As one of the top tourist destinations in the world, many spots cost you money. It’s the Venice of the North, the heart of LGBTQ, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In most cases, you get to spend a few dollars to enjoy a world-class experience of museum Amsterdam and scenic canal boat rides.
The good news is that it’s an activity packed city with cultural activities, sightseeing, and historical activities. From secret courtyards to ancient churches, tulips, windmills, cobbled streets, the canals, cheese, and magnificent museums. So you can enjoy most of the city on a budget without it being boring.
If you’re on a tight budget, you can have some free things to add on your itinerary. Here we go.
Visit the historical Dam Square
If you’re looking for Netherlands history, this is one of the free places to visit. It’s surrounded by the 15th century Nieuwe Kerk, the Royal palace, and the National Monument. It gives you a picture of Amsterdam’s central market in the medieval times. And it’s also on the spot that Amstel River got dammed in the 13th century.
Go to the Floating Flower Market
You can’t leave Amsterdam without going to the Bloemenmarkt: Floating Flower Market. You have to make this stop. It is located in the Singel canal right in the middle of Muntplein and Koningsplein. It’s been in operation since 1862 and you’ll find all types of flowers – orchids, violets, snowdrops, carnations, tulips, daffodils, geraniums, etc.
Enjoy Museumplein surroundings
It is one of the most popular places in Amsterdam as it hosts 3 word-class museums. Once you’ve visited Moco museum or Rijksmuseum, it’s the best place to take a walk and soak in the beauty of the city. There is so much green space to enjoy your afternoon picnic. And you don’t have to worry about food and drinks as you’ve got food stands.
Check out the Dutch canal houses
These are the houses overseeing the canal and they are known as the gratchtenpad in Dutch. The houses are high, deep, and slim. They are narrow because back in the day taxes we paid based on the building’s size. The wider the house the more you pay.
Visit the Red Light District
This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea as it has a seedy reputation but it’s more like an attraction site than anything else. Make sure you go in the evening as the atmosphere is more lively and the red and neon lights look more beautiful.