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Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Address: Damrak 56, 1012 LL Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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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Crowded but Interesting

One should not forget when visiting Damrak: watch out for pick-pockets. It's a good idea to have a neck pouch, so you can always aware of your money. Damrak is full of... read more

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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156 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One should not forget when visiting Damrak: watch out for pick-pockets. It's a good idea to have a neck pouch, so you can always aware of your money. Damrak is full of interesting activities. The canals were nice, food stalls and shops, and even a playground. However if you're planning to visit other places during your stay in the Netherlands,... More 

Thank RonnC
Old Bridge, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Damrak is the main tourist hub, lots of tourist shops and services with easy access to the main train station and canal boat rides. It's also crowded and a bit hectic

Thank Lisa_NJ_NY
Komorow, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As you walk down Damrak from the station towards the Dam, you feel the pressure of the souvenir shops, overpriced restaurants and hotels. This street preys on tourists and does not offer anything except for a chance to get your pockets picked, especially in the high season. One might as well take a detour through the Red Light district, which... More 

Thank rutgerek
Krakow, Poland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, it's nice, yes it shows the beautiful architecture of the city, but there is just to many people there to enjoy any of this. Either way you can't miss it - it is the main street from the Train Central Station.

Thank Marek S
Stockton on Tees
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Connects the station to Dam Square where the Royal Palace is. As one leaves the station there is a canal to the left and then the stock exchange . Behind this the streets lead to the Red Light District. The area is busy with typical tourist shops and tacky souvenirs,. Eateries include McDonalds as well as overpriced street cafes. Trams... More 

Thank theflyingdoctor
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the one of the busiest streets in Amsterdam, 2 mins from the Train Station, Canal Tours, lots of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. It is a great place to visit and shop in so much atmosphere, plenty of things happening and can spend hours just people watching. From here you can book trips, not far from buses either... More 

Thank Jane M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Lots of hustle and bustle on the Damrak. Great area to stay, eat, drink, shop and wander around. Always a great starting point for any visit.

Thank Pauly-101
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

This is a street you cannot miss when you are in Amsterdam! Houses many bars, restaurants, cafes, many shopping options!

Thank mikhilrs
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

This area will keep you occupied for a good while Plenty of food Coffee shops Cute little museums and attractions The pier for various canal cruises And it's close to dam square for further attractions and shopping

Thank Sophie O
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

This is the main central street for tourists in Amsterdam, full of all you can expect at a typically higher price. It is worth walking down and exploring and looking. It is close to the red light district and Centraal Station.

Thank Nicholas P

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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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