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Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Address: Damrak 56, 1012 LL Amsterdam, The Netherlands

From bars and bicycles to cafes and erotic entertainment, you can find it...

From bars and bicycles to cafes and erotic entertainment, you can find it all on this picturesque main street of Amsterdam.

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Tourist Walk.

This is a nice walk from Centraal Train Station to Dam Square and it was our first introduction to Amsterdam.It was fascinating to watch things(usually old bikes)being hoisted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
John L
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a nice walk from Centraal Train Station to Dam Square and it was our first introduction to Amsterdam.It was fascinating to watch things(usually old bikes)being hoisted out of the canal.There were lots of tourist shops to buy souvenir clogs or naughtier souvenirs!There was a good selection of cafes and fast food restaurants.If you get bored,watch the trams and... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Go to this street to have some nice pictures... You will see an amazing view of dutch houses right on the canal.

1 Thank Lilia A
Baku, Azerbaijan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a street alongside a canal, connecting the Amsterdam Centraal and Dam Square. Damrak is very busy, noisy and overcrowded with locals and tourists, but we had to use it everyday to get to the Centraal from city center. There is a shopping street parallel to it, also a lot of cafes, Starbucks and Bijenkorf on the Damrak itself.

2 Thank Narmin T
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

This big street with lots of traffic like trams, bikes and pedestrians is the way to go from Central Station to Dam Square. We often bike here and the street is very crowded with people and all sorts shops, restaurants, chips shops and of course de Bijenkorf.

1 Thank FayeInAmsterdam
Curitiba, PR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

The Damrak is an avenue and partially filled in canal at the centre of Amsterdam, running between Amsterdam Centraal in the north and Dam Square in the south. It is the main street where people arriving at the station enter the centre of Amsterdam. This street is also part of the red light district, so it has a pretty excited... More 

1 Thank Andrezanella
Pretoria, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

I have been to Amsterdam twice before but along time ago and my hubby and I were so disappointed two weeks ago when we where there ....it is overfilled with tourists (Chinese and Japenese) and the weed smell was so overowering to the point of headaches .......we turned tail and got on train and rode to the northern part of... More 

1 Thank Charmaine E
Bourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

This is the main drag of Amsterdam and the first thing you see on emerging from the train station. It is bustling with life and sits next to the jetties from which I highly recommend you take a boat tour of the city, by far the best way to see it all.

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Ulsteinvik, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Damrak was probably the busiest area in Amsterdam, and it's the first place you'll visit if you're traveling to Amsterdam by train. There are restaurants, hotels, canal boats, gift shops and lots of other stuff situated on the main street.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Damrak is a great street not to far from the central station, but there are to many tourists and less people from Amsterdam.There are to many 'low cost' souvenir shops and cheap snack restaurants I you are a tourist, this is not 'the real' Amsterdam

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Budapest, Hungary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

It is in front of the Central Station. There are a lot of trams, buses you can use to reach almost eeverything in the city.

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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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