So anyone who knows us here at Lilly Likes, knows our passion is all things Amsterdam! We love everything about this city and The Netherlands as a whole! We have put together some top things for you do do and see in Amsterdam that are free or cheap!
This amazing city has something to offer for everyone, from families to couples to stag & hen parties you are sure to have an amazing time over in Amsterdam! Its not all just sex drugs and rock n roll it has some amazing sites and things to do.
1. Take a stroll in Vondel Park – Free
Amsterdam’s most famous park was designed and built in 1850 and today is a popular place for tourists and residents who can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, jogging and picnicking. We always spend an afternoon here when we visit, its great for chilling out on the grass! You can sit there and watch the world go by! Find out more about Vondel Park here
The Amsterdam Flower Market is the only floating flower market in the world, and one of the most fragrant places of interest of Amsterdam – in all seasons. This unique market exists since 1862. The flower stalls stand on the houseboats and evoke the old days when the market was daily supplied by boat.
The flower market of Amsterdam is a particularly colorful place in the city. You will find there all sorts of tulips, narcissus, geraniums and many other types of flowers. At the Amsterdam Flower Market you can either buy bouquets, single flowers or bulbs. The bulbs are ready for export, so you can enjoy them at home too.
And if you are looking for cute typical Dutch souvenirs to bring back home with you, every shop at the Amsterdam Flower Market has some such as clogs, wooden tulips or cheese. Find out more here
3. Red Light District – Free – Tours Chargeable
Its a must on everyone’s list to do and see when visiting Amsterdam! You can take a stroll around the area yourself or you can have 90 min guided tour from just £18.90pp
Discover the buzzing nightlife, legendary coffee shops and racy reputation of Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District on this 1.5-hour night walking tour. Wind your way through the streets of Amsterdam’s most iconic neighbourhood and embrace the weird, wonderful and wacky! Along the way, see oddities like the world’s first condom shop and the Museum of Prostitution; weave through colorful Chinatown; and snap photos of Amsterdam’s scenic canal ways.
Read more about Offbeat Amsterdam: Red Light District Walking Tour 2017 here
4. Visit Amsterdams Cat Cafe – Entry €3 – Food & Drink Chargeable
After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Kopjes has been opened in Amsterdam’s Baarsjes from April 2015. With the opening of Kopjes, Amsterdam ‘s first cat café is a fact.
They offer a selection of hot & cold drinks along with some amazing Dutch food all while you are surrounded by cats! If you love cats as much as us then this must be on your itinerary while in Amsterdam
Read more about Kopjes here
5. Free Walking Tour – Free – Tip’s Welcomed
There are tons of walking tours in Amsterdam you can choose from but why pay when you can use these guys, SANDEMANs NEW Europe Free Tour of Amsterdam is just as good as any paid tour! They use local guides who will show you the sites of this amazing city without charging you (Tips are encouraged)
This 2½-hour* walking tour covers the main sights of the inner city. The guides with whom we work have a unique style of combining history with pure entertainment, making their walking tours some of the most popular in all of Europe.
With an expert guide, you’ll experience the history of this city, from its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel, to how it became the most important trading city in Europe. On this tour, you’ll hear the stories you’d never hear otherwise. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization, to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. After the tour, you’ll have all the time you want to explore further with fellow travelers.
Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums, or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, your SANDEMANs NEW Amsterdam FREE Tour will help you get your bearings in this often confusing city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here. Check out their Trip Advisor reviews here
*Average tour length. The Amsterdam Free Tour usually ends by the Anne Frank House. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!
Read more about the free tours here
6. Diamond Factory Tour – Free
Amsterdam has been known internationally as the ‘City of Diamonds’ for over 425 years. If you would like to find out all about carats, colours, clarity and cuts, and learn about some of the history of this Amsterdam craft at the same time, join one of the free guided tours held seven days a week at Gassan Diamonds. Daily tours from 9 am to 5 pm in over 27 languages. Find out more about the free tours here ! Book your free tour here
7. The Begijnhof – Free
The Begijnhof is an enclosed courtyard, cut off from Amsterdam’s traffic noice. It was established in the 14th century as a residence for pious women who lived like nuns, although they took no monastic vows. They taught children and cared for the sick and enjoyed relative freedom.
The tranquil Begijnhof in the heart of Amsterdam is like a village square in a metropolis, but it has still retained its sanctified atmosphere. Houses in Begijnhof are still occupied by single women, so please respect their privacy and be quiet. Read more about The Begijnhof here
8. Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam – Jump the Queue – From £20
Dine like a rock star in one of the coolest cities in the world! The Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam is the perfect place to kick off an unforgettable night.
Located minutes from the Leidesplein entertainment area, Hard Rock Amsterdam is in the centre of all the action, next to Paradiso live music venue and the famous Holland Casino! It’s also in easy walking distance to the Rijks Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and the Heineken Experience.
As well as world-famous cuisine and award-winning speciality cocktails, you’ll be surrounded by amazing memorabilia from rock ‘n’ roll legends like Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones – plus 8 music video screens and an unbelievable sound system!
You can even take a virtual tour all of the 181 Hard Rock venues around the world on the Rock Wall™ Solo, an interactive touch wall that brings the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia collection to life.
Hard Rock Amsterdam is somewhere you won’t want to leave in a hurry; with a waterside bar area, a late-night lounge and the Amsterdam Rock Shop, you’re guaranteed an experience that Rocks! Read more about the Hard Rock Cafe here
9. Sunday Market – Free
Every first Sunday of the month the ‘Westergasfabriek’ in the Westerpark Area turns into a big market. Besides free food and drink tastings, these markets are perfect places to find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. It’s fun to browse the stands and see what lovely and clever things people have come up with. Read more about the Sunday Market here
10. Rijksmuseum Garden – Free
One of the least known sightseeing attractions for free in Amsterdam is the garden by the Rijksmuseum. This 14.500 m2 green “outdoor gallery” has beautiful flowerbeds, fountains and summerhouses, but also an exhibition of important monumental works by Henry Moore and a children’s garden with playground. Read more about the garden here
11. Take A Picture With The IAmstersam Sign – Free
One of Amsterdam’s most popular city squares is Museumplein, where you will find the I amsterdam sign. This large sign that is located in front of the Rijksmuseum has become an iconic symbol of the city. You will also find many people sitting in or on the letters and getting their photo taken. This is a great free souvenir from Amsterdam.
12. NDSM-werf – Free
Hop on the free ferry behind Centraal Station and set sail for NDSM-werf, a derelict shipyard turned avant-garde arts community. Check out the recycled-junk sculptures, graffiti artists roaming the streets and giant wooden tiki head watching over it all.
13. Dutch Pancake Dinner with a Local in Amsterdam – Fromm £11
Treat yourself to an authentic evening of local culture and cuisine with a Dutch pancake dinner at a private Amsterdam apartment. Learn how to make and devour this favorite local treat, prepared from scratch with a variety of sweet and savory toppings. Get a glimpse into daily life in the capital and learn insider tips from your host while you savor the delicious homemade meal.
Dutch pancakes are enjoyed through Holland as both a sweet treat and savory meal. To discover this popular national dish, make your way to your host’s private apartment near Amsterdam’s city center. An avid runner and boot-camp founder, Mark loves welcoming visitors into the home he lives in with two friendly cats to share local flavor, music and culture. Watch how the pancakes are made from scratch using traditional ingredients and a variety of toppings and fillings. Be sure to try Mark’s house specialty, sweet pancakes made with local honey from his family’s honeybees. The night’s menu can be customized to suit any dietary requests or restrictions. After enjoying your fill from the mountain of pancakes, along with your choice of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, play an after-dinner game of shuffleboard, a typical Dutch diversion. Before saying farewell for the night, Mark is happy to share local tips on the best places to dine and explore during your time in Amsterdam. To find out more click here
Prices may vary with exchange rates
14. Amsterdam Pedal Boat Rental – Fromm £11
Explore Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals at your own pace with a 90-minute pedal boat rental. Explore the labyrinth of waterways at your leisure, stopping to snap photos of picturesque bridges and sights like the Anne Frank House.
1.5-hour pedal boat rental in Amsterdam Pedal around the picturesque canals of central Amsterdam Experience a fun and novel way to sightsee Admire the canalside architecture and bridges of Amsterdam See top attractions from the water including Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum Upgrade to include admission to the House of Bols Cocktail and Genever Experience or the Heineken Experience Read more about the pedal boats here. Price may vary with exchange rates
15. 9 Streets – Free
The most trendy shopping area of Amsterdam is located within nine little streets of the Old Town, called The Nine Small Streets or The Nine Little Streets (Dutch: De 9 Straatjes). The 9 Small Streets are actually three streets crossing two canals: Herengracht a Keizersgracht, which makes up for nine small streets. They are surrounded by Prinsengracht canal from the west and Singel canal from the east. Full of small fashion shops, nice restaurants, coffee bars, bookshops, interior decoration stores and hairdressers, The Nine Small Streets is the area where locals go to shop, get beautiful, eat and drink. Read more about the nine streets here