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Red Light District

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
As featured in 3 Days in Amsterdam and 7 other guides
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Address: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number:
+31 6 41853288
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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Do not visit if you're a prude or easily offended. We found it 'interesting' in a gob smacked way. I knew about the windows but the reality was something else! Found the... read more

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Oxford, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

If you are in Amsterdam you have to checkout the red light area. Like any city you need to be Street wise. Beware of pickpockets and don't buy stuff from people in the street. But it is relatively safe to wander around and there is plenty to see, for couples and singles. If you decide to go to a Brown... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fun to walk around and look, in the same way its fun to walk around the zoo and see the animals. Not to sound judgmental, to each their own, but basically you're walking around seeing people in windows, offering their "friendship"

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

So different and out of place for rest of the world but so very unique because of it. A sight to see but not stare:)

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Do not visit if you're a prude or easily offended. We found it 'interesting' in a gob smacked way. I knew about the windows but the reality was something else! Found the Prostitution Museum quite fascinating and eye opening in a non sleazy way. If you need some '50 shades' equipment then this is the place for you!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We where traveling through Amsterdam, and thought it would be rude if we didn't go to the red light district, we went to a number of shows and had several cultural experiences. Love to come back soon!

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It was a strange experience walking down the red light area, women in windows beckoning over men. I personally did not like the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Me and the Mrs spent a few days walking about looking at the beautiful girls. And the old men looking at the beautiful girls lol. A must see. U can get a seat in the bulldog cafe and see 3 girls though the window which is great.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What's the point when in Amsterdam the red light district is a must see, everyone's point of view of the ladies in the window is different.....but you need to have a open mind when visiting which is a must.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You need to go and take a look around, wether you're interested in what's to offer or not it's definitely something different. Friday and Saturday nights are really busy and there seemed to be a lot of stag parties, there was a good buzz around the place. We went back on a Sunday night and it was a lot quieter... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Full of bars, clubs, strip clubs and cafes also educational museums and many more attraction stretching down the streets and alleys of the red light district. We was there for a day and didn't get a chance to see everything it's definitely worth staying over night but I will say it's not for the faint hearted.

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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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