Yin to the Yang: Exploring Europe’s Weirdest Hoods


	The Red Light District is by far Amsterdam's funkiest hood.

The Red Light District is by far Amsterdam's funkiest hood. 

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Aug 9, 2013 —  Chinese philosophy talks about the “yin and yang,” which describes how opposite forces are interconnected. For example, without good there would be no evil. Without day, there would be no night. Without right, there’s no wrong. 

Similarly, if Europe wasn’t home to a variety of weird, oddball neighborhoods, it could be hard to tell which areas are within the realm of normality. One of The Old World’s most popular wacky areas is undoubtedly the Red Light District in Amsterdam, where the streets are alive with drunk carousers and prostitutes who lead customers into their one-room, curbside dens of debauchery.

Over in Berlin, the city's Kreuzberg borough is known as a melting pot of fringe groups and alternative denizens. But while the German neighborhood is undeniably gritty, it happens to house one of the best all-night club scenes in the world.

In Madrid, the Malasaña / Chueca hood is packed with unconventional shops of all kinds that satisfy a wide array of freaky fetishes. The district gained fame from the cultural explosion of music, art, and sexuality in the late 70s and early 80s after the fall of the oppressive Franco dictatorship.

Not every European neighborhood can be family-friendly, picturesque, and perfect. Don’t forget to check out these wacky places once in a while, because there’s no yin without the yang.

  • Red Light District


    Red Light District, Amsterdam.
  • Gràcia


    Gràcia, Barcelona.
  • Kreuzberg / Neukölln


    Kreuzberg / Neukölln, Berlin.
  • Dalston


    Dalston, London.
  • Malasaña / Chueca


    Malasaña / Chueca, Madrid.
  • Pigalle - 9eme


    Pigalle - 9eme, Paris.

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