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Amsterdam For Free

Amsterdam For Free

Discovering Amsterdam's rich history and culture doesn't require being rich. From gratis gazing at Golden Age paintings to classical concerts that don't cost a thing, consider these unique ways to fill your time without emptying your pockets.

 

Just inside the arched gateway to the Amsterdam Museum at Kalverstraat 92 lies a hidden passageway filled with 15 enormous 17th-century paintings; entrance is free to the public during museum hours. Known as the Schuttersgalerij (Civic Guards' Gallery), the collection features massive and meticulously realistic portraits of wealthy citizens from the Dutch Golden Age, the same class of subjects Rembrandt depicted in the most famous of Civic Guard paintings, "Nightwatch".

 

Exit the opposite end of the glass-topped gallery to find the entrance to another free step back in time: the Begijnhof. Built in the 14th century for a group of devout women called beguines, the peaceful courtyard is still home to a community of female residents today. Inside you'll find lovely gardens, two chapels, the oldest house in Amsterdam and a feeling that you're far from the bustling city-centre surroundings.

 

Amsterdam has a diamond-industry heritage dating to the 16th century. The professionals who polish these brilliant gems - such as Gassan Diamonds and Coster Diamonds - offer visitors the chance to watch the process on free guided tours of their facilities.

 

Animal-lovers, take the time to find one of the last and most beautiful city horse-riding schools in Europe, the 19th-century Hollandsche Manege (Dutch Riding School). On a residential street adjacent to the Vondelpark (Vondelstraat 140) you're welcome to sit in the original orchestra balcony to watch as riders practice handling these magnificent animals.

 

 
 

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