Amsterdam on a Tight Budget

Free lunchtime concerts, the ideal place to eat your lunch. But when you buy your packed lunch from Albert Heijn Supermarket, be sure to get a ‘silent’ bag to take with you to one of the free lunchtime concert in Amsterdam. Any plastic bag will do, as long as it doesn’t rustle. Go for herring roll with onions, the Dutch favourite by far. On second thought don’t take the chopped onions, too smelly for those sitting near to you.

Free Lunch Concerts in Het Concertgebouw

Every Wednesday, but not during July and August, you can listen to a 30-minute concert. These concerts range from recitals by young artists to public rehearsals and chamber music, generally classical music although they sometimes include contemporary music. You need no ticket. The doors open at noon and the concert starts at 12.30. Be sure to arrive in time as these concerts are popular. Check the website for the programme.




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Free Lunchtime Concerts in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ

Music lovers flock to Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ to listen to young performers, students at the Amsterdam Music Academy. Concerts tend to be mostly on Thursdays but sometimes on other days in the week. Check the Muziekgebouw website for the exact dates. Concerts start at 12.30.



Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ

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