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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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Don't be afraid. It's all part of Amsterdam.

Some people are put off or scared about venturing into the red light district. Others are opposed to the sexualisation or exploitation of women who choose to work in the sex... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
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Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Some people are put off or scared about venturing into the red light district. Others are opposed to the sexualisation or exploitation of women who choose to work in the sex industry. Whatever your thoughts the red light district is a must visit when in Amsterdam. It is important to realise that these women have been there for hundreds of... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

"Urgh," said the young man loudly to his group of friends after passing by a sad eyed woman behind a window in the red light district. He wanted them and her to know that he (no oil painting himself) found her unattractive. I cringed on behalf of my fellow human being behind the glass window. Here women of all ethnicities... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

We felt we had to visit the Red Light District in order to get a full Amsterdam experience. We were wrong. This was a waste of time. The area is so crowded that you essentially walk where you are pushed rather than strolling at a leisurely pace. Perhaps it would be different during the day. I was uncomfortable seeing the... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Dont tell the Mrs! We only went for research purposes, and per another reviewer, the lanes are full of groups of blokes, undertaking their own research. All done in the best possible taste!

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San Mateo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Not as interesting as you would think. Mostly scantly clad women who try to get your attention and business. Most of the time you'll see a group of guys around a single door as they try to haggle out a price or just play around because they are really shy.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Such an amazing place you would never see anything like this in the UK... different atmosphere and everyone was pretty chilled out... Nice eye candy and nice chill out areas also.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The Red Light District is a unique place, with a very interesting history. It's worth to walk around in the end of the afternoon, when the lights turn on and see it's transformation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The area is spread out amongst the canals and restaurants. We had our kids with us and walking through the different streets and laneways was perfectly safe. Basically it is many laneways with shop front windows with girls parading in a skimpy lingerie you actually feel sorry for them

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Whatever your preconceptions of the RLD it's worth popping by to see for yourself, the area is clean well lit, nice vibrant atmosphere in the air, there is nothing seedy about it, there are some decent bars lining the streets to stop for a drink. I'd say have a walk around remain open minded and enjoy the window shopping 😜

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I guess as a tourist it is a right of passage to visit the red light district. It is an experience I haven't had before, seeing woman sitting in windows waiting for men...cant say it was enjoyable. Walking down the streets I found the whole thing awkward and seedy. All good if they choose to do this, but how do... More 

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