Amsterdamse Bos: Amsterdam’s Enchanted Forest

Amsterdamse Bos

Amsterdamse Bos - Copyright Andrew Hayes

“Bos” means forest in Dutch, but Amsterdamse Bos is much more than that.Rarely visited by the casual tourist, this wooden oasis is an easy 30 minute cycle ride out of town but feels like it is worlds away.It is one of the largest city parks in Europe, with its 137km (85mi) of footpaths, 51km (35mi) of cycle paths and 50 bridges.A day out is not complete with a visit to the GeitenBoerderij, a goat farm where children can pet the animals and adults can enjoy an array of beverages (Dutch beers, wine, soft drinks) and purchase various goat’s milk products (ice cream, yogurt, cheese).There is also the Grote Vijver (translated as the ‘big pond’) which offers calming views as well as kayak/row boat rental during the summer.At all entrances to the park as well as throughout paths are well signposted so you should have no troubles getting around.

Before setting off, check with your bicycle rental company to get directions (do not worry it’s not too difficult).I also suggest a picnic lunch if you do not want to eat at the goat farm.

Amsterdamse Bos Reflections

Amsterdamse Bos Reflections - Copyright Andrew Hayes