Ouderkerk aan de Amstel-A picturesque village on the edge of Amsterdam

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel – a picturesque village on the edge of Amsterdam for tranquility and best views of riverside living

Take a day out of the hustle and bustle of the city of Amsterdam and head to the peaceful, picturesque village of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel for a taste of the glorious Dutch countryside. A slower pace of life, herons, ducks, swans and birdsong awaits visitors at this quaint historic riverside village.

Located about nine kilometres south of the city of Amsterdam, on the bank of the Ouderkerkerplas lake, the enchanting village is connected to the Dutch capital by river Amstel. Ouderkerk aan de Amstel dates back to the twelfth century and is known for its neogothic Roman Catholic church, parish houses and the oldest Jewish cemetery in Netherlands while offering also majestic views and a slice of Dutch riverside living.

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Ouderkerk aan de Amstel  |  Amsterdam
Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

Aside from the tranquility, majestic views, and the wildlife, the village is popular for its windmill, De Zwaan, a Catholic church, Sint Urbanuskerk Ouderkerk, and a Jewish cemetery,  Beth Haim. In the summer months, the Ouderkerkerplas lake is a great place for swimming.

De Zwaan, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

De Zwaan, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel | Amsterdam
De Zwaan, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel | Amsterdam

The De Zwaan in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is a historic, octagonal mill and its original construction dates back to 1638. The mill stood still for a long time and in disrepair. It underwent extensive repairs in 1950 from the substantial money donated by the De Zwaan family in Amsterdam. In return, the De Zwaan family received the mill as a weekend residence and the family name to the mill.

Sint Urbanuskerk Ouderkerk

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Sint Urbanuskerk Ouderkerk

The Sint Urbanus van Ouderkerk was originally built in the years 1865-1867. The building is a three-aisled brick crucifix church with the choir facing east. The church measures 39 meters in length and 25 meters in width.

Beth Haim, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

Beth Haim of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the Netherlands. The property was purchased by the Jewish community in 1614 and features elaborate tombstones. Among the cemetery’s most famous residents are Rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel, a colleague and collaborator of Rembrandt, and the Moroccan diplomat Samuel Pallache.

Places to eat in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

Ouderkerk offers plenty of choice of restaurants and cafes, with riverside terraces, shoulder-to-shoulder on a cobbled street.

The hip Restaurant Jamie van Heije is a popular choice with diners. It offers really good food and where every dish is different in a warm, relaxing interior.

Address: Kerkstraat 56, 1191 JE Ouderkerk a / d Amstel

Tel: ++31 20 496 58 48

Open: Fri / Sat / Sun – 12:00 to 20:00

You may also like Loetje aan de Amstel, which has many windows, giving the light and spacious atmosphere. Located right along the Amstel.

Address: Amstel side 37, 1184 TX, Amstelveen
Tel: ++31 20 472 10 90

Open: 7 days a week | 10:00 to 20:00

How to get to Ouderkerk

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is a popular destination for bike riders from Amsterdam. Visitors could easily hire a bike in town and cycle the 9 km south of the Dutch capital along the Amstel River. Head-out past the Magere Brug or ‘Skinny Bridge’ and you will reach Ouderkerk in 40 minutes, rewarded along the way with fabulous waterfront properties and windmills.

If you are not a saddle-bound explorer, you may want to hire a boat and paddle along Amstel or opt for the simple and fast option of hiring a taxi/Uber from the city to Ouderkerk – you will reach this tranquil haven in 20 minutes.

Nearby places to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel to explore

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is located close to the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest) and the village of Uithoorn, which lies further along the river.

Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest)

Amsterdam Bos | near Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

Amsterdamse Bos is a popular destination but it often goes amiss by visitors to the city. The Bos is Amsterdam’s largest park and recreational area. It is three times the size of Central Park in New York! The forest offer lush greens and grassy meadows with plenty of space for walks, picnics and cycle paths along with a host of activities throughout the year.

Learn more about Amsterdamse Bos – a Complete Guide to 10 Things to do in this glorious forest of wonderland.

Uithoorn

Uithoorn is a small town located a little further to Ouderkerk and is home to 60 hectares of nature reserve and diverse wildlife. It is an incredibly beautiful place for walks, picnics and simply to enjoy the beautiful landscape.

On a final note

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is a perfect destination for a short day-trip from Amsterdam. You can cherish the tranquility of Ouderkerk by day and return in time to Amsterdam as the city comes alive upon dusk.

Sincerely hope that this simple guide of an overview on Ouderkerk aan de Amstel has been valuable in your search for things to do around Amsterdam generally. If so, use the links embedded in this article to book your travels, place to stay or activities you intend to do. TTS earns a commission from qualified bookings/purchases at no cost to you. As always your support is highly appreciated to keep this blog going. Do get in touch if you have any questions about our trusted partners.

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Mayor: Femke Halsema (since 2018)

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Uithoorn – a serene haven where nature, wildlife and history comes together

Uithoorn – a serene haven where nature, wildlife and history comes together

Located to the south of the Dutch capital is a little town called Uithoorn, home to an extensive nature reserve and a haven for wildlife. With simple and beautiful cafes and shops, the area boasts serene landscapes, ideal for walks and picnics. Uithoorn is best known for its historic fort along with its unusual city flag.

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UITHOORN | Amsterdam

About Uithoorn

Uithoorn city flag and coat of arms

Uithoorn city flag
Uithoorn city flag: Wikimedia
Uithoorn coat of arms | Amsterdam
Uithoorn Coat of Arms: Wikimedia

Uithoorn’s city flag and its coat of arms, both of which feature a figure emerging from a golden horn. The town’s name literally means ‘from the horn.

The name De Uithoorn originated from the Middle Ages and it referred to the area or location of the lower courts of St John. The village formed around the courthouse.

Defence Line of Amsterdam

Fast-forward to 1880s, a series of fortifications were built encircling Amsterdam as part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam, also known as Stelling van Amsterdam in Dutch.

The Defence Line of Amsterdam is a 135 km (84 miles) of fortifications consisting of 42 forts. These were built between 1880 and 1920, primarily as a defensive waterline, where it can be easily flooded in times of war. With the invention of air and land defences (tank) the fortifications were obsolete from the time it was built. The Defence Line of Amsterdam is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, (1996) where the public can visit.

Development of Uithoorn

In addition to the Defence Line, a railway was built in 1915. Uithoorn developed very quickly after the Second World War with new neighbourhoods, lakes, ports and shopping centres.

What to expect on a visit to Uithoorn:

Uithoorn is an easy day-trip from Amsterdam and can typically take most of a morning and lunch, perhaps in one of the quaint eateries or a picnic in its beautiful parks. As a guide, here are three highlights of Uithoorn for you to explore:

1 | An abundance of nature and wildlife

Nature reserve. Uithoorn.Amsterdam

Uithoorn is host to 60-hectare nature reserve that surrounds a lake called the Zijdelmeer. The beautiful landscape is made up of grasslands, hay islands and swampy forest. The area offers fantastic spots for walks, and home to a diverse wildlife. There are great spots for picnics as well.

2 | Garden of Bram de Groote

When visiting Uithoorn, look out for the Garden of Bram de Groote. The entry point is along the Boterdijk. This beautiful garden is maintained by a group of volunteers and entry is free. However, note that it is only open to the public during the warmer months of April to September, on the first Sunday of the month.

3 | Fort on the Drecht

Fort on the Drecht, | Uithoorn | Amsterdam
Fort on the Drecht, Uithoorn

Make time to visit Fort on the Drecht, an incredible piece of history. This Fort was built in 1911 as part of a wider defence network built (Defence Line of Amsterdam – mentioned above) around the town from 1880 to 1920. Fort on the Drecht has now been fully restored and is host to a multitude of galleries, studios and exhibitions. It also houses an array of shops and eateries. This marvellous historic place also sometimes, has various cultural activities, glass blowing and wine tasting.

Address: Grevelingen 50, 1423 DN   Uithoorn

How to get to Uithoorn, Netherlands

Uithoorn is conveniently located within a short distance of Amsterdam city. Take bus #170 from Amsterdam Centraal station towards Amstelveen. This bus stops at Uithoorn main bus station, whereupon you disembark and explore the great outdoors and the charming historic fort.

If you plan to explore the surrounding areas of Amsterdam, it is worth looking into purchasing the Amsterdam City and Regional Public Transport Travel Pass for the days you intend to explore the outskirts. The Amsterdam City and Regional Public Transport Travel Pass offer unlimited travel on buses, trams, trains and metros in Amsterdam and surrounds – just hop-on and hop-off without a worry or taking your wallet out for each ride.

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If you are travelling by air, you would arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). There are several ways to reach Amsterdam central either by private transfer or public transport. Amsterdam boasts a comprehensive train network and you could reach Amsterdam Centraal in 15 minutes or if you take the bus/shuttle, you will reach Amsterdam city in 35-40 minutes.

Travelling by train means that you shall be arriving at Amsterdam Centraal Station and from here it is easy to hop onto a taxi or tram to get to your accommodation.

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Finally…

Uithoorn is a hidden gem – a beautiful landscape and picturesque spots where you can experience the serenity of nature, wildlife and a little history of an unspoilt town.

Sincerely hope that this guide has been valuable in your search for Uithoorn and travel to Amsterdam generally. If so, use the links embedded in this article to book your travels, place to stay or activities you intend to do. TTS earns a commission from qualified bookings/purchases at no cost to you and, as always your support is highly appreciated to keep this blog going. Do get in touch if you have any questions about our trusted partners.

Have a splendid time exploring Uithoorn while discovering Amsterdam and surrounds.

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Quick facts on Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam on world map
52° 22′ 40.6416” N and 4° 53′ 49.4520” E

City: Capital of Netherlands

Population: 1,149,000

Mayor: Femke Halsema (since 2018)

Zone: Central European Time Zone | Central European Summer Time

Elevation: -2m (-7ft) – Dam Square

Nearest Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Train Station: Amsterdam Centraal Station

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