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When you opt for a cheap travel to Europe, the city of Amsterdam should be your best choice. The city offers cheap relatively compared to most European cities but not sacrificing the quality of the trip. Or better yet, live in the Netherlands! About six years back, I had the lovely opportunity to live in Tiel, and commute to cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht. Of course, Amsterdam is know for the Red Light District, the Anne Frank House that is centrally located near the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. There are quite a bit of different restaurants along the river where you can catch a most ferries for free and hop over for a cycled adventure. And let’s not forget weed is legal and you can find a multitude of “Coffee Shops” and with great customer service to explain each strain and type in detail. It’s not a taboo thing for the Dutch as it is for American’s who have been restricted from the use of Cannabis. As far as living there, the locals may or may not engage in the recreational cannabis and in fact I notice many times families walking through the red light district without a bother. The Dutch are not surprised by much these days and simply move on with their lives but certainly quite progressive in views. My favorite part about the entire country? 99% highly walkable or you can easily take your bike on a train, jump on a train in be in Brussels or Paris with just a few hours.

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Zaftyg Founder – Heather while living in the Netherlands. Circa 2016.

Amsterdam is undoubtedly a beautiful city. No wander it is the fourth most visited cities in the region just after Paris, Rome, and London. Most of the population speaks either French or German or both. The people also can speak English and Dutch as well. The area is relatively flat. You cannot find slopes and hills unlike other European cities. If you want to roam Amsterdam by foot, it is very conducive for hiking. This would save you from the trouble of renting a car or hiring a taxicab to transport you within the city. And since Amsterdam has lots of sights to offer, hiking would be fill up the day while spending some time on different attractions the city has to offer.

If you don’t feel the idea of hiking, Amsterdam provides not only cheap but free transportation. White-bikes are located in abundance in the city. In fact there are over 700,000 bikes waiting for you. You can hop on one of these communal bikes at one place then drop it off on the other. They are stationed in different point of the city so you won’t get a hard to locate one.

Not into biking and hiking but still opting for cheap Amsterdam vacation? You can always ride any of the public transportation within the city. Amsterdam offers some of the best train, bus, and tram systems in Europe. They are cheap and the service is extremely good.

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The attraction…

Amsterdam is lined with several museums and monuments often time just a shot away from one another. To be exact, Amsterdam has 42 museums and almost 7,000 monuments within its limits. And if you want to visit them without confusion, the city has prepared 7 waking routes, marked especially for you.

You can see the works of Hals, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and several other world-renowned artists in Amsterdam’s most famous museum- the Rijks museum. A Van Gogh admirer? Vincent Van Gogh has his own museum located near Rijks. For a more contemporary and modern pictures, paintings, and pottery, you can visit Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art. For a closer feel of Amsterdam during the 1600s, you can visit the Museum Willet-Holthuysen that is considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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When you visit during summer (July-August), expect to see bed of Tulips along with other Holland’s pride- narcissus, daffodils, and other flowers.

Canal attraction is superb. During summer, you can tour the city by boat. The city’s canal stretches up to 100KM giving you an alternative way to see the city. During winter, the same canal freezes and transforms into a sporting site where skating events take place.

The rates…

Amsterdam is not a typical European city where you have to spend so much to survive. It does not charge premium rates like any other European cities. You can stay at one of the hostels in Amsterdam under $70. Dining is also very affordable in the city. You can survive a decent meal for under $15. Transportation is also cheap. Tram pass could be purchase at around $5 for unlimited ride for the day. But you can easily find affordable Airbnb’s and Hostels that operate year round, and one that a lot of travelers visit is St. Christopher’s Inn, temporarily closed during COVID, but certainly a budget trip to plan in advance.

Picturesque view and rich culture and history give every reason to travel to Amsterdam. And with prices are relatively cheap, you surely would enjoy your stay at Amsterdam.

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