Fun and Free Things to Do in Amsterdam

Most people associate Amsterdam with sex, drugs and booze. In reality, that is not the case. Amsterdam is a beautiful and fun city filled with plenty of free stuff to explore. The city will even surprise you in ways you were not expecting. Besides the canals and the beautiful houses there is more to the liberal city than what it is normally hyped for; any reputable online travel blog can attest to that. The piece will take you through seven of the most fun and free things to do in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Street
Red Light District Amsterdam Apartments Street


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1 – Visit the Red Light District

The infamous district is located in the oldest part of the city. The Red Light District is intriguing during the day, but it is during the night that an individual can really enjoy the district. Local men together with the tourist flood the canals as they attempt to look for the ”ladies of the night”. Sounds like something you may wish to be part of? If so, make your way to Red Light District and you’ll not be disappointed. The district is also known to have quaint bars where one can go grab a drink while gazing at the revelers.

Amsterdam Free Walking Tour
Amsterdam Free Walking Tour

2 – Take a Free Walk Tour

Are you looking for an economical way of enjoying the city? Perhaps you may want to consider embarking on a free Amsterdam walking tour. The New Amsterdam Walking Tours are meant to help you understand the city. Through the tours, you can find ways to see the city sights in the most economical and fun way. The free walk tours normally last for about three hours to make sure that all the attractions are exhausted. Some of the places you can explore during the tour include: the Anne Frank House, the Royal Palace and the Red Light District.

Flower Market in Amsterdam by Chris via Flickr
Flower Market in Amsterdam by Chris via Flickr

3 – Take a Tour to the Markets

One thing that Amsterdam shares with other busy cities is that they all have a lot of markets. Each of these markets has its own unique character that differentiates them from each other. The markets are also full of free entertainment. Take the example of the Waterlooplein flea market. Here brace yourself for everything starting from antiques to vintage suits and plenty of boxes of old keys. If you are looking to go for something rather contemporary, you may opt to check out Modern Hippies. This is a recent addition that is famous as one of the best places to browse stalls hawking.

Amsterdam City Archives by Wikipedia
Stadsarchief Amsterdam / Amsterdam City Archives by Wikipedia

4 – The Amsterdam City Archive

In case you want to learn one or two things about the history of the city, the Amsterdam City Archives are an ideal place to visit. You can learn one or two things about the city through the unusual and quirky ”treasure” collection.

Blijburg Beach by Emko Bos via Flickr Creative Commons
Blijburg Beach by Emko Bos via Flickr Creative Commons

5 – Explore the Blijburg Beach

In as much as the city is not located anywhere close to as seaside, the locals have managed to create a beach which normally forms a top attraction. Located in the artificial island of Ijburg the lovely beach provides visitors with an opportunity of enjoying a sunny day at the beach. You can swim, sunbathe and even join the revelers at the beach parties.

EYE Film Museum via Wikipedia
EYE Film Institute Netherlands via Wikipedia

6 – Visit the EYE Film Museum

At the basement of the museum, visitors can enjoy cinema and movies at a free permanent exhibition. The Panorama room surrounds an individual well over 100 movie clips and scenes which are all projected onto the wall. There are also other temporary events taking place here are the EYE film museum, but these have to be paid for.

The open air theatre in the Vondelpark via Wikipedia
The open air theatre in the Vondelpark via Wikipedia

7 – Lounge About in Vondelpark

On a beautiful sunny day, you may opt to visit the Vondelpark and amaze yourself. Apparently, there is a law in place, allowing people who visit the Vondelpark to have sex in the park. During the summertime, the park also hosts an open air theater, which can form part of the entertainment.

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