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Escape the city – Fantastic beach hikes close to Amsterdam

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Escape the city – Fantastic beach hikes close to Amsterdam

Hiking Collection by Pauline van der Waal

6

Tours

23:42 h

57.3 mi

1,375 ft

It’s easy to forget how close Amsterdam is to the dunes or the beach. For this reason, I've lined up six surprising walks along the coast which are all easily accessible by public transport. As most Amsterdammers don’t have a car, you can travel by train or bus to the starting point of every hike.

The walks in this Collection are between 9.3 to 12.3 miles (15 to 20 km) long. You should have a good fitness level as walking across sand can be hard going. You will also gain a fair amount of elevation as you follow sloping paths through the dunes.

With undulating landscapes, forests, and wide views, the dunes are beautiful. However, there is lots to discover beyond the beaches too. You can visit the Kunstbunker (Art Bunker) in the North Holland Dune Reserve near Castricum. The Rijksmuseum also has many cultural treasures, such as the famous painting Night Watch by Rembrandt, which have been stored in the museum since WWII.

In the same area, you may spot the Kwal. The water is pumped here via a 32-mile (52-km) pipeline all the way from Ijsselmeer Lake. In the dunes, the water is then purified and made into drinking water.

Be sure to pack your swimsuit in sunny weather as you will have plenty of opportunities to take a dip in the sea as many of the walks run along the beach. You can also swim in the various dune lakes, such as 't Wed near Bloemendaal.

The nature reserves along the coast are brimming with diverse flora and fauna. Look out for species of water birds, as well as larger animals such as Konik horses, Scottish Highlanders and Wisents. Don't forget your camera!

You can reach the starting points of the hikes from Amsterdam Central Station in roughly half an hour by train. All you have to do is lace up your walking shoes and bring a bottle of water.

All the routes have plenty of opportunities to stop for a snack or drink on the way. You could also bring your own packed lunch and find a quiet spot with a beautiful view, of which there are plenty.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:04
    9.87 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This walk runs from Castricum station to Egmond aan Zee, straight through the North Holland Dune Reserve. Along the route you will find all kinds of markings, but it is not the case that the entire tour is marked with one kind of posts. That's why I recommend using navigation.

    Make sure you have an entrance

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  • Intermediate
    04:41
    11.4 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Start your hike at the climbing dune and ascend a little further towards the viewpoint Papenberg. This gives you a nice overview of the area in which you are walking. Like most coastal walks, you start in a wooded area. Only when you walk further towards the beach does the vegetation become thinner.

    

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  • Intermediate
    04:12
    10.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This walking route starts at Santpoort-Noord station and ends in Overveen, where you board the train again. I always like it when your start and end points are far apart. Then you really have a goal. So this route is one of my favorites. There are also quite a few height differences in this path through

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  • Intermediate
    04:01
    9.67 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For this walk you take the train to Santpoort-Zuid station. You walk a short distance through the village and enter the dune area at the Bleek en Berg entrance.

    

    After a kilometer or two you will come to the Oosterplas, a swimming lake in the Kennemerduin. You may take a quick dip here, otherwise continue

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  • Intermediate
    03:46
    9.00 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The dunes around Overveen near Haarlem are known for the beautiful houses that are there. Wealthy families owned and owned huge estates here. From the station you can walk into the dunes in a few minutes. If you are lucky, you will see bison in the nature reserve, or the European Bison.

    

    From the station

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  • Intermediate
    02:59
    7.20 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    During your walk through the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, it is almost impossible not to encounter deer. The largest fallow deer population in the Netherlands lives here. In addition, the nature reserve is beautiful.

    You start at the entrance of the Waterleidingduinen on the Zandvoortseweg. You follow

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    57.3 mi
  • Duration
    23:42 h
  • Elevation
    1,375 ft

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