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Red Light District
NileGuide Expert Says:
You may notice that not all the windows are red. The blue windows on Barndesteeg are windows for women who are women only from the waist up.
Between the Dam and Nieuwmarkt
1012 LH Amsterdam, Netherlands
tel: +31 20 551 2512 / +31 20 201 8800
fax: +31 20 625 2869
Quite possibly Amsterdam's most defining feature, the Red Light District is the place to see some truly unique things. If prostitutes in windows aren't enough, you can also find an Erotic Museum, which takes you through the history of prostitution, the Hash Marijuana and Hemp Museum, which tells you all you need to know about weed, and the Banana Bar, a bar where waitresses are highly skilled in the various ways of eating a banana. If you want to learn more about prostitution in the Netherlands, visit the Prostitute Information Centre, located next to the Oude Kerk. If this doesn't excite you, the Warmoestraat, which runs along the Red Light District, is full of coffeeshops, bars, hostels and gay S&M clubs. Walking through the Red Light District today you may notice that some windows contain out of place fashion exhibitions. This is a result of the city's efforts to "clean up" the streets.