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Top 5 Must-See Activities in Amsterdam

These are the most famous Amsterdam tourist attractions & sight tours which sees thousands and millions of visitors each year:


Free Things To Do In Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city that offers something to everyone. While it's known for being more adult-oriented, there are so many things to enjoy here regardless of the kind of traveller that you are. If you are the kind of traveller who has a limited budget, you can still have a great time if you knew the cheap things to do in Amsterdam. By simply exploring the energetic streets of Amsterdam, you'll be rewarded with so many interesting sights without spending a single cent.

Amsterdam is definitely not a cheap city to visit. But with the many free things to do in Amsterdam, you'll surely have a great time here even if your budget is limited. For instance, if you want to learn more about the city's culture and history, then take time to visit the free museums in Amsterdam. There are other free attractions in Amsterdam that are also worth your time, such as the Concertgebouw, Prinsengracht, Openbare Bibliotheek library, Vondelpark, Begijnhof, and the Red Light District. Regardless of the season, Amsterdam has plenty of things for you to enjoy. For instance, one of the free things to do in Amsterdam this summer is to explore the areas by the Prinsengracht. This beautiful canal is the longest in the city and features lots of interesting sites along the way. If you're visiting the city with you family, one of the free things to do in Amsterdam with kids is to have a picnic at the Vondelpark.

So check out this list of free things to do in Amsterdam if you are planning to visit the city but your budget is limited.

Free Attractions in Amsterdam

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Concertgebouw

This neoclassical building is said to be one of the finest concert halls in the world. Built in 1888, it is much acclaimed for its superb acoustics and host 900 concerts a year, seen by 800,000 people.

There are guided tours of the hall available for €10 per person, or you can buy a ticket for one of the fantastic evening performances, but you can also take in some music for free. From September to June every year, there is a free...

Amsterdam National Maritime Museum Skip-the-line-Ticket

clock Duration: 30 to 90 m
  • Entry to the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam with possibility to skip the admission line.
  • Ticket to the 11th most visited museums in the Netherlands
  • Three hours into the Dutch maritime history through nautical globes, maps, ship instruments, paintings and more.
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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

Opened on the 7th of July 2007, this state-of-the-art library boasts the accolade of being the largest in Europe. Occupying an incredible 28,000m², it is used by 2.5 million people each year and has ten floors. The design is ecologically friendly, leading to it being acclaimed as “Most Sustainable Public Building in Amsterdam”. Half of the 1200 seats have free internet access.

Located just a few minutes from Central Station, the...

Amsterdam: Jewish Cultural Quarter Entrance Ticket

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • Two-hour self-tour around the the streets of Amsterdam's Jewish Cultural Quarter.
  • Entry to five different museums and historical buildings with a single ticket.
  • Audio-tour and map to guide yourself around the area.
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Prinsengracht

This beautiful canal is the longest in Amsterdam, and features many sites of interest along its length: the Westerkerk (Western Church), the Anne Frank House (link), and the Homomonument (Gay Monument). You can also access the Jordaan (link) via the bridges over the Prinsengracht.

A pleasant few hours can be spent strolling along the canal and admiring the charming old houses, most of which date from the Dutch Golden Age of global...

Skip the Line: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Admission Ticket

clock Duration: 45 to 90 m
  • An opportunity to visit one of the most interesting art museums in the Netherlands.
  • This is convenient skip the line entrance ticket and self-guided tour of the Stedelijk Museum.
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Vondelpark

This expansive 120-acre park, centrally located near Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum (links), is a fantastic place to visit on a sunny day. You can check out the many interesting features on a sunny day, or simply relax and have a picnic with the family.

Established in 1865, the park was initially named Nieuwe Park, but took its current moniker from a statue of playwright Joost van den Vondel which was established two years later. You...

Skip the Line: Amsterdam Museum - The Golden Coach Entrance Ticket

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • Ticket to visit the Amsterdam Museum without lining up.
  • Ancient monument where you can learn and taste how the city of Amsterdam has developed.
  • Stay up to 7 hours to observe the different exhibitions.
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EYE Film Museum

EYE, as it's known, is the Dutch national museum of film and its permanent exhibitions, located in the basement, are free to enjoy. Visitors can star in a variety of short films thanks to green screen magic, see all the best bits of the most iconic movies displayed in the hypnotic 360 degree video room, or choose a movie to watch in one of their mini cinema pods.

Located on IJ Harbour the building, a work of modern art in itself,...

Amsterdam Public Transport Ticket

clock Duration: 1 to 7 day
  • A convenient public transport pass which will make exploring the city a piece of cake.
  • A hassle free alternative to purchasing individual transport tickets.
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Begijnhof

One of the oldest parts of Amsterdam, the Begijnhof is an inner court surrounded by historic buildings, which were originally the homes of the Beguines - women who devoted themselves to a life of prayer and good works without taking formal religious vows.

It is the only inner court in the city that dates back to the Middle Ages, first being mentioned in 1389, and still sits at medieval street level - a full metre below the rest of the...

Romantic Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise With Wine and Dutch Cheese

clock Duration: 1 hour 30
  • A romantic evening meal onboard a classic River Boat.
  • An opportunity to discover Amsterdam's incredible waterways.
  • A fantastic combination of sightseeing and fine dining.
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Heritage Amsterdam Skip the Line Ticket

clock Duration: Flexible
  • Explore one of the larges art galleries in Europe at your own leisurely pace.
  • Tour the halls of this former royal residence and marvel at the richly decorated interior.
  • See much-loved art works by some of the world's most respected artists, including Da Vinci, and Raphael.
  • Take advantage of the chance to see some of
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Rembrandt House Ticket Skip Line

clock Duration: Flexible
  • A chance to discover the home of one of the greatest artist who ever lived.
  • A relaxed self-guided tour of one of Amsterdam's best museums.
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Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo Ticket

clock Duration: 4.5
  • A chance to stroll through the historic ARTIS Royal Zoo and come face to face with some of our planets rarest and most impressive animals.
  • A nature haven in the heard of Amsterdam.
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Keukenhof Skip the Line Ticket

clock Duration: Flexible
  • Europe's largest tulip gardens and one of the best attractions in the Netherlands.
  • This is a convenient skip the line ticket to the Keukenhof Gardens so that you can explore the park at your own pace.
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Van Gogh Museum Skip-the-line Ticket

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • This is an opportunity to see one of the finest collections of artworks by Vincent Van Gogh.
  • A insight into the movement of Surrealism and the life of one of the genre's leading artists.
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Blue Boat Company Amsterdam Canal Cruise and Van Gogh Museum

clock Duration: 8 hours
  • An opportunity to visit one Holland's best art museums and discover the incredible life of the Italian Surrealist painter Vincent Van Gogh.
  • Go sightseeing in the historic centre of Amsterdam on a scenic canal cruise.
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Diamond Museum Amsterdam – Experience our diamond heist! Admission Ticket

clock Duration: 1 to 2 hou
  • Located in the famous Museum Square between the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.
  • Explanation of how diamonds are formed through a process of billions of years.
  • Life presentation of actual diamond polishers and goldsmiths turning rough stones into the most beautiful jewelry.
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