Amsterdam is the 17th century capital of Holland as well as the most populous city in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is considered as an expensive tour destination but need not be. It is a beautiful city with culture, history, art museums, historic buildings, and a nightlife that is worth experiencing at least once. A few of the iconic tourist destinations are the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum and Madame Tussauds. So, let us find out how to visit Amsterdam on a budget.
Travel, Stay and Commuting
The cheapest month to fly is June. Rail travel (Eurostar) is a comparatively expensive option. Therefore, if you are traveling to Amsterdam on a budget the train may not be your first choice. Touring on a budget can be satisfactorily done in 3 nights and 4 days, again it can vary for people. The cheapest option to travel from the airport to the city center is again by rail. Hostels will be the apt choice to stay when on budget travel, because you will also get to meet new people and have a great time. Either you can commute the city by walking or rent bicycles, as they are part of the local lifestyle.
Eating and Drinking
Leidseplein area has many cheap bars and restaurants where you can eat and drink. Wine and beer are priced fairly cheap and reasonable. If you want to save money, drink in your room. Alcohol is readily available at discount stores like Lidel.
Touring Amsterdam on a Budget
As you are visiting the city on a budget, you will have to skip a few locations dependant on your budget. There are many Amsterdam private tours available. Some of the key places and activities that you cannot miss out are the following.
Van Gogh Museum: This museum has the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings along with his contemporaries. It is located in the museum square. “Meet Vincent Van Gogh Experience” is an immersive experience at the museum that you should not miss out on.
Anne Frank House: It is a biographical museum dedicated to Anne Frank, author of “The Diary of a Young Girl. “The Secret Annexe” is the most visited exhibit there. It is a dark and airless space where the Franks and others hid in silence during daytime from the Nazis before they were arrested and deported.
Canal Tour: Amsterdam is known as “Venice of the North” for the huge number of canals that were built to develop trade and transportation. A canal tour is the easiest and wonderful way to explore the city, especially for first-time tourists. Couples can try Amsterdam private canal boat tours.
Bars and Clubs: When you are visiting Amsterdam, you should never miss experiencing the brilliant nightlife of the many bars and clubs.