Slogging through the narrow streets of the city centre on a hop-on hop-off bus - how uncool. Everything visitors want to see and know about Amsterdam is offered on a New Amsterdam Free Tour. During the three-hour walk across the city, friendly guides give them an insight into the city's history, funny anecdotes and helpful tips. The tour is free and takes place several times a day, but a tip is appreciated. The same organiser also offers tours through the red light district or by bike into the surrounding countryside. The City Trips start at the National Monument on the Dam. Registration via internet.
Beer lovers should definitely visit a brewery in Amsterdam! It doesn't always have to be Heineken (the guided tour costs 16 euros). An alternative is the Bierfabriek Amsterdam. The tour starts every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3.30 pm. Cost: 5 euros. In return, you can try the freshly brewed beers in the tasting room. The nucleus of the beer factory is just a few steps away in Brouwerij 't IJ, probably the smallest brewery in Amsterdam.
If you're in the mood for music, you can immerse yourself in Amsterdam's extensive music scene. There is a wide range of live events, especially during the week. Listen to folk from the Emerald Isle at Mulligan's Irish Bar or let yourself be carried away by the sounds of jazz at Café Alto. Rock fans are also well entertained in Amsterdam, for example at Maloe Melo, where there are regular concerts (some free of charge).
Friends of classical music also get their money's worth in Amsterdam free of charge. During the season, so-called lunch concerts take place weekly in the famous Concertgebouw concert hall. Every Wednesday at 12:30 pm, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra opens its doors to all visitors and offers them a free listening session.
In a narrow passage between the Begijnhof and the Historical Museum is the Schuttersgalerij (Rifle Gallery). In this freely accessible glass-covered passage hang large-format paintings of Amsterdam marksmen's guilds from the 17th century, including a portrait by the Dutch painter Rembrandt. The small but impressive exhibition gives a good impression of how wealthy Amsterdammers lived in earlier centuries. Good to know: The Schuttersgalerij is part of the Amsterdam Museum, but the visit is free.
A special experience is a visit to the Hollandsche Manege. The famous Dutch riding school is located in the middle of the city and was opened in 1744. The current building, inspired by the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, was built in 1882. The Dutch Manege is freely accessible to visitors. Spectators can simply sit in the stands and watch the riding students train.
It's hard to miss the striking building of the Nemo Science Museum diagonally behind Amsterdam Central Station. Scientific topics are explained there in a playful way. But few people know that the roof of the 30-metre-high green building, which resembles a ship, is accessible free of charge during the day. In addition to a wonderful view of Amsterdam, the roof also offers picnic areas and water games during the summer months.
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