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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
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+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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Of course everyone has heard of the red light district, but until you've experienced it first hand, it's kind of hard to digest....we visited in late afternoon and with a guide... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is obviously one of the most famous and busiest Amsterdam spots. It is one of the attractions Amsterdam is famous for! I have not used the services of sex workers but strolling down the streets it is amazing how much diversity you can see in the red windows, every imaginable color, shape, etc. Blue light next to the red... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Of course everyone has heard of the red light district, but until you've experienced it first hand, it's kind of hard to digest....we visited in late afternoon and with a guide - so we had some local knowledge and guidance in addition to the girls in the windows - but it was still a sensory overload. Between sex shops, the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You definitely need to see it to believe it. If you're a bit of a prude, don't go! I suppose this is part of the Amsterdam experience, it's definitely an eye opener. We just walked around the streets, we felt safe enough there. Fabulous if you love a bit of people watching. Not much else I can say about it... More 

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its a great place to visit and you feel like your doing a bit of window shopping ha-ha, if you go its nothing you will see anywhere else i would recommend it highly even for couples there is something there for everybody

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

we was a group of couples and decided to go for the kick , its nice to see different things in the city, there is something there for everyone's taste, you don't have to buy but its like window shopping

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Keep an open mind. Sexual liberation at its best. A fun trip for everyone.. Visit the museum of prostitution... educational.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is what it is !!! Seems to be the social centre of Amsterdam so plenty of buzz about the place! Lots of small bars and cafe/restaurants. A different interpretation to window shopping !!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fascinating as unlike anywhere else I ve been. Streets with floor level windows in which the women stand dressed in underwear. Women on show from late afternoon. Red light usual. We were informed on a walking tour that a purple light means transexual. Don't photograph as the women are known to come over and smash your camera.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went bit during day and night. Such a difference! Nice to walk around during day but don't see the true red Lights until night. Night time was so crowded but worth it to see the red light experience! Do not use your camera!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Even if you have a girlfriend or wife you should check this place out of course at night. It has its very unique atmosphere.

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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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