If you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam and want to make the most out of your trip without spending too much, here are 10 free things you can do in Amsterdam.
10 Free Things To Do In Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Walking Tour
Learn about the history and modern-day Amsterdam through a free 3-hour Amsterdam walking tour to see the top attractions in the city including the canals, Anne Frank House and more. The tour starts at the National Monument in Dam Square and usually ends by Anne Frank House.
- Ferry Ride
Take a free ferry ride behind central station to the North of Amsterdam crossing the river Ij (pronounced “eye”) and enjoy the Amsterdam waterfront view. The ferries can be found behind central station and you can choose from 3 different routes. Buiksloterweg, where you can explore the EYE Filmmuseum & Tolhuistuin, IJplein to visit a more residential area with shops, and NDSM Wharf, for multi-disciplinary festivals, performances, exhibitions, dance parties and a wide range of other events.
Enjoy nature and take a stroll through Vondelpark, located in the heart of Amsterdam. Though not different from other parks, with many open green spaces, flower beds and a lake, it’s a great way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
- Rijksmuseum Garden
Although the Rijksmuseum requires an entrance fee, you’re free to roam around the beautiful garden. You can see beautiful flower beds as well as a collection of statues and sculptures.
- Goat Farm at the Amsterdamse Bos
Visit the goat farm situated in the heart of Amsterdamse Bos and feed the goats. You can also see other farm animals like lambs, chickens, pigs, cows and horses. The farm features a kiddie pool, a river and biking and hiking trails.
- Stadsarchief (Amsterdam City Archives)
Check out Amsterdam’s collection of rich history and treasures, protected in the basement of the historic De Bazel building. It showcases historical documents, archaeological artefacts and contains many maps, drawings and pictures, a library and extensive audio, film and photo archives.
- NEMO Science Museum
Visit the 5- floor NEMO science museum an enjoy the playful hands-on experience of learning. NEMO also has an accessible sloping rooftop that is open to the public, where you can see a view of Amsterdam city centre as well as learn about generating power from elements through the ‘energitica’ exhibition.
- Gassan Diamond Tour
Take a tour at Gassan’s factory of Diamonds where you can watch the entire process and craftsmanship of how diamonds are transformed, while a guide tells you about the process.
If you love cats, you will want to visit Poezenboot. It’s a boat that shelters up to 50 cats up for adoption. It’s free to go and check out but donations are welcome.
- Amsterdam’s Chinatown
Roam the streets of Amsterdam’s china town and while you’re there, check out the amazing Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple and it’s lavish interior.
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