Visiting Amsterdam's best attractions without breaking the bank
Amsterdam is a city with so much to offer that it can be overwhelming when planning your visit. With the museums, restaurants, canals, and nightlife to explore it can be even harder to plan your trip on a budget.
If you are going for at least a few days the “I amsterdam” City Card is the best deal. It offers you free admission to most museums, a canal cruise, discounts on other attractions and restaurants, and even includes unlimited use of public transportation. You can buy a one, two, or three-day card, but I would recommend the three-day card because the unlimited transportation will save you a lot of money and unnecessary stress.
One of the many attractions included in the “I amsterdam” City Card package is the Artis Royal Zoo. Personally, I think the zoo is the most underrated attraction in Amsterdam. Not only does it seem to have more baby animals than any zoo I’ve visited, but it has an aquarium, planetarium, and butterfly pavilion to explore as well. I could have watched this lion cub try to get his father to play with him all day...but then I would have missed out on the baby elephant eating with his parents and the baby sea lions cubs sunbathing.
After you visit you can take a short walk to Brouwerij t’IJ, known as the windmill brewery, to relax and recharge before catching the bus back to Amsterdam Centraal.