Although Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it isn’t exactly economical. This factor alone holds back many people from traveling there.
However, the good news is that you can make the most of the breathtaking city on a budget. From art galleries to concerts, there are several places and attractions you can visit without spending a single dollar:
The Grachtengordel (Canal Belt)
Amsterdam is the home of the canals. Featuring a large number of 17th Century canals, Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht, the Canal Belt is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wandering around these ancient canals is one of life’s greatest pleasures. And it’s absolutely free!
Enjoy a free lunchtime concert at the Concertgebouw. The arts center holds free rehearsal concerts for the public before the official shows, which take place later in the evening. You can attend a free concert on Wednesday (mid-September through to June) between 12:30pm and 1pm.
There are plenty of things to do in Vondelpark – Amsterdam’s main park. From having a picnic to cycling, the park offers retreat from everyday noise. Not to mention, it has many animals, including cows, sheep, squirrels and more. If you go there in summer, you can catch up on free concerts and theatrical performances.
Civic Guard Gallery
For art enthusiasts, a visit to the Civic Guard Gallery is an absolutely essential. It showcases paintings of civic guards from the Golden Age (the 17th century) as well as modern portraits of Dutch celebrities. The gallery is a part of the Amsterdam Museum. Entrance is free for visitors.
The Bloemenmarkt (The Flower Market)
One of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions, the floating flower market features flowers in all shapes, colors and scents.
You will find a variety of flowers, including tulips, daffodils, lilies and more. Entrance to the flower market is free for everyone. The market is open daily, from 9am to 5pm. Some stores close on Sunday.
Sunday Market Amsterdam
The Sunday Market is a fun place to shop and relax. It takes place every first Sunday of the month in Westerpark.
From clothes to souvenirs, you can find an array of creative products at discounted prices. In addition, the market offers free food, drinks and snacks to shoppers.
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