water

Water is a huge part of Amsterdam’s landscape so it’s no wonder that life here is so closely entwined with it. Cruising on the canals is a favourite for young and old and is taken to another level during King’s Day and Amsterdam Gay Pride, swimming is a treat whether it’s in the sea or a city pool, there’s a wide variety of water sports on offer, and there are large-scale boating events like SAIL and HISWA.

Canal cruising

The history of Amsterdam is intimately connected with water. Its 165 canals were created over the centuries to stimulate trade and transport and recla...

Swimming pools

Visit one of Amsterdam’s many swimming pools for an active day out with the whole family. In addition to large pools for swimming laps, most of these ...

De Hoop Op d'Swarte Walvis

Kalverringdijk 15
1509 BT ZAANDAM
A riverside restaurant with an extraordinary history. De Hoop Op D’Swarte Walvis (hope for the black whale) was named after a 19th...

Bloem

Entrepotdok 36
1018 AD AMSTERDAM
In a beautiful spot near the Artis zoo is café Bloem.

Villa Westend

Westlaan 41
1991 AL VELSERBROEK
Situated on the outskirts of Haarlem and Velsen, adjacent to Spaarnwoude. Open daily from 10:00 am for coffee, lunch and dinner.

Noordpier beach (Velsen-Noord)

Reyndersweg 1
1951 LA VELSEN-NOORD
Noordpier beach in Velsen-Noord is a wide, tranquil beach just north of the North Sea canal. Thanks to its unique location, it’s t...

Oosterpark

Oosterpark
1092 AT AMSTERDAM
The Oosterpark is a large city park located in Amsterdam Oost. This open green space is filled with ponds and streams, a wading po...

Rembrandtpark

Orteliuskade 57
1057 AL AMSTERDAM
Located in Amsterdam West, the Rembrandtpark is an ideal place to sit out in the sun and enjoy a picnic. The park is a green oasis...