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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

Top Rated Amsterdam Attractions

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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 Museum Entrance Ticket

clock Duration: 1 to 4 hou
  • 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: 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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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...

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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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,...

Skip the Line Madame Tussauds Amsterdam Ticket with Optional Canal Cruise

clock Duration: 1 day
  • Skip-the-line ticket to the world-famous Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.
  • With an option to add a canal cruise to your ticket.
  • Entrance to the museum where you will find real-size wax figures of your favorite celebrities.
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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...

The Amsterdam Dungeon Entrance Ticket

clock Duration: 45 minutes
  • Entry ticket with possibility to skip the line at the Amsterdam Dungeon.
  • Face with over 500 years of Amsterdam's darkest history.
  • Interactive experience where shockingly scary true stories are brought back to life.
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam Guided Private Tour

clock Duration: 5 hours 30
  • Private tour through Amsterdam's best museums.
  • Perfect introduction to Van Gogh and artist of the Dutch Golden Age.
  • Five-hour private guided tour.
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Amsterdam Travel Ticket

clock Duration: 1 - 7 days
  • This tour will give you the chance to explore the city at your own pace. There will be unlimited travel around the city for 1 - 7 days
  • Travelers will get to ride on the metro, buses, ferries, and trams throughout your duration in the city
  • Making use of the ticket is quite easy to use. All you have to do is check-in
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Skip the Line Heineken Experience Amsterdam Ticket

clock Duration: 2 hours
  • Enjoy a self-guided interactive journey through the world of Heineken® at the Heineken Experience, housed in the first built Heineken brewery in the city centre of Amsterdam. In 1988 the brewery closed due to inability to cover high demand and since 1991 it has been welcoming visitors from all over the world.

    Discover the history of the...read more

90-minute Winter Lights Cruise with Refreshments

clock Duration: 1 hour 30
  • Two-hour tour through the beautiful canals of Amsterdam to see the dazzling light sculptures.
  • Available from November 28th to January 19th.
  • Shared tour in a boat with roof, heating and blankets for the cold winter days.
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Hop-On Hop-Off Amsterdam Canal Sightseeing Cruise

clock Duration: 1 day
  • Amsterdam's alternative to a sightseeing bus tour.
  • This is an opportunity to ride the little red river boat around the city with the freedom hop-on or off at any stops.
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Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise Including Pizza and Drinks

clock Duration: 1 hour 30
  • An evening sightseeing cruise on the canals.
  • A fun introduction to Amsterdam.
  • A yummy pizza dinner served onboard.
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Amsterdam Wine and Cheese Evening Cruise

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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