Duration: Full day
- Rent a bike from one of Amsterdam’s many bike rental companies and head south towards Amstelveen and the beautiful Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest). You can also rent bikes at the entrance of Amsterdamse Bos, or even canoes for a view of the forest from the water.
- Continue your cycle to Amstelveen. The city is the second greenest city in the Netherlands, and there’s plenty of culture, events and great shops to discover while you’re there. We recommend paying a visit to the famous Cobra Museum or the smaller Jan van der Togt Museum while you’re in the city.
- Continue your cycle on to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, a picturesque village established in the 12th century on the River Amstel. Ouderkerk offers plenty of choice of restaurants and cafes, with most of the popular spots located along the river. The hip Restaurant Jamie van Heije is a popular choice with diners, as is Loetje aan de Amstel across the river, with its buzzing riverside terrace.
- After you’ve refuelled, visit the Netherlands’ oldest Jewish cemetery, Beth Haim.
- From Ouderkerk aan de Amstel you can cycle to Ouderkerkplas, a recreation and nature area situated around a large lake. The lake is an important hibernation site for very many birds, and so can only be accessed from mid-April to mid-October. You can take a long walk while there or even swim.
- Instead of heading to Ouderkerkplas, you can also visit Uithoorn, home to cafés and shops and some lovely spots to walk and see an abundance of nature and history. Uithoorn has a 60-hectare nature reserve that surrounds a lake called the Zijdelmeer. It’s a fantastic spot for walks, featuring reed fields, grasslands, hay islands, a swampy forest, diverse wildlife and even a petting zoo. The Garden of Bram de Groote is also well worth a visit. Entry is free, though bear in mind that it’s only open to the public on the first Sunday of the month from April to September.
- The route back to Amsterdam is lovely; in no time at all, you’ll be cycling past grazing cows and elegant country houses.