Visiting Amsterdam: On A Budget
Before visiting Amsterdam, you might be warned by many that the city is a very expensive one. While this may be true, the same can be said for many other cities throughout Europe – so don’t rule out Amsterdam solely because of the potential cost. Amsterdam is a unique and beautiful city, an old favourite that deserves to be on your must-visit list.
Follow these 5 tips to budget your way to your best Amsterdam trip.
Book accommodation just outside of the city center
… again, depending on your budget. I booked a lovely apartment through Airbnb in Amsterdam-Oost and it saved us a ton of money from the get-go. Amsterdam is a great city because, during warmer seasons, you can easily and comfortably bike anywhere (biking from your accommodation to the city center would be a great morning and evening ritual). During colder seasons, I suggest taking public transport. Their system is linear and very easy to follow. We took it to and from our place daily and within 20 minutes, we were at our apartment door.
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Spend time in local parks
Amsterdam has many beautiful and welcoming green spaces throughout the city – and of course, they are free. One of my favourite things about Amsterdam was taking refuge in the many parks, especially Oosterpark and Vondelpark. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the countryside – what with all the unique birds and ducks, old trees and bodies of water. Amsterdam is a culturally important European city but another great way to appreciate the city is to explore the many great public parks. You can even visit the gardens at the Rijksmuseum at no cost.
This one works alongside number 2. Instead of eating all your meals at restaurants (or stuck at “home”), I suggest making or taking some meals to go and eating them in the many parks throughout the city. Pack a reusable bag with ingredients for a simple lunch, pick up some traditional “frites” and there’s your great meal!
Museums can become pricey, which is why I suggest doing your research beforehand and deciding how many and which museums you’d like to visit. I found it important to visit the Anne Frank House – her story and her wisdom (especially at such a young age), inspire me. On that note, if we’re being honest, I decided against the Rijksmuseum – we arrived only an hour before closing and didn’t want to rush the visit. Again, this is why I remind you to plan ahead, know the opening and closing hours and the prices beforehand.
Explore different neighbourhoods
Jordaan is a unique neighbourhood in the city center with juice bars, vegan shops and cafés, vintage boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops. Amsterdam West is quiet and a peaceful part of the city that is also worth visiting. While in Amsterdam West, have breakfast at Koffie ende Koek (a vegan café and pastry shop) and explore Westerpark. Exploring neighbourhoods by foot and people watching are great (and free) ways to spend your days in Amsterdam.
Just like any city, Amsterdam can be fully explored and appreciated your way, within your budget.
Over to you – what are some of your tips for sticking to a budget in Amsterdam? What about elsewhere in Europe?