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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
Fee: No
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing, Nightlife
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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Not a place for children, but it is safe as long as you keep your wallet in you front pocket.

This is perhaps one of the more unique areas in the world, where the bikini clad ladies stand in their windows, enticing the curious to come in and spend their euros. It is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is perhaps one of the more unique areas in the world, where the bikini clad ladies stand in their windows, enticing the curious to come in and spend their euros. It is generally safe, but watch for pickpockets. It is fun to window shop, but you are on your own if you give in to temptation. There are some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Take this experience as tourist attraction. It's more than sex tourism. Consider as fun. It's safe in general. Take care about your wallet that it stays inside inner pocket. Look and do not take photos of girls. Have fun and enjoy.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We went here just to check it out. We didn't engage in any of the activities offered in this area, but we did sit down for a couple of beers. We went at night and although the majority of the groups walking around are males, there are quite a few females as well. Definitely a place that should be visited.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

You should go, because you have no choice, but don't expect to find something spectacular. Maybe 10 years ago, it would have been something, now it's too kitsch and cheap feeling. Considering that dutch people put so much value on quality, I was expecting a higher class experience.

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Dereham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Not much to say just take a wander and enjoy the atmosphere its very relaxed, which was a total shock. We didn't find it seedy at all and as a group of mixed adults only looking for some culture and a few drinks we had a good laugh wandering the district. Even if we all nearly broke an ankle at... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I didn't really enjoyed it. I guess it was worth visiting it, while there, but not attractive at all for my taste.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Been there, seen that. Just another street in a busy city but this one had a few scantily clad ladies standing/sitting in windows.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A must do. A total experience. Lots of people. Very liberal and friendly. Do not take pictures of the girls. And the coffee shops close at 1 am. Be aware of that. It's a good time and a must do.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Very intersting and raises many many MANY questions!! Warning: do not attempt to take pictures. They are super strict about that.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a place where every man should go WITHOUT the partner, wife or so. This is one of the very few places in Europe where the oldest job in the world is still legal. Despite some comments about prostitution, Redlight District is like a museum you could walk by for hours.In the night is a little crowded so you... More 

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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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