Amsterdamse Bos - This landscape park is the largest recreational area in Amsterdam and Amstelveen. Lying about 4 meters below sea level and laid out in 1930s in a project to reduce unemployment. Today, the marshy areas around Nieuwe Meer are nature reserves.
A stretch of water called the Bosbaan flows through the park, and is the venue for rowing competitions in season. At the west end of the water is the Bosmuseum which exhibits on natural and social history of the park, there are also temporary exhibitions.
The Amsterdamse Bos is a home to about 150 variants of foreign and native trees and colourful collection of birds.
Entertainment includes shallow swimming pools, a pancake house, a goat farm. If you want to hire a canoe or pedal boat, heat for the large lake called Grote Vijver.
How to get there:
By car: On the ‘Ring’ around Amsterdam take exit s108. The park is just South of the highway.
By public transport (bus): Take tram line 5, or metro line 51 from Central Station and get out at the ‘E.J. Ernststraat’. Bus 62 from the Amstel Station.