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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: 0641853288
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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It is strange to see all the tourists (including myself) wondering about in the streets just to look, while young and old, men and woman seem to enjoy the thrill of being almost... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Didn't really know what to expect, always been told " must visit" so we did. It's mainly 1 Street with a few scantily clad lasses trying to look seductive in windows and shop fronts basically. If it's titillation you're expecting forget it and buy a newspaper.

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Truckee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did a tour of the Red Light and it was filled with history of Amsterdam, of the area and the workers. So interesting. We had the best tour guide. It was our favorite experience we think.

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Tonsberg, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is strange to see all the tourists (including myself) wondering about in the streets just to look, while young and old, men and woman seem to enjoy the thrill of being almost "naughty" peeping at girls in the windows. All the lights and the old buildings in the district give the tourists a perfect invitsation, but it's a bit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was sitting on a window ledge listening to the church bells ( beautiful) when I turned around only to find a gorgeous almost naked girl behind me at the window. Gees, I thought I was in the china town area. DER!!! Anyway, there were a gazillion people around and the area seemed no different ( during the day) to... More 

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Thank karen m
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Red light district is a must to look when you visit Amsterdam. A mix for young and old with a lot of restaurants and bars as well the famous coffee shop. Very popular place

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While visiting Amsterdam it was on the agenda to visit their famous Red Light District. Apprehensively, during the day, we walked into this area from our River Cruise Boat. As long as you don't take it too seriously, it is good fun looking at all the shop windows of a sexual nature, not for the faint hearted - in between... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was packed full of people walking down the alleys when we ventured over there one evening. It is very interesting to see the women in their red light windowed rooms, but overall it just feels dirty to me. There are tons of coffeeshops and bars located all along the canal. Just a reminder: you are not allowed to take... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You find there lots of coffee shops and bars where you can smoke wide. Don't be surprised when you turn around and you'll see naked ladies :) nice place to walk around, take nice pictures and just have some fun!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is interesting to visit this part of Amsterdam, but I'm not sure I would bring children. I couldn't help thinking though that the girls in the windows were someone's daughter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of the many things Amsterdam is famous for so you need to walk down here at night. The red strip lights above the windows announce that girls are on display. The area is also full of venues offering all sorts of adult entertainment. You have to take a look but it is rather sad.

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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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