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Why locals love it

This artificial (but big) forest can be found just outside the city on a 20 minute bike from the Museumplein. Forest is a misleading name. It is popular for its wide fields and small pools. Locals go here to run or bike, but also sunbathing swimming or any leisure activity really. There is even a water bike and canoe rental.

Why you should visit it

Although the Amsterdamse Bos is completely artificial, it still creates the feeling of a real forest. The best time to visit is of course in summer, when the sun (and the people) are out here doing their barbecues and throwing their frisbees. But going for a long walk on a windy day is also very pleasant here.

Special tip

Inside the forest there is a little petting zoo with goats, sheep, pigs, cows, horses and chickens which is great for a visit with your kids.

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5 Comments

Good spot for taling a walk
marthy
Local
September 11, 2020
Take those rentalbikes for a little tour and cycle around the Amsterdamse Bos. Have a pancake or just chill out on one of the many open fields. In the summer time you can take the little ferry to the other side of the lake and visit the sweet water beaches there. Enjoy!
Jurriaan
Local
September 27, 2017
It is a big natural park at the boarder of Amsterdam and Amstelveen. You can enjoy there different activities such as swimming, canoeing, rowing, horse riding, picnicking or barbecuing. It has a paddle pool for smaller kids and bigger lake with activities for bigger kids. At one of its parts you can meet a family of the Dutch hairy cows.
An Inactive User
Local Ambassador
July 19, 2017
Your own little hidden ecosystem in Amsterdam. There's a little bit of everything, even cherry blossoms! Great for a cycle through and a picnic.
Rachel
Local
July 14, 2017
Forest, canals, beautiful scenaries
shivam
Local
January 5, 2017

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