• 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 hire 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 places 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 is home to many renowned 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. Looking to take a bike tour along the Amstel? See our cycle route for a step by step guide.

  • 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 many birds and so can only be accessed from mid-April to mid-October. While there, you can take a long walk or even swim.

  • Instead of heading to Ouderkerkplas, you can also visit Uithoorn, home to cafés and shops and a 60-hectare nature reserve that surrounds a lake called the Zijdelmeer. This is a fantastic spot for walks, featuring reed fields, grasslands, forest, diverse wildlife and even a petting zoo. The Garden of Bram de Groote is also well worth a visit. Entry is free, though it’s only open to the public on the first Sunday of the month from April to September.

  • Stay the night at The Waverly House in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel or cycle back to Amsterdam.

  • Take a bus to Muiden. The buses run regularly and the journey takes around 20 mins.

  • Take a walk through the historic centre of Muiden, a fortified town which sits near the IJmeer and dates back to the 10th century. Here you will discover peaceful streets, small cafés, historic landmarks and a picturesque harbour.

  • A visit to the mysterious island and abandoned fort make for an interesting day out for visitors of all ages. The fort was once part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam, a 135-kilometre-long system of fortifications that defended the city by means of flooding. 

  • Another ferry runs directly from Pampus Island to Amsterdam IJburg (www.amsterdamboatexcursion.com), from where you can take tram 26 back to Amsterdam Central Station. Get a special discount (25% off) with your I amsterdam City Card from April – October.

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel