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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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the entrance of Amsterdam

this is the place most tourist enter the city. Its a nice broad street. advise, if you come from the central station, go right as fast as possible in the direction of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 October 2016
IvoDeRooij
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Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As you leave the train station this avenue beckons you to explore it's many shops, hotels, restaurants. and what not shops. The buildings are marvels of their time. Many are Art Deco style which I was not expecting. The carvings on each tell a story about who built them and how they made their fortunes and what they were intended... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Damrak is the main street that connects Amsterdam Central Station to the Dam Square, running through the middle of central Amsterdam. This is a busy, crowded, tourist filled area with restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and motor traffic. Unfortunately, this is not Amsterdam at her best. Some will enjoy a walk up or down Damrak. I'm not one of them, instead... More 

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Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

this is the place most tourist enter the city. Its a nice broad street. advise, if you come from the central station, go right as fast as possible in the direction of the Haarlemmerstraat. This is a very nice street with a lot of shops and places to have a bite or drink.

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Right opposite central station and you hsve everything you need,there are bars,cafes, tour operators and much more. As its the main street it gets mega busy but we enjoyed the food and bars.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

There are far better streets in Amsterdam but somehow, as a tourist, you end up on this one... I would advise to avoid this street because it offers nothing special nor positive but with it being the street joining the Central Station to the Dam Square, there is a very big chance that you will find yourself here. The more... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Just across the Central Station you will come across this long street of everything that cater for tourist. Number of souvenir shops is here. Many restaurants and cafes and some good spot for relaxing. But it is really crowd with tourist!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 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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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 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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Jedburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

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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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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