With beautiful weather, it’s no surprise that you are eager to go outside. To help you plan a spontaneous getaway, this Collection includes seven walks that are under half an hour away from Amsterdam. As most Amsterdammers don't have a car, the thirty minutes starts when you hop on a train from Amsterdam Central Station. Of course, you can start from another station if it's easier for you or just hop on your bike.
You can enjoy lots of walks near Amsterdam to help you get away from it all for a while. Just north of the city, for example, Het Twiske recreational area offers winding paths along the water’s edge. Here, you can also come face to face with Scottish highlander cattle and take to the waters in a canoe.
From Amsterdam Oost, you can cross the Orange Locks (Oranjesluizen) via the Zeeburgereiland. Here, you can travel back in time a few centuries in picturesque villages such as Durgerdam, Ransdorp, and Schellingwoude.
You can also find plenty of nature within a stone’s throw of Amsterdam. The town of Weesp’s polders and historic canals, the circular walk Ronde Hoep below the town of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, and of course the woodland and water of the Amsterdamse Bos offer a great escape into nature.
Many walks lead past ancient forts, some crumbling, and others in pristine condition. This may come as no surprise as the Military Water Defence Line (Stelling van Amsterdam) was built around 9.3 to 12.4 miles (15 to 20 km) from the city. You can reach this UNESCO World Heritage Site within precisely 30 minutes.
For all walks, you'll find a café or shop along the way to enjoy refreshments. However, I recommend bringing a bottle of water and some snacks in your rucksack, especially if you choose one of the longer walks.
The Twiske is a wetland area just above Amsterdam. The nature reserve consists of 650 hectares, about a third of which consists of water. To get a good look at the whole area, walk the 16-kilometer red route. It is clearly marked by red posts along the path.
From Amsterdam Central you take the bus to Oostzaan. I have therefore …
The picturesque villages of Durgerdam, Ransdorp and Schellingwoude are located on the north bank of the IJ just east of Amsterdam. You will visit all three in this varied walk from Muiderpoort station.
From the station you first walk in the direction of the Flevopark. This park borders Amsterdam on the east side and is largely located directly on the …
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A little east of Amsterdam is Weesp, beautiful on the Vecht. The train takes about 15 minutes from Amsterdam Central to Weesp. The station is the starting point of the walk of just over ten kilometers.
When you leave the station you will see the Vecht almost immediately. You walk in the direction of the marina with all kinds of …
This route is one of my favorites. I love the winding narrow roads along the idyllic Gein. Moreover, you do not have to pay attention to anything other than the environment, because it is practically impossible to go wrong.You leave and end at Abcoude station. It takes 20 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station. From Amstel station it is even only 12 minutes.
The Ronde Hoep is a popular piece of polder just below Amsterdam. On beautiful days you will encounter many walkers and cyclists from the city.
No wonder, because you walk on picturesque winding dikes and have a fantastic view over the polder. Along the way you will also see two fortresses of the Defense Line of Amsterdam.
You start your …
For a brisk walk literally on the outskirts of the city, go to the Amsterdamse Bos. You can easily cycle, but by car or public transport is also possible.
The Amsterdamse Bos is also known under the old name Bosplan. Incredible but true: the entire forest has been created by hand. The forest was an employment project of the Municipality …
This walk from Halfweg-Zwanenburg station is an absolute undiscovered gem. You will be there in no time and it is completely unknown to many Amsterdammers. You can take a lovely walk in the forest of Spaarne / Houtrak.The seawall used to be here. After all, the IJ was still connected to the salty Zuiderzee, which made the water briny …
Hiking Collection by Pauline van der Waal
Hiking Collection by Pauline van der Waal