If you ask anybody in the world what they know about Amsterdam, I can guarantee that the answer will be about legalized drugs and prostitution. For many people this represents the ultimate recognition of human freedom. We have to admit it, even though there are so many other attractions/sights/museums all very interesting and beautiful, this is what makes the city special. I feel sorry to see that it is ranked only as the 49th attraction in Amsterdam, when in reality every single tourist visited or they wanted to visit it. Due to its proximity to Dam Square and Centraal Station it is also, almost impossible not to pass by.
It is absolutely very safe any time of the day and for sure, the most lively place at night. The red lanterns at the end of the streets signal that you enter a different “territory”, you should store your camera deep down in your pockets and open your eyes and mind. The scenery you are about to see can only be preserved through your senses. If this is your first visit, you may feel uncomfortable at the beginning, even shy. But after a while, just like you admire masterpieces in Louvre, you will stop and watch every single window, it is impossible to avoid the smiles of the beautiful girls behind the glass.
You will not see anything ugly, nor violent, nor offending. There is laughter all around you, everybody is having a good time. The few bars along the canal allow you to take a break, have a drink and reflect on how much humanity will gain if we will be more tolerant with each other.
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