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Best trails in Amsterdam

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Looking for a great trail near Amsterdam, North Holland? AllTrails has 33 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Nationaal Park Utrechtse Heuvelrug, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen or Utrechts Landschap. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 29 easy trails in Amsterdam ranging from 1.4 to 24 miles and from -26 to 68 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Art & History Walking Tour from Amsterdam Central
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Take a walk through Amsterdam's history to learn why it remains one of the most influential cities in Europe When most people think of Amsterdam, they likely think of some of the more controversial practices and beliefs for which the liberal city is known. The Red Light District and cannabis-selling coffee shops may first come to mind. While these liberal practices make up a part of Amsterdam's character, it is first and foremost a city of history and culture. This tour starts at the Amsterdam Central Station. It takes you down the main pedestrian thoroughfare, Damrak, where you will walk through busy Dam Square and have the chance to tour the New Church and Royal Palace. Next, learn about one of Amsterdam's most famous stories, that of Anne Frank and her family, by visiting the annex where they hid for more than two years until discovered by Nazis. Learn about the key role Amsterdam played in European trade and how this small city became a central market for the western world. See where Rembrandt, one of the most famous Dutch painters, spent his life while mastering his craft and hear the sad tale about the decline of his career and how he outlived his wife and four children Finish by touring the oldest church in Amsterdam and admiring the light through the high windows. There's also plenty to see outside the central city: several world-class museums including the Van Gogh Museum, which houses the largest collection of his paintings, and the all-encompassing Rijksmuseum, the Heineken Brewery, several parks and hidden canals, and the Red Light District and coffee shops for which Amsterdam has become known.Show more
#2 - Around the River IJ
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 4 h 45 m
The loop around the IJ is an exploration along the quays, bridges, locks, barges, yachts, houseboats, sheds, warehouses, terraced scaffolding, dyke houses, decaying businesses and brand new architecture. And always with the sloshing and rippling water of the IJ in the background! First you take the ferry (Buiksloterveer) for free to the other side of the river. The new EYE (movie museum) beckons for a visit, or climb the observatory tower A'dam Lookout for views over the entire city. Next through the Vogelbuurt to enjoy the silent-mysterious Vliegenbos. You walk along the beautiful Nieuwendammerdijk, with its old lock, a perfect place for lunch, and on to the old abandoned village Schellingwoude. Cross the Orange Locks and visit the wonderful Zeeburgereiland. Here you’ll have the most magnificent views on the harbor. Then into the domain of the Eastern Docklands, where the harbors are overgrown by new residential areas for families with children in buggies. The variation in architectural styles is highly worth seeing: an example of modern city planning that Vliegen and his mates would be proud of. Is the bridge therefore named after his descendant, Jan Schaefer? At the end of the bridge on the right is the landing place for huge cruise ships. Finally, the special Muziektheater with Bimhuis and a breathtaking terrace with a view on the IJ.Show more
#3 - Vondelpark East Loop
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 10 m
The Vondelpark is a popular walking spot for Amsterdammers. This small loop takes you through the eastern point of the park.Show more
#4 - Amsterdam to Amstelveen through the Amsterdam Forests
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 4 h 24 m
This route runs from Amsterdam Central Station to the Amstelveen district Bovenkerk, from where you can take the bus to Schiphol or Amsterdam South. The tour passes a number of famous Amsterdam points, such as the Burgerweeshuis, the Vondelpark, the Amsterdamse Bossen and De Amstelveense Poel.Show more
#5 - Historic Amstel Trail
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 11.9 mi • Est. 5 h 17 m
The city of Amsterdam owes its existence to the river Amstel. This route starts at Amsterdam Central Station and from there follows the Amstel to Oudekerk aan den Amstel. Rembrandt regularly walked this route to paint the Amstel and the Riekermolen. From the station you walk over the Damrak, the Dam and the Rokin along De Munt where the Amstel begins. From here you follow the river and pass various sights and parks. This route takes you on the east side of the river to Amsterdam Amstel train station, but the route is easy to shorten.Show more
#6 - De Pijp Neighborhood Walking Tour
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
Heineken Experience, Cuypstraat Markt, Sarphatipark, Amsterdam School architecture and more. Discover De Pijp of Amsterdam with this walking route. You will learn about the diamond industry in Amsterdam before the Second World War, the history of the Heineken Brewery, the largest open air market in the Netherlands and see a number of architecture works from the Amsterdam School.Show more
#7 - Jordaan Neighborhood Walk
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
A leisurely walk through the unique Jordaan neighborhood. Since 2009, the Jordaan, along with the rest of Amsterdam's canals, has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Discover hidden courtyards, cozy cafes, beautiful canals and 17th and 18th century architecture, where the proud working-class past still shines through.Show more
#8 - De Bretten
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
Between the Haarlemmerpoort and Halfweg there is a landscape that few really know: the Brettenzone, named after the former country house Huis te Bretten. An alternation of old and new, agricultural and industrial landscape, infrastructure and nature. The Brettenzone stems from the famous General Expansion Plan of Amsterdam from 1935. This provided for a green zone between the Western Garden Cities and the port area. But the implementation focused primarily on housing and port expansion. Between them remained a fragmented area, an open-air museum of half-executed plans, a rich but undiscovered cultural landscape. This walk does not start at the Haarlemmerpoort but at Sloterdijk train station and goes to the Halfweg station. Highlights along the way include; remnants of the first Dutch railway line between Amsterdam and Haarlem, and remnants of the medieval IJdijk. There are also several sports parks and allotment garden parks in the area. The Haarlemmertrekvaart, which was built in 1631, is striking in the area. You will also come across the field of football club AFC DWS (By Wilskracht Sterk) This club has played under the name of FC Amsterdam and had its home base in the Olympic stadium. Direction Halfweg are the Amsterdam nature reserves De Kluut and Lange Bretten, a city wilderness that you can stroll through. There is a lookout hill in the long Bretten. Almost at the end of the walk you will come across an almost forgotten piece of Amsterdam's history. A ban marker (limit marker) from 1624, which marked the border where the exiles and criminals were banned from Amsterdam. Rembrandt must have walked this dike around 1650. From his front door in the (Joden-) Breestraat he had not had to do anything else but follow the old medieval IJdijk. First through the busy city, across the Sint Antoniesdijk, the Zeedijk, the Haarlemmmerdijk. After a walk of more than two hours, he saw the four-kilometer-wide IJ on his right, and on the left the vast peat meadow area of the Binnenwechs Polder. When he narrowed his eyes, he saw the sailing boats on the Haarlemmermeer behind it. The quiet Spaarndammerdijk (later Spaarnwouderdijk) was a busy connecting route to Haarlem until around 1630, but the traffic had largely moved to the Haarlemmertrekvaart and the adjacent path. In the neighborhood of Spieringshoorn, Rembrandt took his drawing stuff and sketched the homeland Overzaan, a drinking dog, a man with a scythe in the distance, and the then only 25-year-old ban. At home he would develop his drawings into an etching. It took ages for people to know where the ban had been and where it once stood. At the instructions of a farmer, he was dug up in 1927 and placed on the site of the Halfweg steam pumping station, in 1947 he moved to the garden of the Stedelijk Museum. In connection with the construction of the new wing of the Stedelijk, he was moved to the garden of the Beatrixoord sanatorium behind the Tropenmuseum. Since the sanatorium was closed in 1976, the garden belongs to the Oosterpark. Here he ended up in the sandbox. And anyone who has ever seen a four-year-old playing with a metal scoop understands why the ban is no longer so cool. In 1999, Paul van Deursen of "Brettenzone Natural Association" suggested the idea of "giving him a worthy place in his original environment". Exact relocation of the ban marker was impossible, because according to Van Deursen the DHL forwarder is currently located at Scharenburg 1. The Spaarndammerdijk has been excavated there and there is nothing else reminiscent of the situation as it was immortalized by Rembrandt. For a number of years, he has now almost reached the spot where he once stood.Show more
#9 - Amstel - Zorgvlied
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
What do Harry Mulisch, Annie MG Schmidt, Herman Brood, Oscar Carré, Ramses Shaffi, Jan Hein Donner and Willem Endstra have in common? They are all buried at Zorgvlied, along with many more celebrities. What Père-Lachaise is to Paris, Zorgvlied is to Amsterdam. This green walking route takes you from Amstel station via Martin Luther King Park to Zorgvlied Cemetery and from there through Amstelpark to RAI Station. From the Amstel station you can walk straight onto the Vrijheidslaan. Before the Second World War this avenue was called Amstellaan. In 1945 it was renamed Stalinlaan, just like there are Rooseveltlaan and Churchilllaan. All three are named after rulers of countries where the war liberators lived. After the invasion of Hungary, Stalinlaan became Vrijheidslaan. Here you have a view of the second high-rise apartment complex that was built on the European mainland in the early 1930s. In Amsterdam, the flat is known as the Skyscraper. When you come to the end of the Kromme Mijdrechtstraat, you will see the Rembrandt Tower in front of you. This is currently, in 2012, the highest tower in Amsterdam and measures almost 150 meters. More than 3x as high as the meager 48 meters of the Skyscraper. At the Kromme-Mijdrechtstraat you walk along the tram depot Lekstraat from 1927. The walk across the Zorgvlied cemetery leads you to graves that are listed as a monument and graves of famous Dutch people. Because this route section cannot do without an extensive description, it is better to get it at the entrance or view the directions. From its opening, the cemetery quickly gained the status of an elite cemetery. Zorgvlied is a particularly attractive cemetery, an "oasis for the soul". The beautiful nature has fully blossomed in the past century. Some funerary monuments, the auditorium and the office villa are monumental. The book "Walking over Zorgvlied" is for sale at the reception of the Zorgvlied office for € 22.50. Authors Marcel Bergen and Irma Clement tell about 140 years of history of this historic cemetery. They also offer tours of the cemetery. There is an information kiosk at the reception of the office where you can request and print a few circular walks. The white villa used to be the count's house and, like the entrance gates, is a listed monument. You leave the cemetery again via the entrance gate and walk along the Amstel to Amstelpark. The name of the park was created in 1971 and the park was built for the Floriade of 1972. After the closure of the Floriade, a beautiful park remained, in which a large part of the facilities that had been built for the event remained. These include the Amstel train (a narrow gauge train), a maze and a rosarium. The walk ends at Amsterdam RAI station.Show more
#10 - Amsterdamse School Walk
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
The Amsterdam School is known and famous beyond national borders. Plan Zuid by the architect HP Berlage, largely filled in by architects from the Amsterdam School, received the same international recognition. The Plan South, based on the Housing Act, was primarily an artistic design; urban design and architecture came together. Berlage made a total plan, in which wide boulevards enclosed quiet streets, courtyards and squares. This walk takes you past the results of this architectural style in South Amsterdam, but there are also striking examples elsewhere. The Berlage bridge dates from 1932. The green bands beneath the sculpted female figure on the west side of the bridge keeper tower (red Limburg brick) represent the city canals, the figure itself being the genus of Amsterdam. JF Staal's Skyscraper can be seen from the bridge in line with Vrijheidslaan. The Vrijheidslaan is the gateway to Amsterdam-Zuid and intersects residential areas with quiet squares and non-through roads. Via the first street on the right after the Berlagebrug you arrive in such a neighborhood. The Skyscraper (the 'Twelve storey house') by JF Staal on Victorieplein dates from 1931, it was the first in the city. Here the Vrijheidslaan splits into the Rooseveltlaan (left) and the Churchilllaan. The demolition for the new building on the right-hand side on the corner of Victorieplein caused a lot of controversy because it would break the unity in the facades (a characteristic of the Amsterdam School). The fact is that there was just that unity here (see also the opposite corner on the other side of the square at the beginning of the Rooseveltlaan). You also come to the southern part of the Pijp, a big difference with speculation in the rest of the Pijp. There are no boulevards in this part of Berlage's design; the design is smaller. Here is a symmetrically arranged neighborhood, entirely in the style of the Amsterdam School (with the neighborhood around the Zaanhof the most beautiful thing that this style has produced). Note the waves in the roofs here, the tiles seem to have been applied more as decoration than as roof cover. The symmetry that is present in the entire neighborhood is beautifully reflected in the (right) corner solution. De Dageraad (see the letters above) was a social-democratic housing association, co-founded by PL Tak. Striking are the many courtyards and squares in Plan Zuid (Coöperatiehof, Thérèse Schwartzeplein, an expression of idealism among the architects: they wanted to reinforce the we-feeling of the workers. The houses were designed by PL Kramer and M. de Klerk (for De Dawn) The bricks are processed vertically and horizontally Also note the 'ladder windows', a point of criticism of residents: they are difficult to shake in. Also the layout of the houses of the Amsterdam School sometimes criticizes: The route also passes the former Social Insurance Bank office (1939). D. Roosenburg built an office (the high-rise building) and an archive section. because of the revolving archive system) archive building was completely demolished and rebuilt in 1992. Then you arrive in the Harmoniehof, between 1920 and 1923 designed by JE van Essen for housing association “De Samenwerking . It is one of the villages within the city. Number 40 in the Cliostraat is the First Open Air School for the Healthy Child, an example of a different architectural style, the Nieuwe Bouwen. Almost at the end of the walk you will come to the Minervaplein, the largest square in Plan Zuid. In Berlage's design, the Minervalaan would become a broad shopping boulevard and access to the Zuiderstation and the second entrance to Plan Zuid (next to Victorieplein). But the station was scrapped from the plans. It was only in 1976 that Station Zuid, in a completely different form, arose here. The end of this walk. The station is already being renovated to give the World Trade Center more allure and to expand. Just before reaching the end point you walk through the southern Minervalaan. Here you see an impressive row of wing nuts (trees), planted in 1945 and grown into a beautiful avenue with the more expensive houses of the city on either side.Show more
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