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Is Amsterdam safe?

General safety issues in Amsterdam

Violent crime is relatively rare in Amsterdam, but the Dutch tolerance of soft drugs invites drug-related crime.

Beware of pickpockets in tourist areas; on public transportation; and around Damrak, Dam Square, and the Red Light District.

The Red Light District, so titillating in the daylight, is less than savory after dark, particularly as the evening wears on and tourists have returned to their hotels. Late at night, I do not recommend that you call attention to yourself or wander the District alone.


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This article was last updated in January 2010. All information was accurate at the time.

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