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!
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!
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.
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.
Sunshine is rare in the Netherlands. As soon as the sun is shining everybody tries to catch at least some sun rays.
6. Street Art
In Amsterdam you’ll find street art everywhere, wanted or unwanted by local authorities. And the Dutch love it!
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!
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.
9. Public Playing grounds
Moms and dads love public playing grounds, like here 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.
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!
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.
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