Amsterdam City Beaches

Maybe the beach is more to your liking? Amsterdam has seen several ‘real’ city beaches that opened over the last few years. And then there is always the Dutch coast with its sandy beaches, lushes dunes and romantic sunsets, only 25 minutes away by train.

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Amsterdam City Beaches

Stenen HoofdAmsterdam Plage - This smaller city beach is located just West of (and behind) the Central Station at a site called 'Stenen Hoofd'. You can reach it with a 15 minute walk. Just follow the IJ water side. This beach is open until August 15, from noon till 11pm.

Every year in early august the Amsterdam Plage is the venue for the free open air film festival 'Pluk de Nacht' (Pick the Night).  Read more about this festival here.

Location: Het Stenen Hoofd

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Amsterdam City Beaches

Bloemendaal - Within walking distance from Zandvoort lies Bloemendaal where the young, hip and famous go to party (especially on Sunday’s) with music, food, drinks, sea, sand and beautiful people.

You can get to Zandvoort/Bloemendaal by car or by train leaving from Central station. It’s a 25 minute train ride, passing through the city Haarlem and a nice stretch of Dutch landscape.

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Amsterdam City Beaches

Sloterparkbad - The Sloterparkbad is one of the largest recreational water parks of the Netherlands. The swimming pool has several basins, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a diving pool and leisure pools. There’s also a huge outdoor area of 5 hectares, on the banks of the Sloterplas water.  A superb bit nature in the middle of in Amsterdam!

Location: President Allendelaan 3

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Amsterdam City Beaches

Strand Zuid - This city beach is located at the back of the RAI Congress Centre (near Beatrixpark), just south of the centre of Amsterdam. It has 2,000 m2 of sand, chairs, terraces, a beach volleyball field and there are showers. It can be reached by metro line 51 or tram 4 from Central Station. You can also arrive by boat, as there are plenty places to moor your boat and enjoy the atmosphere. The beach is open until August 21, from 10am to 11pm (until midnight on weekends).

Location: Europaplein 22

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Amsterdam City Beaches

BlijburgBlijburg aan Zee

The most popular city beach in Amsterdam is located on the banks of the lake ‘IJselmeer’. It is reachable from Central Station by tram 26 to IJburg or, of course, by bicycle.

This is one of the few city beaches where swimming is officially allowed.

Blijburg has a cafe/restaurant on  the beach with live DJ’s and performances till late in the evening.

This city beach is the only one that stays open all year. In fall and winter is opened during the weekend. All year long they organize special parties like a Halloween party and a Christmas party.

Location: Muiderlaan 1001

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Amsterdam City Beaches

Nemo - This unique city beach can be found on top of the Nemo building, i.e. the large, green ship-like building just East of Central Station. Though not a beach in the true sense of the word, there is sand and from the roof you have a great view over the old city. Sand, water, food & drinks and a view… sounds like a beach to us! To reach it, you can best walk from the Central Station over the 2 modern metal bridges along the large construction site. This beach is open July 4 to September 4.

Location: Oosterdok 2

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Amsterdam City Beaches

Strand West - Strand West is located on the west side of Amsterdam and is one of the larger city beaches. You can reach it by bike; the beach is located along the banks of the IJ. There is a café/restaurant on the beach of Strand West as well. To get there with public transport, take bus 22 from Central Station west bound, to the ‘Spaarndammerbuurt’.

Location: Stravangerweg 900

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ZandvoortZandvoort - The closest ‘official’ beach.

The North Sea beach town Zandvoort is surrounded by a splendid natural reserve. With good weather it is the ideal place for sunbathers.

In the evening one can enjoy a wonderful meal at one of the beach restaurants or one of the many restaurants in the town of Zandvoort. Make sure you also catch that beautiful sunset. On a cloudy day it’s a lovely place to walk and enjoy nature.


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