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Nature experiences in Amsterdam

August 11, 2021

Nature experiences in Amsterdam

Amsterdam boasts plenty of parks, green spaces and woods that are perfect for a spot of walking, running or cycling. We have made a selection of our favourites below, including route recommendations and distances.

Running/walking spots:

Vondelpark – 3.3 km

An urban oasis, welcoming approximately 10 million annual visitors who come to jog, roller-skate, sunbathe or enjoy open-air concerts.

Amsterdamse Bos – 5, 10 or 20 km

Also called a Green City Park with a diverse landscape, a real beauty of Amsterdam! It’s divided into the following areas: Schinkelbos, the Southern Oeverlanden, Bird Island and Meerzicht Polder.

Westerpark – 5.8 km

A lively, green park to walk, skate, have a picnic or just relax with friends. Many cultural events are taking place here throughout the year.

Nature walk
Photo Credit: Park Plaza Moments


Cycling routes:

Amsterdam – 18 km

This cycle route will take you to all the city’s main highlights. From the Damrak and Kalverstraat to cycling under the Rijksmuseum, and via the Jordaan to Amsterdam North to finish with a drink with views over the IJ.

Zaandam – 32 km

The route starts at the railway station in Zaandam, where you can also directly hire a bicycle. Going into the Zaanstreek region, the historical windmill mecca, and the wetland recreation area Het Twiske. Be ready to visit one of the most beautiful and important windmills of the Netherlands.

Amsterdamse Bos – 5, 10 or 20 km

If you are in the city of Amsterdam, but looking for an escape out of the city, then the Amsterdamse Bos is perfect for you and not too far when traveling. For the kids; you can visit a goat’s farm, make use of the playgrounds, swim and do a lot of water sports.

Rembrandts Amstel – 27 km

As you all may know, Rembrandt lived on the Sint Antoniesbreestraat (now Jodenbreestraat). From this area you can easily escape to the polder landscapes with farms and mills where he got inspired many times. On this Amstel tour you will cycle to one of his favourite places where he used to draw.

Nature walk
Photo Credit: parkplazavondelpark.com


You could also visit one of the famous cities nearby Amsterdam; Volendam, Edam, Broek in Waterland and Haarlem.

Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam

Characterised by both its serene surroundings and the bustle of the city, Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam is the perfect habitat for city travellers. Book your stay now.

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam

The hotel occupies a historic 19th century building in the heart of Amsterdam’s shopping district, just a five-minute stroll from Dam Square. All city attractions are within walking distance. Book your stay now.

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