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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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Main tourist street

Always packed with people, this is the main road out of the train station with lots of tourist stores and eats. If you like walking slowly, stay on this street, otherwise move... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Always packed with people, this is the main road out of the train station with lots of tourist stores and eats. If you like walking slowly, stay on this street, otherwise move over a street or 2 to get away from the people and start to experience real Amsterdam.

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Breukelen Ut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

And TOURISTIC is what is the leading theme of this street. I am not doing it justice for every single yard then, but for a very long stretch this street is mainly filled with touristic shops and snack food places. And it is busy. Near the Central Station and half way down are boat ramps for lovely canal tours that... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So it has been renovated and all the teraces declined so it is much nicer than before. The question is, why would u go there? If u just pass by, it is ok, but i am under the impression u should be thete only if u must. Very crowded street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of tourists with all kind of bad habits, lots of screaming people and kids - that is why this is my least favourite place in Amsterdam. You cannot miss it whether you go north, south, east or west, plus you have to come here to take the tram if you need to go further away to visit the town.... More 

Thank TERRAvelista
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank John L
Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed here with my friends for a long weekend the only good thing about this hotel was where it is situated!!!! You have to walk through a restaurant to get to your room and every hotel looks the same we went into the wrong restaurant one day was so embarrassing cause it's poorly signposted . Oh and be very very... More 

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Baku, Azerbaijan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

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.

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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 

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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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