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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.
Eat, see, and stay in Red Light District (De Wallen)
I have not visited since the addition of the new entrance and exhibition building but this is a little gem, a 'hidden' church, and now itself a 'hidden' trourist attraction on the edge of the Red Light district
Was walking around dam square in the evening and happened to see this museum and thought we would give it a go. Was quiet empty, probably as it was late evening. Really weird and interesting - would definitely recommend popping in and paying to look around if you are in the area.
Had a bit of time to spare so had a look inside this lovely old church. Their was a service on at the time so it didnt seem appropriate to wander around looking at all the interior but it was very nice to visit. As per usual with Amsterdam, there are rules: no cameras or phones obviously but also it...
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums
"An interesting insight"
reviewed 3 days ago by Paul C
I was having a few beers enjoying the sights and sounds of the red light district when we decided to go in for a giggle. I have to say it was an interesting tour full of information on the oldest profession in the world. Well worth a visit.
"Could change your mind on what you think you know about hemp and marihuana"
reviewed 1 week ago by Dave D
My son had an interest in hemp and we went to the museum which has two parts. It's a static museum, however very informative, historical and does a nice trip through time theme up to today. Audio device and although not a big place, we were three of only about 8 at the time. Near the red light district so...
It was a great evening with international participants, nice people. The dinner was very tasty, especially the main dish: guinea-fowl with creamy mushrooms.
We received valuable insider tips and recommendations from Olaf considering things to see e.g. the hidden church of Amsterdam we have not heard about before and to taste Indonesian food next evening in a restaurant at Spuistraat.
One of the best brunches I remember to have... place is quite small so expect a queue because they don’t do reservations. Food is amazing great quality great taste, and very good environment as well. It’s not expensive comparing to the other places in the country so if you want great food this is a place to go.
Staff are SOOOO friendly! Atmosphere is great, everyone is having a great time. We had churros and they were delicious. No photos since they didn’t stick around long enough haha. Would definitely come here again. Businesses in the UK should take a leaf out of their book. Kind, relaxed, friendly and chilled. Great place, thanks guys!
I found the food here to be a nice light lunch. The staff was helpful in explaining their menu items and were also very courteous. I think the prices are a bit high for the soup or sandwich portions you receive, but the quality makes up for some of it. We found the cake they had to be amazing!
Don’t let the absence of a written menu keep you from this little jewel.
The Leek Soup was delicious and the meat fell off the bone of the Indonesian chicken. My husband had the delightful salmon. And don’t forget the pear tart. Service was spectacular!!
I picked this hotel with the reviews on Trip Advisor and it was everything I expected and more. We had a jet bath room with no view, but it didn’t matter because the room was enough to look at. Everything from the accessories in the bathroom to the welcoming mini bar made us feel completely comfortable. Amazingly located with no...
At first we couldn´t find the hotel as there was no sign outside with the name of the hotel and it looked like a cosy cafe place but after noticing number 20 we rung the bell,for you can´t just walk in,you need a keycard to open the main entrance door and also your bedroom,which is great for safety reasons.The owner...
We stayed for three nights for our one year anniversary. The staff was welcoming, charming and provided excellent service. The hotel itself is located in the heart of the city in close proximity and walking distance to almost everything we wanted to see in Amsterdam; the Rijks and Van Gogh museums, Rembrandt house, canals, red light and of course the...
From the moment we arrived in the Hotel V Nesplein we felt very welcome. The receptionist couldn't do more to help us with dinner reservations and to help us navigate around the city. The hotels location is fantastic. Just a short stroll ( 2 mins max.) from dam square. You can walk easily from centraal station to the hotel if...
This hotel has an incomparable location just next to the Blömenmarkt and the Muntplein. It's set into the canal like the prow of a ship and some rooms have fabulous views over the canal.
Its bar Freddy's is great, with excellent service and good piano music most nights.There is a small gym and a lovely pool, as well as a...