Between accommodation, meals and transportation, travel costs can quickly add up. That doesn’t even take into account any special attractions that a city has to offer. Therefore, 10Best has put together a list of the best free things to see and do in Amsterdam.
One of the best and most cost effective ways to see the city is by foot. Take a stroll along the waterways. Make sure to appreciate the canal houses. Each one has its own character. The Jordaan neighborhood is especially charming, and you’ll find plenty of great places to stop along the way.
The “I Amsterdam” sign provides a nice photo opportunity. The sign moves, so make sure to look up the location of the sign before you arrive or stop at a tourist office to ask. The Vondelpark is a great place to relax outdoors and people watch, and there is no better place to be than Blijburg, the beach on Ijburg, when the sun is shining. For music aficionados, The Concertgebouw is a must. This concert hall has one of the best acoustics in the world and offers free performances on Wednesdays at 12:30.
Watch the sunset from the public ferry as you sail across the IJ River or share a romantic moment with your significant other on the magically lit Magerebrug. For a bit of a culture shock, visit the Red Light District. This area is home to coffeeshops that sell marijuana, prostitutes standing in red neon-lit windows, sex shops and more.