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Address: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31-0-641853288
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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Crowded at times but you have to see the area!

Always a fun place to see and interesting place to people watch. Find a place to sit and have a drink or two and you'll see every nationality in the world go by. Girls of every... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Mandeville, Jamaica

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Part of the guided tour, a unique place to be at , well thought of concept, deserves a visit for sure

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Mandeville, Jamaica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Always a fun place to see and interesting place to people watch. Find a place to sit and have a drink or two and you'll see every nationality in the world go by. Girls of every type in the windows trying to lure you in, take a chance and have some fun if you dare! Can be crowded later in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

It's a crazy place you must see once. It gets crowded at night, but I still feel safe. Remember, you can't take pictures of the girls in the window.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We used the Rick Steve's walking guide to go through this area. Amazing how accurate he is on the good and bad areas. It is really interesting (best way to put it) and worth your time to see. You have to see it is another way to say it. But heed his advice or you'll have the local "managers" of... More 

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Winter Garden, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

It is definitely a place to see if you are traveling to the Netherlands. I went a very long time ago and found the history and how things worked there very interesting.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Read about it umpteen times.. a walk through was very interesting. Soooo crowded... Young groups of men passing through. However, the history of the Red light area and the sailors and church is so interesting, that it an absolutely " must see"! Visit to Amsterdam will be incomplete without having visited here:)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The red light district is something you have to see at least once. It's not child friendly as there are a lot of girls in windows, but I won't give anymore away. If you want to see a sex show, note that there are two main places that show it. I was disappointed with the shows but you have to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Area gets very busy with mostly young men looking for an experience while on holiday. Gets quote crowded with many people just looking. No cameras allowed.

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Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I was a little worried about going at night for the first time so my husband and I want during the day and it was cool. People were walking around with their kids and nothing sloppy or inappropriate was visible. We ended up enjoying some shows. Lots of fun ;)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Anyone who is an Amsterdam needs to check this area out. This is where you will see a different culture, and that's what traveling is about isn't it? Discovering different cultures. Very busy area, as one can imagine. Lots of coffeeshops in all its fragrant glory. Lots of stores that sell hallucinogenics. Lots of sex stores. Especially lots of souvenir... More 

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Address: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31-0-641853288
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Red Light District (De Wallen)

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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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