Top 12 Free Things The Dutch Love

There is nothing that the Dutch love more, we’re talking about free things. Which free things do the Dutch love most?

1. Free public Toilet

In the Netherlands it’s normal to be charged €0,50 to go to the toilet when you’re not a customer at a place. For this reason the Dutch value it even more to pee for free. In Amsterdam you’ll find many public toilets, for free. What a relief!

Public toilet at Nieuwmarkt - Free things the Dutch love

Public toilet at Nieuwmarkt

Public pop-up toilet at Dam square - Free things the Dutch love

Public pop-up toilet at Dam square

2. Free Sample cheese

The Dutch are real cheese eaters as well as producers. Gouda, Edam, Beemster, Leerdam, Maasdam you might have heard of them as cheese brands. These are all cities in the Netherlands. Most Dutch buy their cheese in the supermarket, some on a local market like on the picture below in the Jordaan District. Sometimes you may even try the cheese before buying it. Yumm!

Noorder Market, Jordaan District - Free things the Dutch love

Noorder Market, Jordaan District

3. Free Drinking Water

Throughout the centre of Amsterdam you’ll find tap water points. Don’t worry this water is even cleaner and better than the water you’ll buy in the supermarket. Some even say it’s the best water in the world.

Drinking water at Wester market - Free things the Dutch love

Free drinking water at Wester market

4. Great views

There are no real skyscrapers or tall buildings in Amsterdam. Most authentic building in the city centre are four stories tall. There are a few number of buildings taller than this and this results in amazing views from these places.

View over Amsterdam from the Weesperflat, a 7 story - Free things the Dutch love

View over Amsterdam from the Weesperflat, a 7 story

5. Sunshine

Sunshine is rare in the Netherlands. As soon as the sun is shining everybody tries to catch at least some sun rays.

Dam square sunshine - Free things the Dutch love

Dam square

6. Street Art

In Amsterdam you’ll find street art everywhere, wanted or unwanted by local authorities. And the Dutch love it!

Street Art de Pijp - Free things the Dutch love

Street Art de Pijp

Street Art Jacob van Lennepstraat - Free things the Dutch love

Street Art Jacob van Lennepstraat

Street Art Binnengasthuisstraat - Free things the Dutch love

Street Art Binnengasthuisstraat

7. Great history

The Dutch love old but good looking buildings. It creates atmosphere and brings the city to life. Old mansions at the canals often have a date on their facade, like ‘Anno 1646’. It’s like walking through a museum all day!

The canal belt was dug in the 17th century

The canal belt was dug in the 17th century

8. Public BBQ Spots

In some parks in the Netherlands you’ll find public BBQ spots, like in the Westerpark in Amsterdam. They are not the cleanest barbecues, so make sure to bring something to clean the griddle first.

BBQ Westerpark - Free things the Dutch love

BBQ Westerpark

9. Public Playing grounds

Moms and dads love public playing grounds, like here in Amsterdam West.

Play ground in Amsterdam West - Free things the Dutch love

Play ground in Amsterdam New West

Play ground in Amsterdam West - Free things the Dutch love

Play ground in Amsterdam West

10. Free candies when paying your bill

The Dutch love free candies when paying their bill. They will never leave any of them.

Free candies - Free things the Dutch love

Free candies when paying your bill

11. Free ferry to Amsterdam North

There are no bridges or tunnels for pedestrians or cyclists to  go from Amsterdam Central station to Amsterdam North, that’s why there are ferries going back and forth, 24 hours per day. And the best thing is that they are free!

Free Ferry GVB - Free things the Dutch love

Free Ferry GVB

12. Public parks

In Dutch cities people in general have no (big) gardens, but they like to go outside. That’s why there are parks everywhere in the city. Vondelpark, Oosterpark, Westerpark, Beatrixpark, Erasmuspark, Sarphatipark, Park Frankendael, Flevopark, Rembrandtpark and Sloterpark are the most famous and biggest ones.

Westerpark - Free things the Dutch love

Westerpark, Amsterdam

 

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