Whatever time of year you visit Amsterdam - spring, summer, autumn
or winter - there's always plenty to do!
There are hundreds of pubs, hip clubs, discos and restaurants - almost every international cuisine is represented - but also many theatres, cinemas and shows. Apart from that, Amsterdam is a shopping mecca! There are several shopping promenades throughout the entire city, along which many famous houses of couture are represented. And, as befits a world city, the stores are open seven days a week (but only on the afternoons on Sundays and Mondays).
In short, everyone will feel at home in this cosmopolitan and vibrant city! Abandon yourself fearlessly to the rhythm of this metropolis, but also enjoy the quiet in one of the beautiful parks of Amsterdam. The Vondelpark is, of course, the most well-known park, but the Gaasperpark is often called the most beautiful park of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Tourist Board offices can be found in several locations throughout the city. Here you can get information about museums, theatres, events, maps, walking and cycling routes, etc. For example, one ATB office across from the Central Station, and another inside it (track 2).
In Amsterdam South-East, where the Gaasper Camping Amsterdam is located, you will also find the largest and newest nightlife and entertainment area of the Netherlands. The Ajax soccer temple, the Amsterdam Arena, is the focal point. Many music events are organized in the Amsterdam Arena as well. For the real soccer enthusiast, there is the Ajax museum, a chance to tour the stadium, or even to attend an Ajax training session!
Around the Amsterdam Arena are many restaurants, theatres and theme pubs, including the Pathe Arena with fourteen movie theatres, the Heineken Music Hall and the Pepsi Stage for pop concerts. There are various mega stores on the Arena Boulevard, as well as in the Villa Arena. The Villa Arena has everything under the sun in interior decorating, and with over 80 interior decorating stores is the largest residential boulevard of the Netherlands. At the end of 2003, Amsterdam (South-East) will have another top attraction added: the House of the Future, built like a human body, where visitors can learn everything about the human body as they walk through it.
All of these attractions are barely ten minutes (on public transport) away from Gaasper Camping Amsterdam!
Travelling to Amsterdam by car?
We don't recommend that you visit Amsterdam by car. In Amsterdam, parking is metered almost everywhere (in the centre of the city € 3.00 per hour from 9:00 AM - midnight) and it's often extremely difficult to find a parking spot for your car. On the other hand, public transport in Amsterdam is excellent, and the extensive transport network operates 24 hours a day. Your visit to Amsterdam will start in a much more relaxed way! An information booklet (in six languages), as well as public transport tickets, are available from the reception desk of Gaasper Camping Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is also eminently suitable as the starting point for day trips to other cities and places of interest. For example, consider a visit to Zaanse Schans (about 30 km/ 19 miles), a unique area of the Netherlands still in its original 17th century condition, with characteristic wooden houses, and a great variety of windmills. In the Zaanse Schans, a well-to-do region, numerous old-fashioned trades are still practiced in the time-honoured fashion. Wander through the centuries-old streets, visit the still working mills, see how cheese is made from milk at the cheese farm, or how a shoemaker makes clogs from a single piece of poplar wood.
The Keukenhof in Lisse (about 25 km/ 16 miles) is one of the most famous places in the Netherlands, as well as one of the most frequently photographed places of interest in the world! Every year, from March to May, almost one million people admire over seven million flower bulbs on the beautiful and historic 32-acre estate. The Keukenhof in the very heart of the Dutch bulb fields: in the above period, you will see colourful fields in the vicinity, as far as the eye can see!
Of course, the historic fishing villages of Edam, Volendam & Marken (about 30 km/ 19 miles), famous for their traditional dress, distinctive architectural styles and harbours are not to be missed. During the summer months, a historic cheese market is held in Edam every Wednesday, where you can taste and purchase the world-famous Edam cheese.
In Alkmaar (40 km/ 25 miles), the traditional cheese market is held every Friday. At 10:00. there is a whirling show of cheese carriers, who transport their cheeses in the traditional manner on special cheese litters. The historic centre of Alkmaar is also definitely worth a visit.
On warm summer days, sun worshippers are in their element at the famous Zandvoortse beach. Zandvoort (about 30 km/ 19 miles) has a beautiful, wide sandy beach with many (trendy) beach clubs where the fun goes on until the wee hours of the night. From Zandvoort, there are also some beautiful beach hikes, for example in the direction of Bloemendaal. On summer days, we recommend everyone to take the train to Zandvoort: the train trip is only thirty minutes from the Central Station in Amsterdam. Taking a car to the beach is less practical due to the often long traffic jams (of sun worshippers), limited parking availability and high parking rates
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