A Gay Couple Biking Tour | Amsterdam to Muiden to Forteiland Pampus
A Gay Couple Biking Tour Fort Island Pampus The Netherlands – Amsterdam during summer time is the best time of the year to explore the city but also the beautiful Nature around the Dutch capital. But how are the Dutch people doing it? Of course, by bike! This weekend we decided to do a biking trip back into the past to learn more about Dutch history and the defense systems around Amsterdam, which have been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We started our biking tour in Amsterdam center.
After a short ice cream stop at Amsterdam Beach Blijburg, we continued biking along the dike of the IJsselmeer to Muiden. The small Dutch town Muiden has a unique medieval castle called Muidenslot, one of the most beautiful castles in Holland. But this was not our final destination of our biking trip. We were looking forward to taking the ferry to the Forteiland Pampus, to complete our collection of some inspiring photos of our trip together as gay couple travel bloggers around the Netherlands. Join us on our adventure with all information you need to plan your one-day trip with (rental) bikes to Muiden and to the Fort Island Pampus and see a totally different part of the Netherlands through a couple of men‘s eyes.
Biking Tour from Amsterdam to Muiden to Fort Island Pampus
A Gay Couple on tour exploring North Holland, the Netherlands
The sun is shining at full power from the blue sky and together with the warm temperatures, we totally got the Dutch summer mood. Packed with drinks, some light snacks, and sun lotion (really important since you totally underestimate the power of the sun on your bike), we crossed Amsterdam center in an eastern direction passing by Amsterdam Zoo “Artis”, biking around Oosterpark right through the Amsterdam neighborhood ‘Indische Buurt’ towards Flevopark. We love the unique Dutch architecture of the old Grachten houses of Amsterdam, acknowledging how lucky we are to live in this beautiful and gay-friendly city. The first time we get the typical Dutch windy summer breeze was at the dike around the Nieuwe Diep biking towards Blijburg, one of the beaches of Amsterdam.
We as Amsterdam based gay couple travel blogger love to show you our home city the Dutch capital in Noord-Holland. Additional to gay parties, festivals, and events like the gay pride Amsterdam, we love to explore nature and cultural highlights in and around the city by bike. When you are actually busy with planning your gay-friendly trip to Amsterdam, you should have a look at our blog articles about how to rent a boat in Amsterdam, where to get the best dinner in Amsterdam and all you need to know about the annual canal pride parade. If you have any more question, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be glad to help you out and have some drinks with you in our favorite gay bar.
Biking from Amsterdam to Blijburg and further
As you can imagine, we are not the only sunseekers on the “fietsen” (that is how the Dutch call their bikes). So it is kinda busy on the road, but still, there is always time for an ice cream stop at “Ijscupje“ near Blijburg. The ice cream parlor is just one of 16 all around the city with delicious ice cream varieties, some of them typical Dutch likeStroopwafel. Also, you might know the way motorcycle riders say “hi” to each other on the road? Bikers in and around Amsterdam do it the same way. So did we tinkling the way along the dike around the IJsselmeer to Muiden. The Dutch town of Muiden in the province of Noord Holland (North Holland) is a beautiful municipality separated into two parts by a manually operated lockage. Just the moment the barriers opened for the traffic we arrived at the water of the River Utrechtschee Veecht. Muiden is a romantic small town with typical Dutch houses, the Muiderslot castle, wonderful flower gardens, friendly and open-minded inhabitants. Thus, it is worth to plan some extra time to explore Muiden, for example, to have an ice cream at one of the cozy Cafés before you board the ferry to Fort Island Pampus.
Dutch Town Muiden with Muiderslot & Ferry Dock
Now it is time to lock our bikes close to the ferry dock and wait for the Pampus ferry. Btw, the ferry dock is on the first streets on the left after crossing the water. Almost at the end of the street right next to the water, we discovered the sign “ferry to Pampus”. After the guests coming from the island left the ferry, we boarded the ship and took our seats on the sun deck. Don’t worry, there are plenty of seats on top. The trip starts passing by the castle opening up a stunning view over the IJsselmeer. Uncountable sailing boats and Wind Surfers crossing our way cruising towards Muiden and the artificial island Pampus. Our Tip: Buy your ferry tickets online before the trip. It is saving you money and time for the boarding process. The price for an adult (12 years and older) is 17,50 € on board and 16,50 € online.
The forest of Amsterdam called “Amsterdamse Bos” is one of our favorite spots easily accessible by bike from Amsterdam center. The huge artificial forest offers the inhabitants of Amsterdam an escape for a day with wide green areas, lakes, rivers and special inhabitants like the Scottish Highland cattle. Join us on our one-day biking tour to the Amsterdamse Bos with our favorite spots and tips for a successful day out in nature.
Ferry crossing from Muiden to Pampus
The ferry crossing was wonderful with a fresh summer sea breeze and stunning views. It was a great relaxing opportunity to have a break with some cheese snacks and fresh drinks after our biking tour. We got more and more excited about what the island Pampus as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site will look like. We have read interesting stories about the renovations and interactive installations on the island in the middle of the IJsselmeer.
Exploring Pampus – a 19th-century sea fort
After we arrived at the historic defense works of Amsterdam, the friendly staff of the island with their blue shirts welcomed us on Pampus. We got a short introduction how to explore the island and the map of the facility to start our tour around the buildings. The Forteiland can be characterized as a mix of labyrinths of dark or illuminated corridors, interactive (art) installations and natural areas with swallows and swifts. It is a place to explore and learn about the defense systems around Amsterdam composed of dikes, artificial islands and defense works of water ways. Especially the defense of the harbor of Amsterdam was the purpose of Pampus together with the lighthouse island near Durgerdam and the battery at the Diemer seawall.
Dutch History of Defense with view over the IJsselmeer
Take your time on the island and go all the way up the main building and enjoy the 365° panoramic view of the IJsselmeer. We learned a lot about the war history and the way the Dutch people defended themselves by using natural resources like canals and small artificial hills all around their capital and the Netherlands. Especially the movie about all the still existing buildings with film material with a top view is impressive showing the genius plan how to prevent Amsterdam for being conquered by enemies coming from the water or the land.
Good to know about Pampus:
- Opening times: from April to October, Tuesday to Sunday during ferry operating hours
- Entrance Prices: including ferry round trip per adult ( > 12 years ) 17,50 € on board /16,50 € online
- Biking Time from Amsterdam: approx. 1,5 hours (normal speed with short breaks)
Gay Couple Biking Tour Fort Island Pampus
The final thing to do on Pampus was to take a “Radler Beer” (mix of lemonade and beer) and sit by the water side enjoying the waiting time until the ferry boat arrived. Back in Muiden, we took our bikes and biked back the way we came. We actually didn’t have enough time to visit the historic castle Muiderslot. Thus, a good reason for another one-day biking trip from Amsterdam to Muiden and maybe again to Pampus.
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Karl & Daan