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Red Light District

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Address: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31-0-641853288
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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This area in the oldest part of Amsterdam is known for the red neon windows...

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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A must see for first time to Amsterdam

It's one of those things you have to walk down at least once. I walked up and down with my boyfriend, looking at the girls a bit to see how they advertised themselves and what... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Maddi Z
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

1st visit, tried to buy my OH a BJ for Christmas. He found the whole atmosphere too intimidating to go through with it so went for a pint instead. Result ! 2nd visit, a friend went to a window girl. In and out in 5/10 mins. I think they have super powers ?

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's one of those things you have to walk down at least once. I walked up and down with my boyfriend, looking at the girls a bit to see how they advertised themselves and what they were doing. We even saw a few guys enter through the doors and the curtains close behind them! The guys outside the sex shows... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not what it used to be. Had some bachelor parties here 2 decades ago and a lot has changed since then. Thank God "Old sailor did not change a bit

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It seems to me that in the nearly 50 years since we first came to Amsterdam, this commercial area of "downtown" has become more tame as Western society, in general, has become less tame. We have noticed that now, in the daylight hours, this neighborhood resembles many other neighborhoods in Amsterdam whereas once it was absolutely unique. And even in... More 

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Eindhoven
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is actually really nice to walk around and see all this womens seeling their body on a red light windows... but nothing more! You can't miss it if you go to amsterdam but it's not a so special atraction...

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St. Annes-on-Sea, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Thought this might be seedy not sure what to expect but walked through anyway. glad we did as not as we thought, usual choc box houses with windows diplaying women in, they were dressed when we passed through about 14.30pm. There is a red light museum and usual associated shops we visited neither.

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Conway, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I arrived at 6 AM for an 8 hour layover, Took the train from airport to center of town for cost of 1 euro. I was so disappointed to see so much trash in the streets from the nite before. Contrary to what is told about this district, there are NO women in the windows advertising their wares. .

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Derby, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A place that every tourist will most likely visit... but only once if you have any sense. High crime, lots of pickpockets... A sad street to walk down... disheartening!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you have never visited Amsterdam, you need to at least be here once. Get a feel of what this is about and keep going....

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not everyone would want to visit the Red Light district but it is well regulated and interesting enough must to view. Did not take advantage of any of the establishments but it probably can be called a tourist attraction just to wander around and take in the sights and sounds.

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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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