What to Do for Free in Amsterdam

This post will include a variety of free things to do in Amsterdam, including a Top 10 list. We also cover free things to do at night as well as free, family-friendly activities. 




In the following section, we will provide a list of the ten most popular things you can do for free in Amsterdam. Whenever possible, we will make a note whenever any of these activities are either family-friendly or take place at night.

If you’re looking to save some money on popular attractions in the area, make sure to read our post comparing each Amsterdam tourist pass. (more…)

Best Travel Deals for Black Friday 2018

This post will help you navigate through the myriad of discounts, specials and Black Friday deals for 2018 so you can continue to explore!Name Your Own Price Walking Tours

Keep in mind that our name your own price walking tours are always budget friendly in any of our cities and we have special blog posts to cover visiting on a budget or how to enter certain attractions for free with a tourist discount pass!

In addition to great savings on Black Friday, we’ll offer some Small Business Saturday savings to support local vendors we love, and keep an eye out through until next week for what some people are calling Travel Deal Tuesdays!


Things to Do in Amsterdam in December

This post covers the best things to do in Amsterdam in December, updated for 2018, including a top 10 list, free things to do, nighttime activities, and family-friendly events.


This section will feature our top 10 activities to enjoy in Amsterdam throughout December. Whenever possible, we will make note of attractions and events that are free, family-friendly or great after dark.

For tips on the most popular activities in Amsterdam, check out our posts on walking tours, bus tours, and canal cruises. You might even try a bike tour!

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass. 


Red Light District Tours

This post compares a few of the top tours available for the Red Light District, including a free, self-guided option, as well as things that you will see along the way. 





Amsterdam Walking Tours

This post details and compares the various walking tours available to you in Amsterdam, including our pay-what-you-wish city intro tour.

  • City Introduction Tours
  • Red Light District Tours



Walk beautiful canals and medieval alleys to unravel 900 years of trade, water, and canal houses, learning about the 17th century Golden Age, French invasions and World War II – including millions of bikes, crooked canal houses, and controversial liberal policies.

This walk is an introduction to Amsterdam’s history, culture, and lifestyle, from its humble roots as a poor fishermen’s village until becoming a beacon of tolerance and one of the world’s most fascinating cities.

This tour covers the old town, the Red Light District and the Jewish Quarter, and includes fun facts and many recommendations of where to go next. 

Sights covered on this tour:

  • Old Harbour
  • Central station
  • Renaissance wooden house
  • Sea Dyke
  • Little Venice
  • Secret church “Our Lord in the attic”
  • Chinatown
  • Red Light District
  • Local brewery
  • Nieuwmarket square / old city gate
  • Former Jewish Quarter
  • Emperor’s Bridge
  • Tree of Life
Tour information

Reservations: Recommended. Click here to reserve.

Where: Damrak 28, across the street of the “Intertoys” shop. Our guide will be next to the water, holding a blue umbrella. (map).

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays @11:00 am. View our full Calendar.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done.

A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

Save more money with a tourist discount pass.

Which Amsterdam Tourist Pass or Card is Best?

This post compares all of the Amsterdam discount tourist cards available. We include an analysis of reviews, prices, what is included in each card/pass and the pros and cons of each pass. The passes included in this post have exclusive savings and easy access to many of the most popular destinations in Amsterdam.


Before You Buy

There are a variety of different passes to choose from, so it will be important to pick a tourist pass that best fits your plans while in Amsterdam. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what each type of attraction pass has to offer.

An All-Inclusive Pass will typically provide admission to a lot of different locations for free, as well as several tours and transportation around the city. Although this is a quick and easy way to ensure you can visit all of the places on your itinerary, it is also usually the most expensive option.

If you’re looking for a good alternative, there is also Build Your Own Pass option. These passes will allow you to pick a specific number of attractions to see for one low price. If you don’t feel like paying for a bunch of activities that you might not have time for, this is a great way to select only the places you want to experience. (more…)

Hop-on, Hop-off Amsterdam

This post lists some of the hop-on-hop-off canal boat and bus tours available in Amsterdam and includes prices, schedules, and analysis of reviews.




Hop-on-hop-off tours – whether bus or boat – are a great way to see the most number of sights in a short amount of time. All boat and bus tour routes stop at many major attractions you are likely to want to visit.  

They are convenient because you do not have to fuss with buying transport tickets as you move from destination to destination.  Whether on a boat tour, bus tour or a combo tour,  you have the flexibility and freedom to hop on and off as often as you like and at any of the stops along the route.

If you prefer to enjoy the scenery, there is no need to hop off! Just sit back and relax! 

Additionally, some hop-on-hop-off tours combine boat and bus tours. You can also find boat tours that are bundled with attractions like the Heineken Experience or the Rijksmuseum. There is also a hop-on-hop-off boat tours packaged with an Amsterdam transportation pass.  The packages are a great way to save money and simplify your travel around the city.

TIP: For extra savings on tours and attractions, you might want to consider purchasing one of the excellent tourist discount cards available. To find all details on the cards offered and an analysis of which card is best for you, check out our post on  Amsterdam Tourist Passes and Cards.

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Stromma NL Boat Tours

Stromma hop-on-hop-off boat tours sell one-day tickets, consecutive 24-hours tickets, and consecutive 48-hours tickets. Whichever you choose, you get the same services including an audio guide available in six languages (English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Italian).



Best Amsterdam Bike Tours

This is a comparison of the various bike tour companies available in Amsterdam. The Netherlands is an excellent country to cycle in thanks well marked bike paths and very few hills! Thus, unsurprisingly, there are many different companies offering bike tours of Amsterdam and the surrounding countryside. We’ve broken down all of the different types of tours by category and then compared them by quality and price, so that you can find what’s right for you!

Bike Rentals

Deals and Discounts

Know Before You Go

Guided City Bike Tours

Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tours


  • Be sure to inquire about a helmet as some companies will not automatically supply you with one. 
  • Don’t worry if you’re not used to biking in a city. Your guide will help familiarize you with the rules of the road, so you’ll be left feeling comfortable and confident in no time! However, if you’re worried about city riding, consider taking a bike tour on a day-trip outside of Amsterdam.
  • Remember that Amsterdam is a FULL of cyclists, so make sure you yield to locals who are using their bike to commute to work.
  • Thankfully, the large number of cyclists means that there are also a lot of clearly marked bike lanes. Stay within these lanes and follow basic traffic safety laws to avoid an unnecessary collision.


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