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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
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 what it is. Wasn't sure what to expect but the area was interesting to walk around and a definite place to visit even if you don't want to test the goods. Was quite... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Not for everyone, but a must see and experience if visiting Amsterdam, could not get used to the very open smoking of herbal cannabis around this area

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went in with a lot of expectation however there is lot to see in there and feel . The entire atmosphere is pretty vibrant and colorful however the only colour was Red . You can go in for a peep show or to the Banana bar to take a lap dance but that is probably it unless you are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is what it is. Wasn't sure what to expect but the area was interesting to walk around and a definite place to visit even if you don't want to test the goods. Was quite surprised at how uninterested the ladies looked, playing on their phones most of the time, but hey ho I wasn't there to buy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you're going to Amsterdam you have to visit the Red Light District. It's a mix of feelings, a bit sad for woman I must say, but it's a part of their culture.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

For years I have heard about the Red Light District in Amsterdam and the outrageous things you see there. I visited the area on a Friday night around 8 pm. Maybe I was too early but all I saw were drinks running around acting stupid. It is filled with bars and restaurants and exotic shops (more bars and restaurants, however).... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was going with a lot of expectations and I was sad :( the place is not what it us to be... today with the internet and all the explicit nudity, this place no longer gives you any type of shock, but it is a fun place to visit...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're in Amsterdam for the night, the red light district is a must, especially if you're with a bunch of guys, even you are just "window shopping."

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So we were not able to see the red light district at night where I here it gets much , much racier. However. It was still interesting during the daylight hours. Also, it was a great place to grab a nice cold beer even in the winter! Would love to go back in warmer months for a different experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place very popular with tourists, especially after 7 PM, when a lot of "exposition" start to work. Red lamps and water canal make a special atmosphere around it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's sad and seedy. Walk around at night and you'll be shocked. Mostly groups of men standing looking in the windows.

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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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