You are in Amsterdam and dont have money enough to visit places although you would like to do so, then this tip is your opportunity, to be acquainted with some Free Things to Do in Amsterdam.
At the end of the 19th century fragments of buildings from all over Holland were brought together. The result is a collection of five centuries of Dutch architecture.
Entrance to the garden is free from Tuesday-Saturday between 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM and Sundays and holidays between 1.00-5.00 PM
On Tuesday at 12.15 the doors open at the Boekmanzaal (a part of the Amsterdam Stadhuis/Muziektheater) for a concert from 12.30 - 13.00.
The programme consists of chamber music, which is performed by some of members of the permanent ensembles in the Muziektheater.
Ferry over the River IJ: a free boat trip
Between the city centre of Amsterdam and North Amsterdam it is possible to cross the IJ 24 hours a day by ferry on a free trip. Admittedly such a straightforward crossing is hardly adventurous but from the ferry you do get a wonderful view of the expanse of water, the shipping and the banks. Ferry landing stages behind Central Station.
The Magere Brug
The so-called Magere Brug between Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht is probably the most famous bridge in Amsterdam. This picturesque white-painted drawbridge has spanned the River Amstel since 1672.
According to some Amsterdammers the bridge is named after two sisters of the Mager family, who lived on opposite sides of the Amstel. They had this bridge built in order to make it easier to visit each other.
The bridge is illuminated every evening and an evening cruise under the bridge is a good alternative to a lot of the usual activity that takes places in Amsterdam.
Bridge of 15 bridges
In Amsterdam’s canal belt there is one bridge that gives a view of no less than 15 bridges! This unusual spectacle is offered by the bridge at the crossing of the Reguliersgracht with the Herengracht, on the odd-numbered side. If you stand on this bridge with your back to the Thorbeckeplein, you will see six arched bridges in a row. On the left side you will find six more over the Herengracht, one after another, and on the right you will see the next two. If you are good at math you can arrive at the disappointing total of only 14 bridges. The 15th is the bridge you are standing on.
The Prinsengracht (Prince's Canal) is the fourth and the longest of the main canals in Amsterdam. Most of the canal houses along it were built during the Dutch Golden Age of the United Provinces. The bridges over this canal don't connect with the streets in the Jordaan.
Interesting sights along the Prinsengracht include the Noorderkerk (Northern Church), the Noordermarkt (Northern Market), the Anne Frank House, the Westerkerk (Western Church, Amsterdam's tallest church) with the Homomonument (Gay Monument).
Amsterdam is famous for its canals, and not just canals, very beautiful canal. Boat trips on th ecanals are also very popular there. While touring around I came across some very beautiful canals like the Prinsengracht, Keisersgracht, Herengracht and Singel, all of which flow one after another parallelly. The anne Frank House is situated by the side of the Prinsengracht and so if you start from there you come across them one after another. There are also beautiful bridges on the canals.
Every last mooring point within Amsterdam has been occupied. A walk along any of the city's numerous canals shows boats of all shapes and sizes tied in, stem to stern, one to another.
I visited the Houseboat Museum that is moored just beyond the bridge in this photo of the Prinsengracht. I imagine living aboard a houseboat in Amsterdam could be quite exciting and romantic, but as I am a tall guy, I'd probably be safer living under higher ceilings.
You can find many tourits attractions at the Prinsengracht, including the Anne Frank huis and the Westerkerk. But there are also some impressive houses quite nearby. On the side with the even numbers, you will find a large variety of old warehouses while the really outstanding ones are on the side with the odd numbers. They include for exaple these refurbished building (Nr. 187 - 195) and seven warehouses (Nr. 681 - 693) constructed around 1715, each named after one of the seven provices which formed the Republic of united Netherlands.
Wonderful architectural details can be found nearly everywhere in Amsterdam. Here, along Prinsengracht, a local home sports a clever bronze doorknocker. When visiting, try to set aside some time to wander the streets and alleyways, and cast your sight in all directions. You will be richly rewarded.
My favorite canal bordering and through the Jordaan.
Again, the weather was perfect the whole time I was there this last September, so every time I crossed a bridge, there was a foto op.
This is the exact spot I locked my bike every late afternoon after a day of riding around the city and parks.
I missed the canals the most when I'm away from Amsterdam. Nothing reminds me more of Amsterdam than the picturesque houseboats along the canals. It's especially beautiful at night when some of the bridges are lighted up. The most identifiable scene of Amsterdam for me is the view of the Westertoren from the bridge along Prinsengracht. Between the canals are little streets with the more famous "9 straatjes" or "9 streets" where you'll find lots of interesting shops and restaurants.
Amsterdam is so peaceful when you walk or bike the canals, day or night. I always would have to stop on the bridges and look both ways to take in the beauty of it all.
An overused and sometimes-nauseating term these days is the yuppyish "feng shui," but if any city has it, it is Amsterdam.
Took this low-res digital shot looking north up Prinsengracht when light was approaching dusk.
Not much to say here, but this is a typical canal in Central Amsterdam, think I took this in either Singel or Prinsengracht? Maybe if you recognise it, you can tell me.
One of the larger canals that ring the centre of Amsterdam along with Herengracht, Singel and Prinsengracht.