10 Amsterdam Attractions That Will Not Cost You a Penny

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.



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Old Center / Red Light District
Dam Square


Make your way to Dam Square and enjoy the constant hustle and bustle. The square is home to many attractions, both free and paid, including the Royal Palace, National Monument, Madame Tussauds and others. Admire the beautiful exterior of the...  Read More



If you are looking for a cost effective (aka free) canal cruise alternative, take the public ferry across the IJ River. The public ferry service, which is part of the public transportation company GVB, is completely free. You can go by foot or...  Read More



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In the center of the lively Kalverstraat and Spui area is a hidden oasis: the Begijnhof. Concealed by the numerous houses and other buildings surrounding it, the area boasts a tranquil courtyard and charming chapel. Escape the busy city life and...  Read More



Amsterdam provides many places to escape busy city life. Whether you need a quiet afternoon to yourself or want to play with your children, Amsterdam offers many green spaces to get away. Vondelpark is one of the city's many parks to help you do...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District


The Red Light District, also known as De Wallen or Rosse Buurt, dates back to the fourteenth century. It was a place sailors would come if they required female companionship. Today, the Red Light District is home to coffeeshops that sell...  Read More

Eastern Canal Ring
Magere Brug
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The Magerebrug, also known as the Skinny Bridge, is one of the most famous bridges in Amsterdam. Legend has it that this narrow wooden bridge was originally built for two wealthy, skinny sisters who lived on opposite sides of the Amstel River....  Read More

Central Canal Ring
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The Bloemenmarkt, located in the heart of Amsterdam on the Singel canal between Muntplein and Koningsplein, is the worlds only floating flower market. The vendors are situated on several houseboats. The Bloemenmarkt provides the perfect...  Read More



The Concertgebouw, internationally renowned for being one of three halls with the best acoustics in the world, offers a lunchtime concert series on Wednesdays at 12:30. These concerts are completely free to the public. Lose yourself in the sound...  Read More


Meet Jessica Lipowski

Jessica has fallen in love with the Netherlands. She moved in 2011, seizing an opportunity to live abroad, a long-time dream.

In May 2016, she published a non-fiction book, "Flavors of...  More About Jessica