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Red Light District

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Address: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 6 41853288
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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This area in the oldest part of Amsterdam is known for the red neon windows...

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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Very nice and interesting shops. Although in the Red Light District, still interesting. The shops has lots of memorabilia, so are the "coffee shops"

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Adelaide, Australia
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Eye opening literally - walk down the side streets to see sights the girls sitting in their windows and the other interesting entertainments

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Tourist traffic, a general feeling of unhappiness amongst the vendors and the traffic. High prices in the pubs, not a good experience. So many more interesting things to see in Amsterdam.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You can't go to Amsterdam and not go the the Red Light district. It's definitely an experience and so interesting to see in real life !

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Thank Torie113
Doncaster, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Keep an open mind and have a look around. There are some great bars and coffee shops in the red light district, the ladies (and gentlemen) are just part of the act. It's actually quite a beautiful place and a must see if in Amsterdam.

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Thank JEN_MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Uncomparable to anything else in the world. This is truly an experience not to be missed out on if you are in Amsterdam. Really well organized and maintained area. Possibly not suitable for people with anxiety problems on the weekend due to volume of people narrow laneways and a very visable police presence. Morning noon and night this is going... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Me and my boyfriend had a great laugh around this area... Fun, colourful, and definitely worth going to. Will be coming back soon

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Thank gigisenanes
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The red light district is a beautiful part of Amsterdam and should be visited for the architecture alone. It felt safe but I didn't enjoy the experience. The shop windows are fun, the smell of weed is overpowering and I felt a little uncomfortable walking past the working girls. I suppose you have to visit the area but I wouldn't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very nice and interesting shops. Although in the Red Light District, still interesting. The shops has lots of memorabilia, so are the "coffee shops"

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Thank Francois d
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited there at around 21:00 because everybody said its a must see location... Nothing to do nothing to see. Waste of time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited red light district in couple.. if you have a chance visit it by day and also at night. It is interesting to see the girls in windows. At night there are lots of people watching, laughing, ... be careful when you are walking in group of people, when someone takes foto the girls open the window and start... 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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