Taking a trip to Amsterdam? 5 free things to do while you're there

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Travel Trip 5 Free Things Amsterdam
This March 12, 2013 photo shows a view of Begijnhof courtyard in Amsterdam. The clatter of trams and ringing of bicycle bells can be an assault on the ears, but there's a hidden oasis of peace in the heart of Amsterdam if you need a little quiet time. The Begijnhof is a small grassed courtyard surrounded by beautiful 17th- and 18th-century houses that were originally built for pious Catholic single women. It's right in the middle of town and reachable by a gateway at the end of a lane leading off one of the city's busiest shopping streets, but it is almost eerily silent. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)