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My appartment:

The address is: Stationsstraat 32, Wormerveer. Generally you can arrive until midnight (ask me).

Getting to my appartment by train

I live right next to the train station of Wormerveer, a nice old traditional village just outside of Amsterdam. From Amsterdam Central Station it is about 20 minutes to Wormerveer. You take the “Sprinter” (=  stop train) in the direction of Uitgeest. Price is 3,70 euro per person one way (get tickets from the yellow-blue machines). Do not take the intercity (to Alkmaar) because it won’t stop at Wormerveer.

Getting to my appartment by car

You can park directly in front of my appartment. This is only for unloading your baggage. Then you can park 100 meters further at the river (Zaan) for free.

Getting around in Amsterdam

The quickest and cheapest way to go from my appartment to Amsterdam is by train. Amsterdam Central Station is the best station when you want to go to the Amsterdam city center. From there, you have these options:

  • Trams are most common, then buses and the subway (“metro”). The new metro line just opened, connection Amsterdam-North with the Amsterdam mainland.
  • You could also rent a bike starting from 10 euros a day at MacBike (Amsterdam Central Station) or starting from 12 euros at Yellowbike (Nieuwezijds Kolk 29, 5 minutes walking from Central Station).
  • If you ONLY want to see the real center (canals, red light district, coffeeshops etc.) you can also just walk from Amsterdam Central Station (10 minutes).

Free things to do in Amsterdam

  • There are several free guided walking and bicycling tours in Amsterdam center. Just google “free tours Amsterdam”. You can give the tour leader a voluntary donation if you liked it. That is their income.
  • The biggest park in Amsterdam is the Vondelpark. Many locals go there to chill, picknick, meet friends etc. There are nice terraces like the “Blauwe Theehuis” (Blue Teahouse, in the middle of the park) and the Filmmusuem terrace (near the north entrance). Close to Leidseplein, trams 1, 2 and 3.
  • The flea market at Waterlooplein (directly next to the city hall = Stopera) is nice for buying cheap vintage clothes and (sort of) antiques etc. Open Monday to Saturday 9.30 – 18.00.
  • The Albert Cuyp market is where the common Amsterdammers go for shopping. Open Monday to Saturday 9.00 – 17.00. Tram 4 (get out at Stadhouderskade), tram 16 and 24 (Albert Cuypstraat), tram 3 and 12 (Ferdinand Bolstraat or Van Woustraat).
  • The Flower Market (“Bloemenmarkt”) is one street with lots of flower stalls. Tram 1, 2 and 5 (get out at Koningsplein).
  • The Begijnhof is an old “court place” from the 16th century. 10 minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Station or trams 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 or metro 52 (get out at Rokin).
  • At the Civic Guards Gallery (Schuttersgalerij) you can see a collection of 17th century Dutch Master paintings for free. It is managed by the Amsterdam Museum. Kalverstraat 92, trams or trams 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 (get out at Spui).
  • From mid July to September, there’s a free latin Music festival every Thursday evening at Westergasterras (at the Westergas complex in Amsterdam-West). Free entry only between 7 and 8.30 p.m. Be there by 7 p.m. because the lines can be long and from 8.30 you have to pay entry.
  • Free jazz sessions where you can join in are every Tuesday evenings at 10 pm (September to June) at the Bimhuis.
  • Free 30 minute classical lunch concerts at the famous Concertgebouw orchestra every Wednesday from 12.30 to 1 pm.
  • You can see 15 canal bridges from one viewing point at the bridge on the junction of Reguliersgracht 1 and Herengracht 536. Standing on this bridge with your back to the Thorbeckeplein, you will see six arched bridges in a row. To the left you will find six more over the Herengracht and on the right you will see the next two. The 15th is the bridge you are standing on. It is most beautiful after dark because the bridges are illuminated. Tram 4, 9 and 14 (get out at Rembrandtplein).
  • The New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) at Dam Square charges admission, but you go through the tourist shop and head upstairs for a free peak. 5 mins walk from Amsterdam Central Station.
  • NEMO science center (for kids) is paid, but you can climb the stairs to the roof at the outside for free (from the outside it looks like a large green ship). You have a great view over Amsterdam there. 10 minutes walk from Amsterdam Central Station. There aren’t any trams near but there’s a bus stop for buses 305, 306, 314, 391, 394 going to/from the backside of Amsterdam Central Station.
  • Amsterdam has a “Chinatown” located at the Zeedijk very near Central Station. You can visit the buddhist Fo Guang Shan He Hua temple (the largest in Europe built in traditional Chinese palace style) at the Zeedijk 106-118 for free.
  • The ferries to Amsterdam-North (leaving from the backside of Amsterdam Central Station) are free. They leave every 3-5 minutes. Amsterdam-North is an upcoming part of Amsterdam.
  • More free things in Amsterdam:

    50 Free Things To Do in Amsterdam