Ups and downs in Amsterdam

The Netherlands is famous for being a flat country so it might sound a bit odd to go skiing or snowboarding in Amsterdam. Even more, to do so in summer – but Snow Planet (website in Dutch) is open year-round for some winter-themed fun. They hire out equipment and offer courses too, so there’s not much to stop you hurtling down a slope whenever the fancy takes you! For those who prefer climbing upwards rather than sliding downwards, the climbing wall near Amsterdam Centraal Station is a must!

Need for speed in Amsterdam

What better way to get your motor running than at the racetrack? Anyone from 8 years up can drive a go-kart at Race Planet. For the bigger boys and girls how about driving a Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Porsche or a formula racing car at the world famous Zandvoort Circuit Park – also through Race Planet. Or why not try out a truly unique Carver One experience (in Dutch) – these aerodynamic three-wheelers look like cars but handle like aeroplanes or motorbikes, especially in the corners!

Wind-powered Amsterdam action

If you like that windswept look, then you have to try kite surfing, flyboarding or racing along the sand in kite buggies! Located on the Zeeburgereiland to the east of the city, Wind ‘n Wheels will help to get your pulse racing with a session of land sailing (also known as ‘blokarting’ or land yachting). An easy journey away from Amsterdam, the Wind Water Beach at IJmuiden aan Zee is home to plenty of places hiring out equipment and long stretches of quiet, white beaches to whizz along. For windsurfers, Surfcenter IJburg (website in Dutch) is only 15 minutes from Amsterdam Centraal Station on tram 26. They hire out all the equipment you need and also provide instruction.

Get rolling in Amsterdam

Skating enthusiasts should not miss the Friday Night Skate. Held every Friday throughout the year (as long as the streets are dry), skaters get rolling from the Vondelpark on a tour of about 20 kms through Amsterdam. Anyone can join in, it’s free of charge and the skill level required varies according to the planned route. And for skateboarders not content on simply rolling through the city's parks, those who dare to flaunt their tricks and moves on ramps and street furniture can head to outdoor skateparks at Museumplein, Olympiaplein and the skatebowl at Eerste Marnixplantsoen.