Do not miss anything and enjoy the capital of Holland without spending a single euro. Amsterdam is a vibrant and fascinating city. Surrounded by a thousand channels and crossed by bridges and bicycles, the capital of the Netherlands is perfect for a weekend getaway or longer vacations. There is so much to see and do, that you will not get bored. But if you also want to enjoy it without having to spend a lot, here are best things to do in Amsterdam that can be done in Amsterdam for 0 dollars.
What are you waiting for? Book your hotel in Amsterdam, pack your bags and fly out. The next trip to Amsterdam will cost you much less than you think with our advice. On the way back, tell us what you liked best.
- Art Galleries
In addition to museums, Amsterdam is full of small and independent art galleries. The most important are Radar (gallery of art and architecture with urban-inspired exhibitions), Galerie Fons Welters (an industrial space full of exhibitions and modern facilities) or KochxBos (a kind of living-dining room converted into a residential street with emphasis on kitsch, colorful and surreal art). Most are in the Jordaan neighborhood and admission is free. So take out your most creative side and spend some time.
- The EYE Film Museum
Although temporary exhibitions are paid, the permanent is free, so you have no excuse not to get into the world of cinema. The Panorama room envelops visitors with a hundred scenes of films that are projected on the walls and can be selected through control panels. There are also some futuristic cabins with a sofa perfect to enjoy the cinema. To make matters worse, the EYE building is wonderful and the views from the bar and restaurant are unmatched.
- Get on the ferry in IJ
Seeing the city from the water is one of the best things that can be done in Amsterdam. You do not have to leave a small fortune in the boats that cross the channels at astronomical prices. Although it has fewer glamors, you can always get on one of the three ferries that cross the IJ, the seafront of the Dutch capital, to explore Amsterdam-Noord. The NDSM Wharf area is an old restored shipyard that attracts the coolest people in the city.
Like all cities, Amsterdam has many markets, each with its own personality. Head over to the Albert Cuyp markt daily market in De Pijp, or the Noordermarkt in the Jordaan, ideal for buying organic food. But if you like antiques and vintage do not miss the “flea market” in Waterlooplein. In search of flowers head over to the Bloemenmarkt a market with more tulips than you have ever seen.
The permanent exhibition at the Stadsarchief (the Archive of the City of Amsterdam) is a good place to explore local history. They have documents as original as a police report on the theft of Anne Frank’s bicycle or photos of John Lennon and Audrey Hepburn. The building that contains it is an old bench decorated by geometric motifs in brick.