Our Gay Couple Biking Trips brings us this time to the green lounge of the Dutch capital, to the Amsterdamse Bos – the Forest of Amsterdam. Located in the South-West of the city of Amsterdam, the man-made nature preserve is home to hundreds of different bigger and smaller animals, beautiful gardens, waterways, and of course, wood. All year-round, the Forest of Amsterdam offers its visitors space to breathe fresh air and relax from busy everyday life in a peaceful green environment just 30 minutes by bike from the city center of Amsterdam. We love to bike as it is part of our daily life. But we also like to enjoy a good biking trip to explore the Netherlands around our home city, Amsterdam. This time we want to give you a short inside how beautiful an excursion to the forest of Amsterdam by bike can be. Take a look at our tour map and if you have time for some extra biking fun on your Dutch bike, add this biking tour to the forest and the Scottish Highland Cows to your gay travel itinerary for Amsterdam. Enjoy our Gay Couple Biking Trip to Amsterdamse Bos and experience the beauty of the Netherlands through a gay couple of men‘s eyes.
Map: Bike from Amsterdam to Amsterdamse Bos
Biking to a small island park at Olympic Stadium
When the weather is sunny and warm like this Sunday, there is only one way to go: outdoors on an autumn day in the Amsterdamse Bos! In our opinion, there is no better way to recharge the batteries than spending the rare free time outside. After packing our backpacks with drinks, snacks, and our Nikon Camera, we are more than ready to start our trip into the woods. The green lung of Amsterdam, in the southwest of the city center of Amsterdam, is an idyllic and peaceful nature spot reachable by bike in less than 30 minutes. But before we arrive in the “Forest of Amsterdam” we stopped at the small island Park between Olympiakanaal, Stadiumgracht and Schinkel. This small green island is just a beautiful spot on your way to the forest with a view over boathouses and canals.
Free admission to the Forest of Amsterdam
You can enter the Amsterdamse Bos unconcerned wherever the path leads your way into the woods, there is no main entrance or something like that. The nature Park is subdivided by water areas, wide meadows, and parts of dense forests. And who looks closely through the green flora can observe the Amsterdamse Bos wildlife: a variety of birds, insects, wild rabbits, and Scottish Highland Cows is living in the forest. Have a picnic, take a sunbathed, have a swim: Amsterdam’s green lounge is the place to go on warm summer days, sunny autumn weekends, and a great location to discover the first signs of spring.
It does not really matter when you are in the forest of Amsterdam, a breeze will be always part of your adventure. The wind guided us our way and let us feel the arriving cool breeze while enjoying the beautiful green and colorful trees and plants of the forest. We really like to stop in between to just sit in the sun somewhere close by a waterside, watching dancing insects on a water surface and grazing Scottish Highland Cows on wide damp fields in the sun. No traffic, no noise.. What else is necessary to simply be so close to the busy Amsterdam city life?
Amsterdam Bos is a man-made project
As you can imagine, the “Amsterdamers” love this place to get away from the stress and hustle and bustle of everyday life. But do you know that this green piece of earth is man-made? The first ideas of a forest nearby Amsterdam have been already made around 1900. The project was finished by planting the last trees in 1970. In all the years in between, men of different nationalities from all over Europe worked on this Dutch mammoth project. In the early 1930ies, building the forest was a welcome job creation scheme in times of crisis in Europe. But also Jewish prisoners of the Second World War were forced to be part of the construction. Today the “Forest of Amsterdam” is almost 3 times bigger than Central Park in New York and one of the most beautiful natural parks in Europe so close to a metropolis. If you are staying in Amsterdam for some days, a Gay Couple Biking Trip to Amsterdam Forest will be a memorable experience.
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With plenty of bars, clubs, and outdoor spaces to meet guys, Amsterdam is definitely not a city inspiring abstinence. Have a look at John’s Amsterdam Gay Cruising guide for the best gay cruising experience in the Dutch capital including tips for gay bars, gay clubs, and outdoor cruising areas in nature
Biking Tips for LGBTQ+ Travelers in Amsterdam:
The capital of the Netherlands is well known for its biking citizens, bicycle path, and parking areas filled with hundreds of bicycles. Our advice: Keep an eye on the street, always! Bike on the right side of the bicycle trail and give a clear hand sign for the direction! And as a pedestrian: mind the clear-stated bike paths!
The Dutch capital is considered to be one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world. By legalizing same-sex marriage as the first country in the world already in 2001, the Netherlands and its capital offer a diverse LGBTQ+ friendly cultural program throughout the whole year. One highlight of the Summer is undoubtedly (Gay) Pride Amsterdam.
Gay Couple Biking Trips Amsterdam Forest
On our way back home in the late afternoon, a shortstop for a snack or dinner is mandatory, right? One Tip for a stop in the forest is actually the “Pannenkoeken Boerderij Meerzicht“. Try a Dutch specialty like a pancake! As the Dutch people would say: Eet smakelijk (Dutch for “enjoy your meal”). During the year we are doing a couple of biking trips in and around Amsterdam. Check our Gay Couple Travel Blog for the next Gay Couple Biking Trips and add them to your Gay Travels to Amsterdam and the Netherlands.
Karl & Daan.