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Rolling Along: A Cheapo at Work in Amsterdam

Rolling Along: A Cheapo at Work in Amsterdam

My train pulled into Amsterdam on Sunday during a marathon. Well, I didn’t realize the Amsterdam Marathon was happening at first. I just realized that something was up with the trams. I had studied up on the city’s tram system in advance, and knew that to get from Centraal Station to my hotel, the cute-and-simple » Read more

Amsterdam: How to avoid the epic Anne Frank House line

Amsterdam: How to avoid the epic Anne Frank House line

Every summer my short stint as a tour guide begins with great intentions. We start at the Dam Square, stroll for an hour and soak in the atmosphere and good vibes from enjoying our wander. We check out the secret garden Begijnhof, dip into the art hall from the Amsterdam Museum, wander to the Flower » Read more

Visiting Amsterdam: 5 first-time mistakes to avoid

Visiting Amsterdam: 5 first-time mistakes to avoid

Amsterdam can be a breeze for first timers to Europe in many ways. Everyone speaks English, and the city is small enough to get around by foot. At the same time, the streets are curvy and confusing, taxis are expensive and the Dutch language is a mouthful. It’s also important to find a good location » Read more

Everyone is high in Amsterdam – and 5 other myths about the city debunked

Everyone is high in Amsterdam – and 5 other myths about the city debunked

Parisians are rude, London is expensive and everyone in Barcelona washes down a huge paella with a liter of sangria. While European stereotypes live off of exaggeration, there’s always a hint of truth to them somewhere. As a global city with a long tradition of liberal policies, the Dutch capital is no exception. Travelers arrive » Read more

Amsterdam: 10 tips to bike and blend in like a local

Amsterdam: 10 tips to bike and blend in like a local

Amsterdam is a biking paradise, and there’s no better way to experience it than pedaling through the historic streets. Previously, we’ve shared some helpful tips on how to bicycle safely throughout the city, the best bike tours and how to navigate the roads in winter. Now it’s time to get local about it. In Amsterdam, » Read more

Amsterdam City Card: New expanded savings within the metropolitan area

Amsterdam City Card: New expanded savings within the metropolitan area

Here at EuroCheapo, we’re always looking at discounts and deals across the continent that help you save money. A frequent topic of conversation is the popular city tourist and museums cards. There are benefits (free admissions) and disadvantages (the sometimes high cost) to each, and opinions can be divided. But it always comes down to » Read more

Amsterdam & Region Day Ticket: The pros and cons of this 24-hour deal

Amsterdam & Region Day Ticket: The pros and cons of this 24-hour deal

Getting around Amsterdam sans bike can be pricey if you’re not hoofing it. One-way tram and bus fares are up to €2.80, and trains easily exceed the €10 mark on a round trip outside the capital. While the usual choices are 24-hour city transport cards and Euro rail passes, new to the scene is the » Read more

Free Amsterdam: The ultimate guide from ferries to art galleries

Free Amsterdam: The ultimate guide from ferries to art galleries

It’s always a surprise to hear people claim that Amsterdam is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. Between bicycles and local markets, free art galleries and outdoor hangouts, there’s plenty to do in this city that’s “on the house.” If you dodge the flying tourist bullets of waffle stands and keepsake boutiques, you’ll » Read more

5 cheapo souvenir ideas to bring home from Amsterdam

5 cheapo souvenir ideas to bring home from Amsterdam

Forget Dutch slippers shaped like clogs, Red Light paraphernalia and typical shot glasses. Souvenirs in Holland’s capital need not be dorky or cheap—it’s all about finding the right store and clever idea. Here are five recommendations for good take away memorabilia from Amsterdam for yourself and your friends back home. 1. Cheap and sweet: the » Read more

Amsterdam: 5 tips to navigate the city when temperatures drop

Amsterdam: 5 tips to navigate the city when temperatures drop

Winter is officially here, and that means Holland can get hit with a heavy punch of ice and snow that means slick city streets and challenging travel situations. Amsterdam was built for chilly weather, but it is not entirely foolproof. If you’re headed to Amsterdam for a Winter Wonderland, here are some tips to keep » Read more

5 tips for safely navigating Amsterdam’s party scene (without spending too much)

5 tips for safely navigating Amsterdam’s party scene (without spending too much)

Amsterdam has a thriving nightlife scene, with a “something for every Cheapo” mentality. There are hundreds of bars and coffeeshops, great nightclubs and music venues plus a long list of festivals in the summer. But if you’re not careful, charges can add up quickly for everything from drink prices and cover charges to taxi fares » Read more

5 reasons to visit the Bokbier Festival in Amsterdam, the Dutch Oktoberfest

5 reasons to visit the Bokbier Festival in Amsterdam, the Dutch Oktoberfest

The largest beer festival in the Netherlands takes place in Amsterdam every autumn and celebrates the release of bok beer, a dark seasonal lager. This year marks the 36th annual Bokbier Festival on October 25-27 at the Beurs van Berlage building in central Amsterdam – the world’s first stock exchange. Even if you’re a loyal » Read more

The most I’d pay in Amsterdam for a…

The most I’d pay in Amsterdam for a…

It’s hard watching tourists coughing up too much cash when buying everyday items in (often the center of) Amsterdam. If only they knew what they should be paying! This isn’t a “in a perfect Amsterdam world” price list. These are, in fact, prices that you can expect to find when purchasing everyday travel items in » Read more

Amsterdam: Simple tips for finding cheap hotels

Amsterdam: Simple tips for finding cheap hotels

In Amsterdam, finding a comfortable hotel with all the trappings at a budget-friendly price can be tricky. The cozy capital of Holland is dripping with high tourist rates, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily need to shell out for a room. Here are some simple ways that you can find your dream accommodation on the » Read more

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

Going Dutch: Where to find public restrooms in Amsterdam

Going Dutch: Where to find public restrooms in Amsterdam

Over the course of many years living in Amsterdam I’ve developed a shyness about using the toilet. As a paying customer in a café there’s no problem; I’ll hit the head like any normal Jane. It’s the act of walking into an establishment from off the streets, bypassing servers and aiming straight for the loo, » Read more

Amsterdam: 10 phrases that tourists should never say

Amsterdam: 10 phrases that tourists should never say

No one likes being labeled the dumb tourist, but a lot of times we slide right into it with just one word. After seeing too many nice visitors to Amsterdam blush with embarrassment on the streets and in the shops, here are my top 10 phrases of what you shouldn’t say in Amsterdam (and why). » 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 Bus Tips: How to ride the bus like a pro

Amsterdam Bus Tips: How to ride the bus like a pro

It might seem ridiculous to write a post on how to use a bus in Amsterdam. Most of us know how to ride a bus. But the particulars of riding public transportation in countries you’re visiting can be tricky enough to embarrass you with even the simplest task, like paying for your fare incorrectly, or » Read more

Amsterdam’s Best Burger: 5 safe bets for a delicious and cheap meal

Amsterdam’s Best Burger: 5 safe bets for a delicious and cheap meal

The burger craze has hit Amsterdam hard, and specialty burger joints seem to be lighting up across the city (no pun intended). Luckily, my American burger taste buds and my fellow burger-loving buddies have found some of the cheapest hubs that really have the good stuff in Amsterdam’s center. Burger Bar Kolksteeg 6 Warmoestraat 21 » Read more

Amsterdam Cheap Eats: 5 restaurant chains worth trying

Amsterdam Cheap Eats: 5 restaurant chains worth trying

Amsterdam is not known to hold many chain businesses (besides Bulldog coffeeshop franchise). The city prides itself on supporting small business owners, “mom and pop” cafes, and one-man (and one-woman) services. Still, a few chain restaurants have begun to pop up. Here are a few that are wallet friendly, fun, flavorful, and worth a look-see. » 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: 5 easy ways to save on dining

Amsterdam: 5 easy ways to save on dining

Culturally, going out to eat in Holland is always due to a special occasion and isn’t simply an every day activity. That means that dining in Amsterdam can be pricey compared to North America’s restaurant culture. Here are five ways to still eat out in Amsterdam without getting caught in pricey pancake pad, or worse, » 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

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