5 Free things to do in Amsterdam

5 Free things to do in Amsterdam was contributed by travel blogger Bianca Bauza of Nomadbiba

With its world-class museums, vibrant streets and picture perfect canals, Amsterdam is one of the top city destinations in Europe. However, the Dutch capital is definitely not one of the cheapest places you can visit. But don’t fret. You can also find some great free things to do in Amsterdam. These are just a few.

Stroll Around the Canals

free things to do in Amsterdam -Stroll along Amsterdam's canals. photo Nomadbiba

Stroll along Amsterdam’s canals. photo/Nomadbiba

 Amsterdam, with more canals than Venice, features an impressive network of both canals and bridges.  The canal belt was built around the old city center during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. In 2010, Amsterdam’s canal Ring Area was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These 400-year-old waterways are great to explore on foot or by bike.

Listen to a Free Concert at the Concertegebouw

free thing to do in Amsterdam -Take advantage of free concerts at Concertgebouw photo/Nomadbiba

Take advantage of free concerts at Concertgebouw, photo/Nomadbiba

The Concertgebouw, one of the most exclusive concert halls in the world, offers exceptional acoustics and excellent programmes. The free concerts take place on Wednesdays from 12:30pm to 1pm from mid-September to June. Some of these performances are public rehearsals. If you are lucky, you might end up listening to the world famous Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orchestra for free.

Relax at the Vondelpark

 

free thing to do in Amsterdam - A view at the Vondelpark, photo Nomadbiba

A view at the Vondelpark, photo/Nomadbiba

The Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s main green space, is one of the city’s main attractions. Located just west of the Museumplein, the park covers an area of 47 hectares and features a rose garden, several ponds and a wide variety of local and foreign plant species. In summer, the open-air theatre offers great music, dance, theatre and stand up comedy programmes. Please note, entry is free but voluntary donations are appreciated.

Wander Around the Gardens of the Rijksmuseum

free thing to do in Amsterdam - Entrance to the gardens at the Rijksmuseum is free, photo Nomadbiba

Entrance to the gardens at the Rijksmuseum is free, photo/Nomadbiba

 If you don’t feel like paying the entrance fee for the Rijksmuseum, you can still enjoy some great art while strolling around its gardens. Entrance to the outdoor baroque and renaissance style gallery is free. Each summer there is an outdoor sculpture display dedicated to a specific artist. From July 1st to October 1, 2017 twelve monumental sculptures by French artist Jean Dubuffet will be on display. And do not forget to take a photo with the iconic Amsterdam sign.

Enjoy Street Art

free thing to do in Amsterdam - Enjoy Amsterdam.'s street art, photo Nomadbiba

Enjoy Amsterdam.’s street art, photo/Nomadbiba

 Even though street art in Amsterdam might not be as conspicuous as in other European cities, its urban art scene is alive and kicking. Street art in the city center, runs mostly to smaller art works. The intersection between the Spuistraat and Wijdesteeg is a good place to spot some stencil art and paste-ups. But if you want to see large-scale murals, you will have to venture further afield. The Street Art Museum Amsterdam (SAMA) in Amsterdam Nieuw-West is an impressive open-air gallery that showcases some great local and international artists. While there’s a charge for tours, admission is free. You can also hop on the ferry behind the Central Station to the NDSM-werf where you can walk around and see some interesting art.

There are many more free things to do in Amsterdam. What are your favorites?

Bianca Bauza is a world citizen who spent over three years traveling around South America and Europe. Her passions include photography, street art, outdoor sports, and cooking exotic dishes. She is currently based in the Netherlands. She shares her passion for travel on her blog, Nomadbiba. You can also follow her adventures on Instagram and Facebook.

What are your favorite free things to do in Amsterdam?

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