Free sightseeing in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a lively and popular capital city in the Netherlands that boasts a wide choice of free sightseeing attractions.
A brewery/distillery tour
The ‘tLJ Brewery tour may not be as famous as the Heineken attraction but the beer tastes better and it is free. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday you can have a free tour in English at 3.30pm. Located in the east of the city, Brewery tLJ has a tasting room and an outside terrace.
If you fancy a ‘tipple or two’ while schmoozing around Amsterdam’s hip Old Town, tour thee old Jenever distillery which still produces its own liqueurs. Every Saturday there is an open tasting from 3pm.
Catch a ferry to NDSM
Another free sightseeing attraction in Amsterdam includes a ferry crossing. Behind the Central Station you can take a ferry across the lJ for free to Amsterdam Noord. Stay on the ferry to the old NDSM Shipwharf where a vibrant underground culture has evolved.
The Rijksmuseum Gardens
If you want to walk around the Rijksmuseum gardens without actually entering the museum, it is free to do so. The stunning, historical garden features a 14,500m2 outdoor gallery. Pick up a free guide with background information about the statures and other features or play the giant open air chess game.
Classical Lunchtime concerts
Free sightseeing attractions in Amsterdam include a visit to the Muziektheater/Stopera at Amsterdam Waterloo Square where every Tuesday from 12.30 to 1pm free concerts take place. The Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra or the Choir of the Dutch Opera will entertain you for 30 minutes each day from September to May.
Vondelpark Festival in summer
In summer visit the Vondelpark Festival. Each weekend the open air theatre at Vondelpark has a great programme for adults and children, including music, dance, comedy and theatrical performances.
A Diamond Tour
Visit Gassan Diamonds and watch diamond cutters turning rough diamonds into polished stones. The company is located in a former steam-driven diamond factory. Guided tours at the Amsterdam diamond company are free near Waterlooplein.
Visit Courtyard Begijnhof
This special place is one of Amsterdam’s hidden gems and offers a haven of peace and tranquillity, right in the heart of the city. Begijnhof is home to several historic buildings and the English Reformed Church. Many years ago religious women lived here to serve God and to help the weak and elderly. Unlike nuns, the women could leave to marry if they chose to. Just left of the entrance is the oldest wooden house in Amsterdam.
The City Archives
The City Archives of Amsterdam, including those of the council, local churches, hospitals and companies are kept in the beautiful building on Vijzelstraat (near Rembrandtplein).
Over 250.000 photos and drawings of Amsterdam are found on the Beeldbank Amsterdam. Explore the impressive treasury, watch old historic movies about Amsterdam and its famous inhabitants such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Anne Frank and Johan Cruyff.
Make the most of your visit to the capital of the Netherlands with free sightseeing attractions in Amsterdam.