Amsterdam's name derives from Amstelredamme ,  indicative of the city's origin around a dam in the river Amstel. Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, and became the leading centre for finance and trade. Sloten , annexed in by the municipality of Amsterdam; is the oldest part of the city, dating to the 9th century. These characteristics are arguably responsible for attracting millions of Amsterdam's visitors annually. As the commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the top financial centres in Europe, Amsterdam is considered an alpha-world city by the Globalization and World Cities GaWC study group. The city is also the cultural capital of the Netherlands.
Philippines, Manila: whores, midgets, ladyboys or the red lights
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Red Light District also known as De Wallen is probably one of the first things that would come to mind when talking about Amsterdam. Red Light District consists of a network of alleys containing approximately tiny one-room cabins rented by prostitutes who offer their sexual services from behind a window or glass door, typically illuminated with red lights—hence the name, Red Light District. Given the fact that it is one of the most visited cities in Europe, Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities in the world as well. You will not be surprised to see a packed crowd of tourists. There is a number of sex shops, sex theaters, peep shows, a sex museum, a cannabis museum, and a number of coffee shops that sell marijuana. Most of the action takes place around 11pm, when the district is swarming with crowds and the red neon lights illuminate the canals.