Route 4: Out of town on the Amstel river
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city
If the weather is calm and warm, and if you want to escape from the crowds in the city center, this is your best bet. The curvy Amstel river will lead you into the peaceful and green countryside. This is where Amsterdam locals go to unwind: strolling, jogging, cycling, rowing or even swimming.
Going all the way down to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is definitely too ambitious, our boats are too slow for that. Back and forth to restaurant Klein Kalfje is a better idea.
The round trip to Klein Kalfje takes about two hours, leaving some time for a relaxed picnic and/or swim break somewhere along the way.
What to expect on this route?
This route is not about intense sightseeing on enchanting canals full of architectural highlights. This route is about tranquility, wide views, birds and countryside.
However, even on this route you will see some sights of interest:
1. buildings and bridges by famous Amsterdam architect Berlage
2. the skyline at the Amstel station
3. the Martin Luther Kingpark
4. Zorgvlied Cemetery
5. country houses such as Amstelrust
6. the Riekermolen windmill
7. a statue of painter Rembrandt van Rijn
8. café-restaurant Klein Kalfje
This route on the map
There’s no other route as easy to follow as this one. Just to be sure, we will give you a map with this route on it. So you know what to expect and what to look out for.
A basic preview of the route is also available on Google Maps at the top of this page.