Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most bustling tourism hotspots with good reason – its numerous museums, vibrant nightlife and picturesque winding streets and canals make it a popular stop for people of various interests, and you won’t have to spend a fortune on your Amsterdam holidays when you investigate the city’s best free attractions.
Amsterdam may be one of the most suitable cities for the adage that the best things in life are free – simply walking or cycling through the city’s old streets and taking time out to watch life go by in public parks and cafes can make the time pass swiftly on Amsterdam breaks. Some of the city’s most scenic buildings are Singel 7 – famed as Amsterdam’s narrowest house – and the hallowed grounds of the Begijnhof, which have operated as a home for nuns and widows as well as a Catholic and Presbyterian church throughout the centuries. If you love old churches you’ll be spoiled for choice in Amsterdam, with other notable buildings such as the Westerkerk that was built in 1630.As such, it might not be unrealistic to say that you could probably spend the duration of a trip to the Dutch capital just taking in the scenery or buildings that are free to the public.
It’s not only Amsterdam’s man-made sights that are worth visiting either, as this city is also notable for its abundance of greenery and wide open spaces – especially in the form of the famous Vondelpark, which is a great place to enjoy a picnic, exercise or other outdoor activities in the city centre. Summer is the season when the Vondelpark really comes alive, with football tournaments taking place throughout the season and a number of activities staged for children at the Vondelpark Openluchttheater.
If you’re looking for affordable mementos of your holidays, there’s no better place than the Floating Flower Market along the Singel canal, which also offers a range of fragrances for sale. The Waterlooplein flea market is another popular shopping spot for locals and visitors alike, particularly for clothing, while budget snacks can be found at numerous stalls in the Albert Cuypstraat market.
You shouldn’t leave Amsterdam without visiting at least a couple of its renowned museums, many of which are free and simply request a donation to help conserve the exhibits. Significant museums include the charming Museum Amstelkring, which has been preserved in the same condition since the 17th century to offer an authentic glimpse of the past, and the moving Anne Frank’s House and Joods Historisch Museum in the old Jewish quarter. If you’re planning on visiting some of these attractions however, it’s always advisable to arrive as early as possible to beat the lunchtime queues and to help you fit in as much as possible on your Amsterdam city break.
By preparing properly and making a note of everything you’d like to see before arriving, there’s no reason that you can’t take full advantage of some of the best attractions in Amsterdam without spending any money.
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