Nature walks in Amsterdam

Shorter nature walks in Amsterdam that are easy to reach and selected with the idea of developing a respect for nature in children growing up in the city.

I grew up next to nature and spent much of my youth within it. I think it helped make me respect and value nature anywhere in the world. Observing children in Amsterdam, I find that many are disconnected with nature. These walks are selected to take a minimum of time, with the idea that they are done regularly, perhaps as a Sunday morning routine.

Most of these walks have interesting things for children to see or do enroute. This includes playgrounds or farms, however any route is as interesting as you make it. For example, take a pair of binoculars and see what birds you can spot. Or butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, fungi...

The map shows a selection of walks I think are suitable for children. Most are pushchair friendly; it's never to early to form a bond with nature.

Trage Tocht Amstelveen Middelpolder

The 12 km Trage Tocht Amstelveen Middelpolder is a loop-walk that circles and goes through the polder south of Amsterdam and then follows the Amstel river.

The 12 km Trage Tocht Amstelveen Middelpolder is a loop-walk that circles and goes through the polder south of Amsterdam and then follows the Amstel river.

The 12 km Trage Tocht Amstelveen Middelpolder is a loop-walk that circles and goes through the polder south of Amsterdam and then follows the Amstel river.

The 12 km Trage Tocht Amstelveen Middelpolder is a loop-walk that circles and goes through the polder south of Amsterdam and then follows the Amstel river.

Amstelpark

The 4 km Amstelpark Amsterdam walking route is a loop-walk that passes by the Maze, Amstel-train, oranjerie, Rhododendron Valley and children’s playground.

The 4 km Amstelpark Amsterdam walking route is a loop-walk that passes by the Maze, Amstel-train, oranjerie, Rhododendron Valley and children’s playground.

The 4 km Amstelpark Amsterdam walking route is a loop-walk that passes by the Maze, Amstel-train, oranjerie, Rhododendron Valley and children’s playground.

The 4 km Amstelpark Amsterdam walking route is a loop-walk that passes by the Maze, Amstel-train, oranjerie, Rhododendron Valley and children’s playground.

Boerenwandeling

The 4.5 km Boerenwandeling is walking route no. 3 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk passes the Meerzicht farm and Ridammerhoeve goat farm.

The 4.5 km Boerenwandeling is walking route no. 3 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk passes the Meerzicht farm and Ridammerhoeve goat farm.

The 4.5 km Boerenwandeling is walking route no. 3 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk passes the Meerzicht farm and Ridammerhoeve goat farm.

The 4.5 km Boerenwandeling is walking route no. 3 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk passes the Meerzicht farm and Ridammerhoeve goat farm.

NS De Bretten

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The 10 km long NS De Bretten trail connects Halfweg-Zwanenburg with Amsterdam Sloterdijk. The route has many activities that are nice for older children.

The 10 km long NS De Bretten trail connects Halfweg-Zwanenburg with Amsterdam Sloterdijk. The route has many activities that are nice for older children.

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The 10 km long NS De Bretten trail connects Halfweg-Zwanenburg with Amsterdam Sloterdijk. The route has many activities that are nice for older children.

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The 10 km long NS De Bretten trail connects Halfweg-Zwanenburg with Amsterdam Sloterdijk. The route has many activities that are nice for older children.

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Hooglanderwandeling

The 6 km Hooglanderwandeling is an unmarked loop-walk in the Amsterdam Forest. The walking route passes by Scottish Highlander cows and the Schinkel Forest.

The 6 km Hooglanderwandeling is an unmarked loop-walk in the Amsterdam Forest. The walking route passes by Scottish Highlander cows and the Schinkel Forest.

The 6 km Hooglanderwandeling is an unmarked loop-walk in the Amsterdam Forest. The walking route passes by Scottish Highlander cows and the Schinkel Forest.

The 6 km Hooglanderwandeling is an unmarked loop-walk in the Amsterdam Forest. The walking route passes by Scottish Highlander cows and the Schinkel Forest.

Koenenwandeling

The 7 km Koenenwandeling is walking route no. 1 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk passes the Bosbaan, wetlands, lake, and farm landscapes.

The 7 km Koenenwandeling is walking route no. 1 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk passes the Bosbaan, wetlands, lake, and farm landscapes.

The 7 km Koenenwandeling is walking route no. 1 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk passes the Bosbaan, wetlands, lake, and farm landscapes.

The 7 km Koenenwandeling is walking route no. 1 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk passes the Bosbaan, wetlands, lake, and farm landscapes.

Parkboswandeling

The 6 km Parkboswandeling is walking route no. 2 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk passes through forest and goes over the Grote Huevel (Big Hill).

The 6 km Parkboswandeling is walking route no. 2 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk passes through forest and goes over the Grote Huevel (Big Hill).

The 6 km Parkboswandeling is walking route no. 2 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk passes through forest and goes over the Grote Huevel (Big Hill).

The 6 km Parkboswandeling is walking route no. 2 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk passes through forest and goes over the Grote Huevel (Big Hill).

Vijverwandeling

The 4 km Vijverwandeling is walking route no. 4 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk circles the Grote (Large) and Kliene (Small) Vijvers (Ponds) and passes the play islands.

The 4 km Vijverwandeling is walking route no. 4 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk circles the Grote (Large) and Kliene (Small) Vijvers (Ponds) and passes the play islands.

The 4 km Vijverwandeling is walking route no. 4 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk circles the Grote (Large) and Kliene (Small) Vijvers (Ponds) and passes the play islands.

The 4 km Vijverwandeling is walking route no. 4 in the Amsterdam Forest. The loop-walk circles the Grote (Large) and Kliene (Small) Vijvers (Ponds) and passes the play islands.