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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
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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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Interesting part of Amsterdam

There is a good atmosphere at night here with lots of bars and window shopping. A bit seedy, but worth a stroll down if you visit Amsterdam.

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Chessington, United Kingdom
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Chessington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is a good atmosphere at night here with lots of bars and window shopping. A bit seedy, but worth a stroll down if you visit Amsterdam.

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Linkoping, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Interesting to see the people and the lights in the night. Feels safe. Guys standing outside as informal guards give the streets an uneasy feeling.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good fun, loads of places to drink and eat. The lady's in the window are very attractive and friendly. But please remember they are doing a job so please treat with respect. Third time of visiting and will be back.

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Upminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great atmosphere!! Lots of pubs, bars and coffee shops.. really enjoyable and great to see! One of my favourite parts of Amsterdam!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have to say that even though it was weird for me at first, it turned out to be one of my favourite places in Amsterdam. I'd go back everytime whilst I was there. Beautiful and weird district, but so full of life. I loved it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Eye opening literally - walk down the side streets to see sights the girls sitting in their windows and the other interesting entertainments

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Tourist traffic, a general feeling of unhappiness amongst the vendors and the traffic. High prices in the pubs, not a good experience. So many more interesting things to see in Amsterdam.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You can't go to Amsterdam and not go the the Red Light district. It's definitely an experience and so interesting to see in real life !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Keep an open mind and have a look around. There are some great bars and coffee shops in the red light district, the ladies (and gentlemen) are just part of the act. It's actually quite a beautiful place and a must see if in Amsterdam.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Uncomparable to anything else in the world. This is truly an experience not to be missed out on if you are in Amsterdam. Really well organized and maintained area. Possibly not suitable for people with anxiety problems on the weekend due to volume of people narrow laneways and a very visable police presence. Morning noon and night this is going... More 

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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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