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Talia
Johannesburg

Amsterdam, Venice, Paris

Affordable activities for couples.

My boyfriend and I are planning a trip for Dec 2016 to Amsterdam, Venice, and Paris. We are from South Africa and the Rand is very weak compared to the Euro and Pound. This means we have to save up a lot, just to do a little. Sooo, I'd love to know, from locals or people who have visited, if it is possible to and what you know of that is still fun to do and see the cities on a budget. We enjoy nightlife activities as well as markets, festivals and outdoor activities. Thanks so much!


4 Answers

answered by
Nicolette from New York City

Hi Talia,

Mattheijs shared a good tip about exploring local markets, and I would agree. What's great about Amsterdam is that you can easily get around without spending a lot of money, and explore a lot on foot and by bike. Biking is also easy, if you plan to cover a lot of ground.

Walking along the canals can be wonderful (day or night) and sitting down at Vondelpark, there's plenty to take in ranging from beautiful architecture, to people watching and just exploring the city by foot. Museumplein (Museum Square) is fun, too. From there, you can visit
three major attractions - the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and you're right by the concert hall (Concertgebouwplein). If you want to shop or walk around a little bit (this will be in the more touristy areas), it's also fun to go to the Dam Square, Kalverstraat, and Leidseplein area.

Here are some additional tips from locals in an article on free activities and another article about delicious Dutch food. I personally really like 't Zwaantje, but you'll have many, many restaurant options. Indonesian food is also quite popular in the Netherlands. In terms of typical Dutch snacks, I'd recommend trying poffertjes and kroketten...:)

Have a great time!


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  1. Vondelpark (attraction)
  2. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (attraction)
  3. Van Gogh Museum (attraction)
  4. Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (attraction)
  5. Concertgebouwplein (attraction)
  6. Dam Square (attraction)
  7. Kalverstraat (attraction)
  8. Leidseplein (attraction)
  9. Museumplein (attraction)
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answered by
Andrea from Caorle

Hi guys!! I live near Venice, in Venice you can walk for many days visiting the city by your own spending like nothing maybe only for visit some museum, for eating is better if you take it from market or in small restaurant (you can eat very well also avoiding big restaurant), stay away from tourist place like Piazza S. Marco for your meals :)

If you can move around with your car go and visit city like Verona (so beautiful with the Arena Romeo & Juliet House, or Padova with the big Market, finally if you want to visit a small and relaxing town on the sea you can visit the city where I live Caorle.

Have a nice day!


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answered first by
Mattheijs from Groningen

When in Amsterdam, ignore the innercity.. it's most a tourist trap. Try to visit the localmarkets such as DappermarktNoordermarkt and the market at Ten Katestraat


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answered by
Ashley from Calgary

At the Louvre From October to March, access to the permanent collections is free for all visitors on the first Sunday of the month.

Not sure if other museums do things like that but it might be worthwhile checking if there are specific places you want to see. Often there are deals like this or late admission discounts.

When we were in Venice we just wandered into a lot of the private art galleries and saw some amazing art. It's an easy way to see diverse work and for free. 


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