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Free (Or Nearly Free) Things Families Can Do in Amsterdam

Discussion in 'Vacation Travel Information' started by MULTIZ321, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. MULTIZ321

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    Free (Or Nearly Free) Things Families Can Do in Amsterdam
    By Lisa Halvorsen/ Guide/ The Points Guy/ thepointsguy.com

    "A family trip to Amsterdam, a city known for its picturesque canals, cobblestone streets and distinctive architecture, doesn’t have to break the budget. Although it may not be the cheapest European city to visit, it does have dozens of cool kid-friendly things to do, many of which don’t have to cost a cent. Just be sure to avoid these mistakes every tourist makes in Amsterdam.

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    The first thing you may notice when you arrive is that everyone is riding bicycles — or at least it seems that way. It’s estimated that there are 1 million bicycles in a city of 850,000 residents. Some hotels, such as the points-friendly Kimpton De Witt, have bikes to lend to guests for free (or nearly free), so ask when you check in.

    The relatively flat landscape, separate lanes for bikes and designated bike parking spots make it an easy, safe and economical way to explore the city. Many of the 30 parks have bike paths, which is a great way to enjoy the city’s green spaces.

    Tip: Make sure you have a strong lock for your bike, and lock it securely when not in use. Although Amsterdam is a very safe city to visit, hundreds of bicycles do get stolen each year, so err on the side of caution if you borrow or rent a bike....."


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    Bicycles abound in Amsterdam. (Photo by George Pachantouris / Getty Images)


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    Some good suggestions, particularly the Vondelpark. Lovely park right in the centre of the city. Have spent many hours there over the years. Also the recommendation to try an Indonesian rijstaffel is bang-on. :clap::clap: Delicious and relatively inexpensive.

    With respect to the 12 rules, virtually every tourist seems to break rule #2, until they learn to become aware, if only because there are so many bikes and bike paths. On my first visit to the city I was not paying close attention and wandered onto one of the marked bike paths running along one of the canals. Suddenly there were several bike bells being rung. Fortunately I was young and got out of the way quickly. I learned that day, and have observed many times since, that cyclists in Amsterdam seldom take prisoners! :D
     
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    We were in a beautiful little town not far from Amsterdam (Leiden I think) and my younger daughter was the first to notice that there were no stop signs.
     

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