heavy police presence and of course, hordes of curious tourists. I may have seen some locals pushing their toddlers in their prams too. It is worth a look, come back in the day and prowl the smaller streets, you can see some working girls too. Just respect... More 

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Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I´ve visited the Red Light District several years ago. There are now less houses, less windows, less prostitutes working, smaller area. It looks that new laws from the government are getting more difficult to the "workers". If you have not seen yet the Red Light District and you are really interested in going there go immediately because it is going... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We just had to have a look ! It is brilliant to have a look at the women in the windows enticing customers was weird to see you just have to look! The whole area has a fantastic atmosphere the bars and cafes are very good if you go to Amsterdam you really must go here in the evening .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

We didnt buye the service from the destrikt ;) but what we did was that we bought a red light guided tour from the tourist trip shops. And it was really interesting, get to know how the system work, how the girls do their business! That was 2 hours well spent. And the guide was a blast, and she made... More 

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Middleburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Until this year, I had not been here for over 10 years. The last time I was here it was a family outing with little kids...This time, I went twice this year with friends and we did everything that a typical person would do in this area - but for us, we stopped short of...well... The area seems smaller that... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

four generations of us walked around on a Sunday morning. Spoke to several other people doing the same & also to some local people. Everyone is very friendly & there are several statues with plaques giving their historical reference. The narrow side streets are full of glass fronted full length windows & it is very hard not to notice the... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This is something I feel someone needs to experience when travelling to Amsterdam. It is quite surreal seeing women standing in windows enticing men to join them, the area surrounding the "strip" has I feel something for most people, shops restaurants and bars. Worth a visit

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

A real life "fish tank" district.. it may be an eye opening to those who have not seen this in their country. Especially when it's legal in amsterdam. Remember.. you can take pictures of anywhere EXCEPT the girls. Or else your phone or camera will go down the dam.. :)

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