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Whether you’re planning on taking a bike ride, touring the canals by boat, or spending the day museum hopping, our cheapo experts have some tips for you. Check out the posts below for easy ways to save on sightseeing in Amsterdam.

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Weekend in Amsterdam: The perfect first trip for budget travelers

Weekend in Amsterdam: The perfect first trip for budget travelers

Imagine that it’s your first time in Amsterdam. Like most travelers on a trip around Europe, you’ve only penciled in a short weekend to explore the Dutch capital. While this might not be our recommended way to see the city, it is doable… or at least we can pack the weekend with enough activities to » Read more

Amsterdam: Top 5 parks offering an escape to nature

Amsterdam: Top 5 parks offering an escape to nature

Although a very densely-populated capital, Amsterdam is a very “parky” place. In the summertime locals flock to the city’s many green spaces to hang in the sun, picnic, and dabble in recreational games. All very Cheapo-friendly ways to spend the day, as none of them cost a euro-cent. Here are my five picks for city » Read more

Amsterdam: How to avoid crowds at the city’s most popular attractions

Amsterdam: How to avoid crowds at the city’s most popular attractions

The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Almost 17 million people live in an area about the size of the Maryland, and Amsterdam has a constant “pile up” atmosphere. Mass crowds and long lines are regular features of the most touristy spots, so here are some tips to avoid » Read more

Amsterdam in 2013: Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh reopen, canals turn 400, and more.

Amsterdam in 2013: Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh reopen, canals turn 400, and more.

The city of Amsterdam is abuzz with the planning of celebrations for 2013, as the year is studded with anniversaries marking great milestones in Dutch culture. From the reopening of the city’s top museums, to celebrations marking the founding of concert halls (and even canal systems), the year promises to attract visitors for a wide » Read more

Amsterdam: 10 ways to celebrate the holidays

Amsterdam: 10 ways to celebrate the holidays

Compared to the shop-til-you-drop chaos that surrounds North American come Christmas, Amsterdam’s holiday habits are easygoing, painless, and mellow. But while the Dutch stay modest with the wrapping paper, they still indulge in outdoor illuminating settings and sounds. Here are 10 ways to get into Holland’s holiday spirit, EuroCheapo-style: 1. Ice skating Through January 13, » Read more

Keukenhof: A sweet-smelling daytrip from Amsterdam

Keukenhof: A sweet-smelling daytrip from Amsterdam

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— If you want to know the true meaning of “flower power,” head to the Netherlands for tulip season. Over 900 million Dutch flowers are destined for the United States each year, and Holland is easily the world’s largest exporter of tulips. And although “Tulipmania” (yes, that’s a real term) ended » Read more

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— Amsterdam isn’t the cheapest destination in Europe, but there are ways to get around the tourist prices. In fact, it’s easy to find freebies left and right in the city. Here’s a checklist of 20 great ideas for a free day in Amsterdam: 1. Start with a free map Free » Read more

Amsterdam’s Museum Pass Options: Which is a better deal?

Amsterdam’s Museum Pass Options: Which is a better deal?

By Audrey Sykes in Amsterdam— The Netherlands has over 400 museums – a hefty load of culture to pack into one tiny country. Locals know that museum passes are the way to go in Amsterdam, but the city offers two competing passes. Which is the best buy for you? It depends upon your length of » Read more

Amsterdam Bike Tours: 5 tours with fun themes

Amsterdam Bike Tours: 5 tours with fun themes

The preferred way to travel in Amsterdam is undoubtedly by bicycle, and bike tour possibilities abound. Know your options, however, before settling for just any old group cycle through the city. From beach cruises to picnic pedaling, here are my “top five” alternative bike tours that are offered in and around Amsterdam. Culinary bike tour » Read more

Amsterdam: Two beachside locales for end-of-summer fun

Amsterdam: Two beachside locales for end-of-summer fun

As summer rolls away in Amsterdam and fall brings in cooler temps, locals still flock to the beaches for one last hurrah. Luckily, the fun cafés, clubs and bars along the beaches of Zandvoort and IJburg throw grand finale parties until the last week of September. Getting to a beach in Holland is a breeze, » Read more

Amsterdam Favorite Place: The Skinny Bridge

Amsterdam Favorite Place: The Skinny Bridge

In my opinion, the Magere Brug (the “Skinny Bridge” in English) is the best bridge in Amsterdam because of its beauty (by day and by night) and its ideal location on the Amstel River. It’s my favorite place to sit and dangle my feet in the sunlight. A trace from the Golden Age The Skinny » Read more

Favorite Museum in Amsterdam: Foam Photography Museum

Favorite Museum in Amsterdam: Foam Photography Museum

There are over 400 museums in the tiny Netherlands, but, for me, one stands out for its value and quality: Amsterdam’s Foam Photography Museum. Foam holds a roster of spectacular collections by world-famous photographers past and present, though its discreet Keizersgracht location keeps the place relatively peaceful. Its interior is modern and inventive, and the gallery size » Read more

Amsterdam: Outdoor fun (and fitness) in Amsterdam

Amsterdam: Outdoor fun (and fitness) in Amsterdam

While some folks relax by taking a leisurely stroll in the park, others unwind by sweating it out in the gym or going for a soothing swim in the pool. Accordingly, there are plenty of options for staying active when visiting Amsterdam. From golf to swimming, here are some ideas for recreation in the city. » Read more

Amsterdam: 3 lesser-known, Cheapo-friendly museums

Amsterdam: 3 lesser-known, Cheapo-friendly museums

With its vast number of museums, it is no wonder that Amsterdam is the cultural hub of the Netherlands. It is, of course, the quaint, lesser-known attractions that add color to this image. The smaller museums in Amsterdam are interesting in their own right, and they also come with a smaller price tag than the » Read more

Amsterdam: Shopping for books, movies, music, and clothes

Amsterdam: Shopping for books, movies, music, and clothes

For a lot of us, the appeal of Amsterdam lies in its diversity—be it food, culture, or the shopping experience. Tucked away from all major shopping spots, you are likely to find smaller, Dutch-specific stores that offer an interesting gift-hunting experience. Try these shops for a unique souvenir from the Netherlands: For Books: De Slegte » Read more

Amsterdam: Three comedy clubs for a Cheapo night out

Amsterdam: Three comedy clubs for a Cheapo night out

You’ve been to all the famous Amsterdam attractions—the zoo, the Van Gogh Museum, and other popular spots. But what about Amsterdam’s beloved comedy club scene? Stand-up gigs, improvisation shows, and all other forms of comedic performance are immensely popular in this city. As it is, you will come across a number of Amsterdam shows by » Read more

Amsterdam: Making the most of a trip to Artis Zoo

Amsterdam: Making the most of a trip to Artis Zoo

If you are putting together a list must-see sites of Amsterdam, the Artis Royal Zoo will definitely be on that list. And why not? An expansive ground featuring beautiful architecture and housing more than 700 weird and wonderful creatures will be fun viewing on any trip. However, Artis Zoo, with its €18 admission fee, can » Read more

Amsterdam: Canal cruise options

Amsterdam: Canal cruise options

You’ve walked through the charming little streets of Amsterdam, but have you explored the city’s charming waterways? Sure you can (and will!) walk them, but cruising down the canals on a boat is a fun and exciting way to soak up a bit of the Dutch culture. After all, canal cruising was the preferred means of travel for » Read more

Amsterdam: Celebrate “Open Heritage Day” on Sept 12-13 with free events

Amsterdam: Celebrate “Open Heritage Day” on Sept 12-13 with free events

Every September, Amsterdam celebrates its cultural heritage with gusto. Usually set on the second weekend of the month, Open Heritage Day is a two-day event offering various attractions and a glimpse of Dutch heritage for free! This year’s celebration, set for September 12-13, 2009, will open about 4,000 attractions all over the Netherlands. Here are some highlights from » Read more

Amsterdam Tip: Take a more budget-friendly canal cruise.

Amsterdam Tip: Take a more budget-friendly canal cruise.

Boat rides in Amsterdam are a must for anyone looking to experience an authentic view from the city’s romantic waterways and cozy canals. If the typical €15-euro option offered by mainstream tourism companies is off-putting, here are some low-budget alternatives offering a more personal, intimate, and customized touch. Happy cruising. Self-operated boat tours If you » Read more

Amsterdam Tip: Where to find sun, sand and summer fun

Amsterdam Tip: Where to find sun, sand and summer fun

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beach. In Amsterdam, a city of canals and coffee houses, a sandy oasis can sometimes seem far away. But, with a little insider knowledge (read on, dear Cheapo!), it won’t be hard to imagine working on your tan while sipping on a beachy cocktail. Or, taking in » Read more

Amsterdam Tip: Free festivals and summer events

Amsterdam Tip: Free festivals and summer events

Be it summer or winter, Amsterdam celebrates life with a passion. And it’s no secret that the locals crave those sunny spells of July and August, considered some of their favorite times of the year. And for travelers on a budget, the offerings aren’t so bad either. These balmy days offer free citywide music events, » Read more

Amsterdam: Five Free Museums

Amsterdam: Five Free Museums

Amsterdam is bursting with arts and entertainment, and The Netherlands itself boasts over 400 museums to marvel at. Although viewing the work of Van Gogh and Rembrandt can often be pricey, there are still ways to satisfy a museum craving free of charge. Here are five hotspots that offer a complimentary dose of Amsterdam culture. » Read more

Amsterdam: New Hermitage Museum opens in Amsterdam

Amsterdam: New Hermitage Museum opens in Amsterdam

On June 19, 2009, the newly renovated Hermitage Amsterdam opened its doors to reveal the best of Russian culture. Located on the Amstel River, this museum is a grand venue. The Hermitage Amsterdam’s building, known as the Amstelhof, dates back to 1682, when it served as a retirement home for elderly women. Now it houses » Read more

Amsterdam: Free live music on weeknights

Amsterdam: Free live music on weeknights

Looking to groove to some live music in Amsterdam on a weekday? The city’s got you covered with bands performing nightly across town. And there’s no need to dish out funds from your “miscellaneous” pile: Here are some hot music venues that are free (or nearly)! Sunday: Mulligan’s Irish Bar Amstel 100 Website: www.mulligans.nl Cost: » Read more

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