Ameland Travel Guide

  • Ameland
    by FlyingDutchmen
  • Ameland
    by FlyingDutchmen
  • Ameland
    by FlyingDutchmen

Ameland Highlights

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    FlyingDutchmen says…

     Good place to relax 

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    Zorra80 says…

     nightlife is not too exciting 

  • In a nutshell
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    nighthawk says…

      a good place to escape to for some days  

Ameland Things to Do

  • Let me present Ameland in view

    Ameland, the pearl of the "Wadden" sea is reached by boat over this shallow sea. One boattour will take place through "geulen" and "prielen", the natural canals that are at hightide invisible at the bottom of the sea. The island is formed by a sandbank that got surfaced and became a dune. In ancient times this dune reached all along the coasts of...

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  • Nes, holy water became the...

    In the recreational area "Vleyen" there is a small pool that is fenced of by wooden poles. This is the "holy water" and it used to be a pool that worshipped the Frysian God Forsite, God of justice. Even the cattle that drank from this pool became holy and were untouchable. In the early medieval times (698) the missionary monch Willibrord landed...

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  • Absolute nature, a must visit!

    Do visit the east part of the island, which can be reached by foot, bike or with a special tractor.It is a nature reserve and it s just so beautiful! and peaceful! If you go by the tractor it will be a 2,5 hours outing (approx). Over the beach the driver will take you to the so called "Oerd". After arrival the driver will take you for a walk and...

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  • Hollum, so pictoresque and beautiful

    People on Ameland more and more are making their villages even more special then they already are. Gardens are neat and pretty and in the right season full of flowers and decorative things (varieting from pertty pots to windmills, dwarfs and little ponds with fountains. Walking around the villages is truely a joy and especially off season (so...

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  • Hollum, the Frysian top facades on...

    In Friesland they are numerous, the traditional top facade at buildings, that represent two graceful swans, flanking a pointy shaped pole on a triangle top part of the front and backroof. Especially farms and their surroundings barns have them. Ameland was long time a independant island and still has not much in common with Friesland. In Hollum...

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  • Hollum, the "visafslag" (fish market...

    Of course fishing was one of the cornerstones of the Amelander society. Fish was a main foodgroup and daily to be found on the menu. Traditionaly fishermen brought the fish ashore at the "South West" and from there it was brought in baskets to this place in Hollum. One of the fishermen went to the village-announcer, that rang the bell shouting...

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  • Hollum, the second windmill that...

    In Hollum another remarkable building on the skyline is the windmill. It is one of only two mills that survive the centuries on Ameland, where many windmills used to be. The other one is in Nes. Hollum's windmill bares the wonderful name "Verwachting", which is Dutch for "Expectation". It is since a decade again fully operational and grinds grane...

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  • Hollum, wide selection in wide beaches

    Hollum has in square meters the most public beaches from Ameland. It is surrounded from two sides with beaches that sometimes reach wideness from over 1-2 kilometers. On Hollum's South-Western side the beaches are meeting the "Wadden" sea and relatively narrow. Here are various facilities to start sailing with boats variating from "Valkjes"...

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  • Hollum, the most significant building of...

    From the sea, the lighthouse of Hollum can be seen from a huge distance away. It's 3 times blinking light each 15 second is a guiding light for North sea traffic and the Hollum lighthouse is the highest in it's kind of the Dutch and German "Wadden" islands. With 58 meters above the middle level (term) and a diameter variating from 9,2 (bottom)...

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Ameland Hotels

Ameland Restaurants

  • Being served by the three naughty boys

    Good dining facilities with as speciality fish menu's. Atmosphere is cosy and pleasant. "Amelander Meerval", a deliscious sweet water fish, specialy "grown" on the island.

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  • Largest restaurant in the centre of Nes

    Offering the most space inside and on the terrace, restuarant Heeckeren is bringing a standard menu in combination with several specialities from Ameland. A perfect place to have lunches as well.

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  • Euro-Mexican blend in Friesland

    Rixt is a trendy Euro-Mexican dinner café in the center of Nes. Stylish interior and good service is combined with delicious food. Cool lounge music completes the atmosphere for a very relaxed, enjoyable evening. Beef tagliato - delicious fresh beef tatareVissalade - Salad with fresh surimi and shrimpsGrilled steak fajitas - Mexican dish...

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Ameland Nightlife

  • Party all night long in Nes

    In the high season Ameland is definately not like Terschelling, a party island that attracts especially teenagers and twennies that want to party all night long. Still, also on Ameland there are a few discotheques and Nes has two of them. One is the Swingingmill (the other is "De Lichtboei"). Nice thing is that age doesn't matter here and one...

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  • THE brown cafe on the island Ameland

    The Bloody Mary is a mixed drink, everyone knows that. The Bloody Mary was also the name of a infamous pirate ship and the Bloody Mary is a very nice "brown" cafe in Hollum on the island of Ameland. The cafe is typical Dutch (that's why it is called "brown" (actually this refers to the use of lot's of wood) and has many ship-bow-statues standing...

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  • Sleep! ;-)

    It seems Ameland has night life but we sure didn t try it!Haha, we were beat after days of swimming, cycling, walking!The things we did were a visit to a local in Hollum to see the film 'Midnight Express' and afterwards the pub.We found it far cheaper to drink at the caravan!

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Ameland Transportation

  • Bikes in all sorts and shapes

    A bike doesn't necessarily have to suite one person. Tandems like to bring couples closer together and are a lot of fun as well (especially for the one on the back, that now and then can relax letting the front one do the work). For children there is a wide range of products, variing from a seat on the steeringwheel, seats on the back, to a car...

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  • Riding the bike

    The appropriate means of transport on Ameland is definitely the bike. The island is pretty flat and it's small enough for reaching any place by bike. Such a peaceful experience to ride the bike along the dyke by bike. There are quite a few bike rental stores on the island. And if you have a problem with your bike, you can have it fixed for free in...

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  • The famous mushrooms show you around

    Throughout the whole of The Netherlands there are "mushrooms" telling you the way. These blocks on stone pedestals are ment for hikers and bikers and are often outside villages and towns in nature. The mark routes, as well as directions to villages and special items. On Ameland it is no different.

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Ameland Shopping

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    In many sizes available: Amelander cluggs

    by Pavlik_NL Written Apr 27, 2004

    What to buy: What will you take from an island like Ameland? Well, in the first place "shells" of course. Okay, you can find them plenty on the beach, but in the little tourist shops they have wonderful things made from shells.
    Furthermore there are items that are related to the seals, as well as souvenirs that have a whale, a dolphine or just a general fish in or on them. Last but not least for the foreign guests. What do you say from wooden shoes in the Amelander colours?

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Ameland Local Customs

  • Neat and funny gardens

    The Amelander people have something with gardening. This is visible in almost all gardens in front or the back of the houses. The grass is properly cut and there are flower perches making things colourful and neat. Often in the garden there are little decorative items. Favourite is the little munshkins, made from wooden bars. A reference maybe to...

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  • The legend of the three bars

    The weapon of Ameland is a shield as in the picture. This is of the "heerlijkheid Ameland" (manor AMeland), the times that the island enjoyed complete independance (until the 16th century). On the flag as well as on the weapon of Ameland are on the yellow part diagonal three bars visible. In the other blue part a washing moon is shining. The real...

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  • The flag of Ameland waves everywhere

    Amelanders are still proud of being different from the province, different from the country. Their flag is a symbol of this independance and it is waving everywhere. Twice the repeating of two banners, one blue, one yellow. In the blue a growing moon and in the yellow three diagonal stripes. In the next tip (the weapon of Ameland) the meaning of...

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Ameland Warnings and Dangers

  • Sier, the disappeared village of Ameland

    Somewhere just North-West of the island Ameland, the Northsea is playing tricks with us humans. At rough times quickly parts of the islands disappear into the waves, but the last decades the beaches grwo wider and wider, for several kilometers already. Suddenly one found things in the sand. Stone rings that went deep into the soil. They seemed to...

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  • Dangers of the "Wadden" sea

    The "Wadden" sea is a sea that is dry at low tide and a true sea at high tide. At springtides the water comes up very fast, but normally it also is faster then you might expect. Now, there are many guided tours onto the "Wadden" and they are very interesting, but ... do not ever go alone or without proper guidance into the "Wadden". Few years ago...

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Ameland Off The Beaten Path

  • Buren, long time ago a ship was wrecked

    The sea is full of mysteries and once and a while it suddenly decides to give up one of them. In the outskirts of Buren, towards the Northern parts of Nes, a "pile of blackened wood" is laying in the fields. Well no, look closer and discover that it has the form of the lower part of a ship. on the 8th of January 1991 this was washed upon the shores...

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  • Buren, the "Swartwoude" museum

    In Buren is the fourth museum of Ameland and it shows two sides of the life of centuries ago. First the agricultural ways of living: farmhouses, cattlefarming and everything that was going on to grow food or create the bases for milk and meat, as well as woole. This however often was not enough to make a living and many farmers also added with the...

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  • Buren, the legend of "Rixt from the...

    Rixt was a woman that lived in the silent dunes of "Het Oerd" on Ameland, together with her son Sjoerd. They lived poorly, but in peace with their world, from the stuff the sea granted them by washing it up on the beach. When Sjoerd grew up his urge to set sail grew with every year, though Rixt always made him clear that the dangers were numerous...

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Ameland Sports & Outdoors

  • Or maybe you;ld rather go up in the air

    From the airport in Ballum there are airplanes leaving to push you out on great hights (-:Parachuting, paragliding and also tandemjumps are organised from the village in the centre of the island. Floating above such magnificent place must be a wonderful thing.There are also roundtrips by plane possible, so you don;t necessarily have to jump out to...

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  • With two seas, there's bound to be some...

    Ameland offers many ways to get on the water. Sailing, boating, sea fishing, surfing, waterskiing, speedboats ... you name it, they offer it. Especially from Nes there are many ways in exploring and enjoying the "Wadden" sea and North sea.

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  • Horseriding on long wide beaches

    Some only can dream about it, but here it is possible. Horsebackriding over long and wide beaches. in the low season maybe all alone or just with your boy / girlfriend. Is that not a splendid idea. Well, go to Ameland and experience it. Horses available in maneges at Ballum and Hollum.

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Ameland Favorites

  • Nes

    The main village of Ameland is Nes, this is also the place where you first set foot on Ameland. It is also the most busiest village of the island and I was rather glad we stayed at the other side of the island in the village of Hollum.Nes also has a week market and lots of shops. We loved the cookies the baker sold! Haha, I can still taste 'em so...

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  • Ameland, a holiday paradise for everyone

    Do you like the sea and the beach?Are you interested in history?Is your idea of holiday sportive activities?Do you love to soak in beautiful natural surroundings?Is your goal to get in contact with a different culture?Want to find a quite place to charge up again, but still have lot's to do?AMELAND IS THE PLACE TO BE Ameland did not only please...

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  • The Netherlands and the North sea,...

    When standing on the highest dunetop, you will see in front of you the glorious North sea. The surface can variate from a clear blue with white surf in summertime, romantic bright reflecting orange, red with sparkling stars with sunset as well as veroshious darkbrown with foaming wavetops during a fierce storm. The North sea (570.000 km2) however...

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The "Wadden" sea, sand, water and much more
Favorites
Buren, national nature reservat "Het Oerd".
Off The Beaten Path
Buren, the gate to the wide Eastern dunes
Off The Beaten Path
Hollum, the Langduinen reservate
Things to Do
Hollum, a memorial of a terrible shipwrecking
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Hollum, memorial grave for brave horses
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Hollum, the Abraham Fock museum
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Hollum, to be complete, the other reformed church
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Nes, the old school turned into a artgalery
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Ballum, the "Roosduinen" reservate
Off The Beaten Path
Ballum, from most important to agri-village
Off The Beaten Path
Hollum, the Sorgdrager museum
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Ballum, here too is a Baptist church built
Off The Beaten Path
Hollum, also seat of the Baptist community
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Ballum, let's taste cheese and see how it is made
Off The Beaten Path
Ballum, agriculture and extreme sports
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Hollum, the "other" tower in the village
Things to Do
Ballum, Cammingha's left, rescue service came here
Off The Beaten Path
Ballum, the third tower on the island
Off The Beaten Path
Hollum, the home of a certain Hidde Kat
Things to Do
Hollum, the commandeur houses
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Hollum, a village that in itself is a monument
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No, not the cafe, just the cafe in Nes
Nightlife
Dining a a pretty white horse, euh, house
Restaurants
As if the owners are related (see last tip)
Restaurants
Ameland, green fields for cows grazing
Local Customs
Swimming in the sea: be careful
Sports & Outdoors
With wide beaches there are many possibilities
Sports & Outdoors
Nes, with beautiful houses and streets
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Nes, a famous citizen, cardinal De Jong
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Being active belongs to the island's habits
Sports & Outdoors
Nes, meeting the seals for real
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Nes, the natural museum of Ameland
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Nes, Ilja and the whale
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Nes, the entrance to school through a whale jaw
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Nes, the village windmill is named "Phenix"
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Sheeps, the cattle of the "Wadden"islands
Local Customs
A perfect place for a beach holiday
Local Customs
Nes, what would life be without agriculture
Things to Do
The amazing wide and long beaches of Ameland
Local Customs
Map of Ameland

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