Immerse yourself in history
The ancient village of Sloten, which became a part of Amsterdam in 1921, is home to the Sloten Windmill museum – a fully functioning poldermill where you’ll learn all about how windmills work, as well as how Rembrandt, the son of a miller, grew up. Sloten was first mentioned in 1063, which might make it older than Amsterdam. The areas around it, including Geuzenveld-Slotermeer, were all farmland for centuries. Until as late as the 1950s, when the area was developed, local growers would bring their produce to the city to sell at markets.
Have a day by the lake
At the end of Jan Evertsenstraat is Sloterplas, a huge lake surrounded by the green and spacious Sloterpark. In addition to the runners, fishermen, swimmers and other water sports fans, more and more people are finding their way to this picturesque urban lake for a relaxing picnic, boat trip or to catch a film under the stars during the summer. There’s also the annual Loveland dance festival, and Sloterplasloop running event for those after something a little more active.
Experience the nightlife
Former office and business park Sloterdijk is changing at a rapid pace and with an innovative twist. Take, for example, the recently-opened bar-restaurant Bret, with it 'circular' (sustainable) garden, bee palace and vineyard (No. Chateau). You’ll also find a café in a tram, the club Warehouse Elementenstraat, and the Soupalicious soup restaurant. If you like pioneering concepts, you won’t be disappointed!
The place to go for the best comedy acts, dance performances and family shows. Meervaart also has a conference facility and is a breeding ground for talent.
Play all day in De Natureluur
Nestled in Sloterpark, De Natureluur is a playground and adventure park that’s a hit with kids of all ages. The organisers host a variety of active and educational activities, ranging from kayaking and archery, through to nature lessons on creepy crawlies and wildlife. It’s also the perfect spot for birthday parties, delighting little ones with campfires, pony rides, hut-building and all sorts of treats.
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