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“This IS the attraction in Amsterdam” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Red Light District

Red Light District
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
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Ranked #61 of 246 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Nightlife, Group tours/walking tour, City walk sightseeing
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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“This IS the attraction in Amsterdam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

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.

Visited August 2013
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“First time in Amsterdam ... Wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Me and my partner came here for the 1st time in 2013. We walked around A LOT! It is definitely a sight seeing holiday... And did we see some sights! The red light district comes alive at night and there is plenty too see!!! It's defiantly an experience to say the least but we will defiantly return maybe with a group of us in the summer! As we came in Feb and it was snowing and very cold!!

Visited July 2013
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“more to do then red lights and weed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Most of what there is to do, for the younger crowd, is around the district. Weather it be bars, entertainment or people watching. However more then seedy at night.

Visited July 2013
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“Mixed feelings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Great to walk around, but I had mixed feelings. Are those smiling women behind the windows really smiling. After I visited Red Ligt Secrets, Museum of prostitution I knew better. A lot of trafficking going on here!

Visited May 2014
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“A Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

A very bizarre place. Not seedy as I expected. Yes, there are girls in windows available for hire also there are nice restaurants and bars around and it's a semi-residential area. Not as big an area as I thought it would be, only a few streets. It's not far from Dam Square or Centraal Station.
Safe to walk on your own at any time of the day.

Visited July 2013
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