Hollandsche Manege photo: iamsterdam.nl
Recently a list of 20 free things to do in Amsterdam was published by Lonely Planet.
I have seen many of these lists, usually they are not that interesting.
This one is different though, Lonely Planet made a great selection! They listed many unknown but very interesting activities, that are highly attractive and provide a taste of the real Amsterdam.
I’d say, try them all.
Grote Zaal Concertgebouw
If you ever needed a reason to visit my city, there isn’t a better year than 2013. Huffington Post mentions Amsterdam in its top desitinations to watch in 2013. There are many reasons, to name a few: the canals of Amsterdam exist 400 years, There is, of course, the grand reopening of the famous Rijksmuseum on April 14 and the van Gogh museum will have its 40th anniversary in June. The complete list is here. My personal favorite is 125 years of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, home for (again) 125 years in the famous Concertgebouw. If you would come over: try to book seats in advance in the “Grote Zaal” with its world famous acoustics. You will love it.