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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 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 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 Entrance Ticket

clock Duration: 7 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...

I Amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

clock Duration: 1 to 4 day
  • Your very own "key to the city".
  • This is an essential city pass which will get you free entrance to many of the top Amsterdam attractions and access to discounts at many of the city's best venues.
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Red Light District

Amsterdam’s main red light district in De Wallen is certainly notorious for its sex shops, peep shows and windows showing the merchandise on offer. There is plenty of opportunity to explore this side of the area, but there is much more to it than most people realise.

Located in the oldest part of Amsterdam, the Red Light District features charming architecture; centuries-old houses that lean close together along winding cobbled...

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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Walking Tour from Dam Square

SANDEMAN operates a highly popular walking tour from the National Monument at Dam Square twice daily. This is a great way to get an overview of the city and get an idea of what you’d like to explore in more detail, all accompanied by a commentary which covers all aspects of Amsterdam, from legalised drug use and prostitution to the devastating impact of the Holocaust.

Among the sights taken in are the Red Light District, the Anne...

Amsterdam Pass

clock Duration: 1 to 5 day
  • All in one pass to visit a diverse variety of museums and attractions for free.
  • Unlimited tickets for hop-on and hop-off buses and boats.
  • Available for 1,2,3 or 5 days.
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Street Markets

Amsterdam has a wide variety of street markets, but by far the largest and most popular is the Albert Cuyp, located in the vibrant de Pijp district. In fact, it’s rumoured to be the largest daytime market in Europe, and has been established for over 100 years.

With its 260 stalls, there’s something for absolutely everyone and it’s great fun hunting for a bargain. Get a new pair of shoes or some beautiful jewellery and try local...

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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This small but fascinating museum gives an insight into the life of Amsterdam’s wealthier citizens in days gone by. Here you will find formal portraits of them in their official role as Civic Guards, as well as representations of their wives who carried out charity work, dating back to the 16th century.

Rembrandt and Hals are among the notable artists whose work is displayed here. It’s certainly one of the smallest galleries in 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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