Amsterdam wouldn’t be Amsterdam without all its characteristic little canals. Renting a canal bike and get lost is great fun, but for you lazy guys out there, there are also guided tours on canal boats, most of which leave near the central train station, but also from the backside of the Paradiso, at the Singelgracht. A day pass gives you unlimited use of the canal bus and includes discounts on some attractions. Or if you’re in the party mood, go for the pub or cocktail cruise. Check some of these websites for more information:
No matter what budget you’re on, this one’s for you, simply ‘cause it’s for free (although a donation is appreciated)! Every day at 11:00 & 15:00 an expert guide takes you from the meeting point outside the tourist information opposite the train station, and makes sure you’ll be touched by the magic of The Netherlands’ capital city during the 3-hour walking tour. Also pick ups at the Downtown and Uptown Pig around 10:30 every day!
Barcelona may be skater-heaven, Amsterdam is Skater-HELL! Fun & definitely possible on the many biking lanes, but not for the faint-hearted, as you’ll be surrounded by cars, motorcycles and millions of bikes, and some of the lanes are paved with bricks. The parks are good & safe alternatives. Outdoor skate parks can be found at Museumplein (mini-ramp & halfpipe) and Marnixstraat (great bowl!).
In the colder months some parts of Amsterdam turn into romantic winter-wonder-land, complete with small ice-skating rinks, accompanied by hot chocolate and cookies. The best rinks in the city centre can be found on Museumplein and Leidseplein.
The Vondelpark is the backyard of the Uptown hostel, and an amazing spot where locals, tourists, musicians and all other kinds of people alike go to relax. Sort of the Central Park of Amsterdam.
When Amsterdam got too crowded in the 19th century, a new neighborhood was built, which included the Sarphati Park. The surrounding area “De Pijp” is a great area of the city; loads of students, not too many tourists.
The Amsterdamse Bos was the city’s solution to two problems: Unemployment and no relaxing spaces. Landscaping this park solved both by creating jobs and providing a big piece of nature for the inhabitants.
The Westerpark has lots of variety, from garden to city to landscape to nature. Around the park are the really old buildings of a former gas factory which have been rebuilt into a great cultural area with very nice cafés.
In the city? Yes, simply ‘cause we put them there.
This is city beach has an amazing view over the water ‘het IJ’. You can’t go for a swim in it though, since there are huge ships passing by.... But instead you can play beach volleyball or go for a ride in the tiny faireswheel, to catch a refreshing breeze and a nice view. There often are parties in the lounge bar (inside and outside).
At Blijburg you actually CAN swim! Therefore it gets crowded with al sorts of people. Families, students, yuppies, school kids, all are represented. Luckily it’s pretty huge, so enough space for all.
Strand Zuid is in an actual park, so it’s a real ‘inner-city’ beach. You’ll find mainly families here, and Friday they have a ‘thank-god-its-Friday’-party which is good fun when the weather’s nice.