Pretty village near Amsterdam

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel offers a scenic refuge from the hustle and bustle of its infamous neighbour to the north. The village is a popular destination for bike rides from Amsterdam – just follow the Amstel river south for 40 minutes or so until you reach it.  Ouderkerk is located close to the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest) and the village of Uithoorn, which lies further along the river.

Things to do in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

Visitors typically head to the village to take in its architecture, which includes historic churches, houses and De Zwaan (an impressive windmill). There’s also Beth Haim of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, the Netherlands’ oldest Jewish cemetery. It opened in 1614 and features elaborate tombstones that include human figures. Among the cemetery’s most famous residents: Rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel, a colleague and collaborator of Rembrandt, and the Moroccan diplomat Samuel Pallache. In the summer, the clean waters of the Ouderkerkerplas lake make for a popular outdoor swimming spot.

Ouderkerk restaurants and accommodation

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.