Value for money is almost always an important consideration for holidaymakers, and those thinking about a visit to Amsterdam needn’t worry about breaking the bank. There are lots of affordable Dutch treats and attractions on offer, as well as a surprising number of cheap flights to Amsterdam. In fact, as is often the case, many of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions can be enjoyed for free. Here’s a short introduction to the activities and excursions you might want to consider:
Catch a free lunchtime performance
See world-class orchestras practising for their evening show at the steel and glass Muziekgebouw concert hall, located to the east of Amsterdam Centraal station. The rehearsals are free to watch and take place at 12.30pm on Wednesdays from September to May. Alternatively, sit down to free music or dance at the intimate Boekmanzaal, part of the sophisticated Stopera complex on Waterlooplein square. The shows – performed by ensembles like the Choir of the Netherlands Opera or the Netherlands Ballet – take place on Tuesdays at 12.30pm from October to June. These concerts alone make it well worth paying for cheap flights to Amsterdam.
Admire innovative architecture
Strolling around the city’s narrow streets affords numerous opportunities to enjoy both its innovative and historic architecture, with famous buildings such as the striking Amsterdam Centre for Architecture (ARCAM). Rene van Zuuk’s avant-garde aluminium masterpiece is a little off the beaten track, but it’s still a worthwhile trip, especially since entrance is free and it’s possible to find out lots more about the city’s rich architectural heritage. Delve into the encyclopaedic collection of architecture books or catch a temporary exhibition on Dutch and international building design.
Fill up on Dutch cuisine for under €10
Buzzing with the noise of polyglossic conversations, the popular restaurant De Keuken van 1870 serves up traditional Dutch fare in cosy surroundings. But the main selling point for this place is its unbeatable value for money: diners can tuck in to a three-course menu for as little as €9.50. The restaurant’s stamppot, a heady and warming blend of tasty morsels of smoked sausage and pork served throughout the winter is a real favourite with locals and tourists alike.
Explore narrow waterways with a local guide
On a St. Nikolaas Boat Club cruise, tiny 10-seater boats wind their way through the city’s narrowest canals. Passengers are encouraged to bring tipples on board, which makes for a fun and laughter-filled tour topped off by humorous local anecdotes from your boat’s captain. Tours are free, although the Boat Club does ask for a €10 donation at the end. Routes and departure points vary, so check the website for full details.
So, consider the Dutch capital for your next city break and get ready to take advantage of affordable activities and cheap flights to Amsterdam.