Amsterdamse Bos

sights / Parks & gardens

Amsterdamse Bos information

Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Bosbaanweg 5
Getting there
Bus: 170, 172
More information
kayaks per hr €6, bicycles per 2hr/day €6/9.50
Opening hours
park 24hr, visitors centre noon-5pm, bicycles 10am-6pm Tue-Sun
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Amsterdamse Bos is a vast tract of lakes, woods and meadows criss-crossed by paths. It's filled with activities and is especially great for children. You can rent bicycles, visit the goat farm, kayak the waterways, see a play at the open-air theatre, ascend to the treetops in the climbing park or hang out at the cafes and pancake restaurants.

In the densest thickets you can forget you're near a city at all (though, actually, you're right by Schiphol airport). The forest comprises roughly 2km by 5km of green space. A lot of locals use the park but it rarely feels crowded.

Take bus 170 or 172 from Centraal Station; the trip takes about 40 minutes.