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Damrak

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

A street located near the water, where you can take the boattours, from there you can take some nice pictures of the houses. There are a lot of restaurants and a few normal shops... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A street located near the water, where you can take the boattours, from there you can take some nice pictures of the houses. There are a lot of restaurants and a few normal shops. I can't say the restaurants are all that good. I tried a few and wouldn't go back there for dinner.

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Thank Jammy1983
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

By far the ugliest street in Amsterdam. Cheap bars, fast food, casinos and god awful souvenir shops. Best to avoid altogether.

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Thank iWiebe
Jedburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is just off the centraal station and one of the main routes in Amsterdam. Lots of people and mixed shops, cafes and food places

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The large sailing ships stayed on the outer road; the Damrak was for smaller craft. Now tour boats clutter the view but imagine the forest of masts.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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 August 19, 2016

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 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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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

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 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

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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Thank John L
Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

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

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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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