Discover Amsterdam away from the canals

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Amsterdam is one of the most popular cities for a short trip. Of course, the Dutch capital also has a lot to offer. But in addition to the famous sights and canal trips you may already know, there are also some secret corners that will make your city trip away from the tourist crowds something very special.

For example, how can you not be recognized as a tourist, what tastes best locally and what places not everyone knows yet? We show you ten special highlights away from hotspots.

1. Amsterdam-West with Westergasfabriek

About 30 minutes’ walk from the center, west of the canal ring, is this charming area: the houses and canals in Amsterdam-West are at least as beautiful as the center. However, it is not that crowded here – you will certainly encounter far fewer tourists on a stroll.

The Haarlemmerweg leads directly to the Westergasfabriek.

For example, the old gas factory, Westergasfabriek, is interesting here. Numerous events take place here throughout the year. A culinary highlight in the west are also the food halls, in which there is a street food market.

2. Cycling to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

Of course, cycling shouldn’t be missing. After all, Amsterdam is known around the world for an excellently developed network of cycle paths. This way you can easily explore places or regions. Obviously even the less known ones.

A nice place to visit is, for example, the historic village of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, about ten kilometers south of the center of Amsterdam.

Special attractions, such as particularly beautiful and impressive churches, have been drawing visitors here since the 12th century. An example was built in the 18th century, a neo-Gothic church dates from the 19th century. You will find unique funerary monuments at the Jewish-Portuguese Cemetery Beth Haim.

3. The area of ​​the NDSM construction site: art and culture

In 1978 the Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Maatschappij (NDSM) shipyard was closed. The whole area then fell into disrepair, but here a privileged cultural meeting point emerged. Trendy bars line up with restaurants, studios and galleries. Here a whole new world is created: empty halls come to life.

New life is emerging in the former NDSM shipyard. Nice trendy bars and shops open there again and again.

To see for yourself, for example, you can use a free ferry behind Amsterdam Central Station. You can then reach the NDSM shipyard in just ten minutes.

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4. The picturesque city of Haarlem

Beautiful is this city, which you can find about 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam. There is an abundance of history and culture here, as well as select shops, cafes and restaurants.

The beach is also not far away: it is less than ten kilometers from the North Sea coast, which can be perfectly traveled by bicycle over a dune landscape. The Spaarne also flows here.

5. Vondelpark – relaxation in the countryside

Are you looking for relaxation in the countryside? Then the Vondelpark is worth it. This green oasis With its 47 hectares is classified as a Historic Monument. Since 1865, most locals have been looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

The entrance to the beautiful Vondelpark in Amsterdam.

Here you feel like you are in another world as soon as you cross the gate with the golden letters: quiet corners with benches, beautiful ponds, a large lawn and a wonderful rose garden invite you to relax. With the picnic blanket under your arm you are perfectly equipped.