Grand Hotel Amstelveen
Bovenkerkerweg 81, Amstelveen, Amsterdam, 1187 XC, The Netherlands
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Banpaal near the Amstel river
Grand Hotel Amstelveen
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Travel Tips for Amstelveen
Amstelveen Tourist Information (VVV)
+31 20 641 41 26
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11.00-20.00
Every 1st Sunday of the month 12.00-17.00
Next to the Amstelveen bus station.
Swimmingpool De Meerkamp
Sportcenter De Meerkamp has several indoor and outdoor swimmingpools.
Note that the indoor swimming pools will be in repair July-August 2007.
See website for more info and openingtimes.
De Braak, a park in Amstelveen
Great combination of water and swamp-like nature.
On the website of the nearby Thijssepark (see below) a 1.5-2 h walk though the Thijssepark, De Braak and the Landwehrpark is described in Dutch. However, you can also find a map there that might useful.
Some more info, in Dutch, can be found here: http://www.ivn-amstelveen.nl/
There are several entrances to the park:
Close to Amsterdamseweg 220, between the houses Amsterdamseweg 252-244 and through the Prinsesselaan.
The park can be reached with bus 166 (stop "Oude/Nieuwe Karselaan from direction Amstelveen and stop "Prins Bernhardlaan" from direction Amsterdam).
Close to the park "De Braak" one of the four intact banning poles ("banpalen" in Dutch) of Amsterdam can be found. See my tip on that if you are interested.
Hike around De Poel, a small lake in Amstelveen
This nice pool / small lake lies to the west of Amstelveen and is part of the forest "the Amsterdamse Bos".
It is possible to walk around De Poel, it takes about 1 hour. Convenient entrances are close to the city hall (Laan Nieuwer-Amstel 1) and at the Urbanus church in Bovenkerk (Noorddammerlaan).
There is also a "blossom park" along the way with a 175 m bamboo bridge and a picknick area with cherry trees.
In the winter, De Poel used to freeze over and was a popular place for ice-skating. However, it did not freeze over the last couple of years...Global warming?
The wooden shoe factory and tourist gift shop "Ratterman" can also be found at the Noorddammerlaan, as well as cafe/restaurant Silversant, a good place to relax after this enjoyable walk. See my other tips for more info.
Banning poles (Dutch: Banpalen)
Four authentic "banning poles" (banpaal in Dutch) can be found around Amsterdam. In the past (around 1600 AD) these poles marked the borders of the city. The city of Amsterdam had the rights to apprehend suspects within these borders, and to ban/expel convicts from the territory marked by the banning poles.
Banning was a popular punishment for theives and beggars, but also for cursing, playing dice (gambling) or prostitution.
Interestingly, the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt made an etching showing one of these banning poles. A part of this banning pole, that has been relocated several times, can now be found in the Geuzenbos at the Spaarndammerdijk close to its original position. It is close to the water-pumping station ("gemaal" in Dutch) near Vaalmuiden/Wethouder van Essenweg. A map showing its location in the Geuzenbos can be found here: http://www.westpoortbeheer.amsterdam.nl/recreatie/geuzenbos, click on "wandelkaart".
The other banning poles can be found here:
- Sloterweg in Sloten (1794)
- Amsterdamseweg in Amstelveen (±1625)
- Near the river Amstel, Amsteldijk Noord, close to the Kalfjeslaan in Amstelveen (±1625)
The last banning pole, the one next to the river Amstel, is included in a marked 10 km walk through the Middelpolder, see my off-the-beaten-path tip.
The banning pool on the Amsterdamseweg in Amstelveen is close to the parks "De Braak", "Thijssepark" and "Broersepark" in Amstelveen and a visit to the banning pole could be combined with a visit to these parks. Please see my other Amstelveen tips if you are interested.
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