Amsterdam Red-Light District

Amsterdam’s red-light district is perhaps one of the cities most famous tourist attractions – the largest and most well known red-light district is De Wallen, also known as Walletjes or Rosse Buurt, and is a designated area for legalized prostitution.  It consists of a network of roads and alleys containing several hundred small, one-room apartments rented by female sex Amsterdam Red-Light Districtworkers who offer their services from behind a window or glass door, typically illuminated with red lights.  The area has a number of sex shops, sex theatres and peep shows, amongst other attractions.

Located within the red light district is the world’s first and oldest sex museum: the Venustempel.  A leading museum on the theme of sensual love, the Venustempel contains an extensive collection of erotic pictures, paintings, objects, recordings, photographs and other attractions.  Since opening its doors in 1985, the “Venustempel” is now visited by some 500.000 visitors every year, making it one of the best-visited museums in Amsterdam!  You do need to be at least 16 yrs old to enter, so don’t attempt to take the kids along…

Alongside these attractions is Amsterdam’s Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum, which details the history, present and future of the cannabis plant.  The scent of genuine cannabis plants welcomes the visitor when entering the museum, and once inside, all aspects of the cannabis plant are explained in detail using a variety of media. The museum contains a large collection of traditional smoking devices from all over the world.  There is also an extensive library of books, photos, posters, and magazines related to the culture of cannabis, which range from the 19th Century to the Jazz era and on to contemporary pop culture.  Also around this area are a number of coffee shops which offer various cannabis products.

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