Amsterdam City Break For Free
Make the Most of Your Amsterdam City Break For Free
Do you wish to see city’s best sights, attractions and experience Amsterdam in a short span of time? Here’s our pick of the 10 best places to visit in Amsterdam that won’t cost a thing.
Go to Bloemenmarkt, to wander past the stalls of the city’s wonderful flower market, it is open daily from 9AM till 5PM though some stalls are closed on Sunday. As one the main suppliers of flowers to central Amsterdam, it extends along the southern bank of the Singel. It is the only floating flower market in the world, and one of the most fragrant places of interest for locals and tourists in all seasons.
On the northeast edge of Amsterdam, Zeeburg has become one of the city’s most upcoming districts. In the early 1990s, the area was virtually derelict so there began a massive renovation, which has been going on for the past fifteen years or more. Now, it is the fastest developing part of Amsterdam, with renovated dockside structures and new landmark buildings that give it a modern feel. The best way to explore Zeeburg is by bike.
Tucked behind an unobtrusive door on the Spui square is the Begijnhof, where a huddle of impeccably maintained old houses looks onto a central green. Considered as one of the most engrossing sights, and totally free; it is still waiting to be discovered. The Begijnhof was once inhabited by religious women who took a vow of chastity, and it is still a home to an English reformed church and a small chapel.
Strolling along Albert Cuypmarkt is a fine way to pass the time. Largest market in the city, it stretches between Ferdinand Bolstraat and Van Woustraat, with a wide range of stalls selling everything from raw-herring sandwiches to saucepans. When you visit the Albert Cuypmarkt, don’t forget to check out the ethnic shops, and the Indian and Surinamese restaurants down the side streets.
Here you can find free lunchtime concerts. It has become popular among musicians and concert goers for its amazing acoustics, and after a facelift and the replacement of its crumbling foundations in the early 1990s it is looking and sounding better than ever. Even Bernard Haitink once praised the Concertgebouw as the best instrument of the orchestra that it houses.
The city centre’s main park is one of the best attractions to walk through. The park possesses a wide variety of local and imported plants, a beautiful rose garden, and ponds and narrow waterways. When you visit Vondelpark, you will also find cows, sheep, hundreds of squirrels and parakeets. During the summer the park also regularly hosts free concerts and theatrical performances, mostly in its specially designed open air theatre.
Known as the city guard gallery is a covered street, leading from Begijnensteeg to the Amsterdam museum. Original group portraits, made between 1530 and 2007 by artists such as Bartholomeus van der Helst and Erwin Olaf, hang in the gallery. Even Goliath can be seen here, a world -famous 17th century wooden giant. All you have to spend is while entering the main museum but the gallery, with its portraits of civic guards is free.
Ferry across the IJ
Take one of the ferries from behind Central Station to Amsterdam Noord. The city is one of the best rediscovered neighbourhoods to explore! Many of these blue and white ferries can be found easily behind Amsterdam Central Station, providing a frequent and free service across the water to and from Amsterdam Noord.
Trapped in her house, Anne Frank listened to the bells of the Westerkerk, until they were taken away to be melted down for the German war effort. Designed by Hendrick de Keyser and completed in 1631, Westerkerk tower remains until today the pride of Amsterdam, regarded by many as the city symbol. You must visit the Westerkerk and appreciate its unique interior, and the rich history.
Amsterdam has been known as the City of Diamonds for the past four hundred years. Thus, the brilliant cut, which is an Amsterdam also globally sometimes called the Amsterdam cut. Free guided tours include a visit to the cutting and polishing areas, as well as a gambol round Gassan’s diamond jewellery showroom.
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