Dear Amsterdam Destination Experts!
Is it safe for women traveling alone and going to a rock concert in late evening in Amsterdam?
So I’ve been reading up some sites and they say women traveling alone in Amsterdam is generally safe. Ok I got it's safe during day. Here is my particular situation. I’m an Asian female who grew up in one of the safest country in the world (in short, quite naive and trust people easily).
I’ve never been to Europe and I’m going to London(I am staying with my friend in London) this fall and considering visit to Amsterdam for a rock concert, traveling alone from London to Amsterdam via train. And possibly hit some “coffeeshop” also. The concert will be at Melkweg in Grachtengordel-zuid area in Amsterdam. I will get out the concert around 11PM to midnight and wondering if this is safe for an inexperienced female solo traveler to do. I'm thinking maybe get a hotel near the Melkweg so I don't have to deal with tram so late in evening but I don't even know if this area is good or bad.
My brother who have visited Amsterdam said he saw couple of pickpockets in action right in front of him on two different occasions. He is against me traveling alone. He also heard there are several spots that are dangerous for even police officer to walk alone during day and officers teams up three in certain areas( I assume it's the Red Light District which I will not be going at night). He did say sticking on the main street during day would be ok but walking alone at night is ABSOLUTELY NOT. This means no concert for me in the evening but the concert is the main reason why I want to go to Amsterdam in begin with.
I don’t want irrational fear to stop me from going but I need to be careful and be smart about traveling alone as a women. Especially walking back alone in late evening after the concert. Do you feel comfortable sending your inexperienced sister, daughter or wife alone to a late night concert in Amsterdam?
Thank you for understanding my concersns and I appreciate your sincere take on this.
P.S. i would like an advise on possibly meeting up with some fellow travelers but I don't think I want to stay at the hostel. Some recommendations on hotels near Melkweg(if it's a safe area)would be appreciated!