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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)
Skip the lines and crowds at Amsterdam's large churches and visit Op Solder. I much enjoyed exploring Amsterdam's religious history and the Protestant/Catholic divisions in the 1500s. The museum's audio tour was comprehensive and there were always sub menus for each room to give you additional information. You really get a feeling of what life was like for Catholics after...
One of Amsterdam’s most beautiful churches! The dark, cozy atmosphere inside takes you to another time and the places were you can light a candle are plenty. It’s free to get in so why not pay a visit? Close to the Central station and easy to access. Highly recommended!
My teenager initiated the idea, she led the way we had a good laugh it was great, it was easter and they hid easter eggs all over, the kids were collecting it , easter bunny helped us find the toilet... fun day!
The right way to do the red light district! Soak up some history and see the beauty that is this pristinely memorialized church from when Catholics had to hide their services. This gives you a glimpse into the interesting history of Amsterdam and offers gorgeous views of the city. By far one of my favorite things I've done there, and...
Don’t miss this opportunity to have a wonderful dinner in the inviting home of Martine and Olav, a charming, warm and interesting Amsterdam couple. My husband and I joined 5 other diners for a delicious traditional Dutch dinner. Each course was explained and paired with the appropriate cocktail or wine. The evening quickly became like having a dinner party with...
We came upon this little oasis by chance. The little courtyard is beautiful and it is a nice spot for a coffee and slice of cake. My latte was delicious and the staff were super friendly. Definitely recommended.
We loved staying here! Our room was large and the decor was pure fun kitsch. Everyone we dealt with here was pleasant. The shower was great, the breakfast delicious, (although not included, but reasonable) and the location could not have been better. Easy walking distance to most places, and a very short walk to all of the tram lines. Highly...
Visited the hotel for the 2nd time, enjoyed it very much as before.
Staff is very friendly and helpful, rooms are clean, mini fridge filled every day, amazing location, close to everything
RIP the house cat we've had the pleasure to meet last time :(
"Location, service, facilities, this hotel has it all"
reviewed 2 days ago by BruceSXM
I picked the Sofitel first because of it's excellent location, directly on one of the quieter canals in Amsterdam and yet centrally located so it is easy to walk to all the major attractions and sites in this wonderful city. The staff however is amazing and makes you feel at home right away and the room was large and comfortable....
Just came home from a two-day post-cruise stay at this splendid hotel and I miss it already! Since many of our fellow cruisers were checking in at the same time, and it was quite early in the a.m., the hotel provided us with a private room where we could relax and wait for our rooms to be made ready, which...
Wonderful staff, beautiful room, great food, and amazing gem in the city center.
The rooms are beautiful, clean, and ready for the family upon entering. The lotions, soaps, and robes make coming in from a day on the town a treat and the view to the street is charming and relaxing.
Highly recommend for couples and family.