Thursday, June 25, 2015

Budget-Friendly Amsterdam Attractions for Families

The city of Amsterdam is rich in history, museums, and interesting architecture. However, when traveling overseas, expense is often a concern. In addition to taking measures to save money on hotels in amsterdam, travelers who are on a tight budget should also seek out free and inexpensive attractions. Fortunately, the city has many sites that fall under both categories.

Albert Cuyp Market

Known as one of the busiest and most famous markets in Europe, Albert Cuyp Market attracts thousands of visitors daily. With more than 300 stalls, visitors may shop for fresh produce, clothing, and everyday items at some of the cheapest prices in the city. 

Museum of the Canals

The 17th century canals are located in the city center and are featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The museum is considered to be the gateway to the canals. Families may stroll along the canal street free of charge, or they may opt to visit the museum. When purchased online, ticket prices from 10 Euros for adults to five Euros for children age six and older. Children under age six are admitted free of charge. 

Botanical Garden

The University of Vrije owns a botanical garden that houses more than 6,000 species of plants. Many of the plants are endangered varieties that have been seized by customs. In addition to being a calm place where visitors can walk around and observe the plant varieties, the garden also hosts workshops and concerts. 

Explore Noord

Visitors can take a free ferry across Amsterdam's major waterway into the neighborhood of Noord. Similar to Berlin, the area has emerged as a contemporary hub for an eclectic arts scene. Families can take in unusual sights like the old submarine that rests in the harbor and rusted trams that can be found on the streets. Ferries to Noord depart from behind Centraal Station. 

There are plenty of opportunity to take in the overall tranquil atmosphere of the Netherlands' most famous city without breaking the bank. From gardens to vestiges from the past, which can be found in the most unexpected places, travelers will have no shortage of inexpensive sites to visit. 

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