Netherlands, Amsterdam Guide (B): Amsterdam on a Budget

Amsterdam on a Budget
Where to start with Amsterdam? So entrenched are the attractions of Amsterdam in general knowledge the world over, every one of the more than 4.5 million people who visit the city each year have a clear idea on what they would like to do or see when they visit. It’s a city notorious for its liberal stance on drugs and sex, but also renowned for it’s canals, art museums and history. Amsterdam is the cultural centre for the Netherlands, was an essential port during the Dutch golden age, and has been one of the most important financial centres in the world for the best part of 300 years.

Amsterdam had been a bucket-list city for more than a decade before I visited and my expectations went up in smoke so to speak. What I imagined as a debauched playground for UK stag & hen’s nights was actually a far more refined, rich and beautiful city, with more to offer than just sex, drugs and paintings. Although my imagination wasn’t entirely wrong.

We spent four nights wandering the streets of Amsterdam in a literal and metaphorical haze, on a limited budget in a city where art museums cost €17.50 and you line up for over two hours to visit a house where a girl wrote a diary. Here’s how to experience Amsterdam no matter what your budget.

Canal life

Getting There

We arrived to Amsterdam from Porto, Portugal on a flight with Vueling, which took 2.5 hours and cost €51 each including a 20kg baggage allowance. Direct travel between these cities is only ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Sights Map

Guide Name: Amsterdam on a Budget
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Shelter City   Flying Pig Downtown   St Christopher’s at the Windsor   Vondelpark   Club Media   1e Hulp   Grey Area   New Times   Bluebird   Albert Cuyp market   Amsterdam Cheese Museum   Bakers and Roasters   Cannibale Royale   Café De Klos   De Laaiste Krumel   Happy Pig Pancake Shop   Brouwerij ‘t IJ   Odeipus Brewery   Proeflokaal Arendsnest   Civic Guards Gallery   NEMO Science Museum   Rijksmuseum   Anne Frank House   Van Gogh Museum   Heineken Brewery   De Oude Kerk  
Author: Kane Power
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