Gaasper Camping Amsterdam is located in the middle of nature and yet close to the bustling city centre of Amsterdam. The metro will take you right into town within 15 minutes. Our team will be more than happy to provide you with sightseeing tips for all the great things that Amsterdam has to offer.
Are you looking for something different from Madame Tussauds or the Red-Light District? We will be happy to share some of our tips with you (just don’t tell anyone else!)… Our secret Top-10:
Amsterdam is criss-crossed by a network of canals, which divide the inner city into 90 islands. Amsterdam boasts 165 (!) different canals with a total length of over 100 kilometres.
Sailing in your own sloop
To explore the canals, and the city, you can board a canal tour boat. But you may find it more exciting to go and explore Amsterdam in your own boat, with a picnic basket on board and enjoying a bottle of cool rosé wine. You can rent your own sloop at Boaty boat rentals. Even better: go through the canals in a real gondola! The gondolier will show you the most romantic places in the city.
Only few tourists know that the roof of the Nemo Museum (close to Central Station) offers one of the most spectacular lounging places of Amsterdam. Palm trees, bean bags and bottles of Prosecco make for a balmy, lazy atmosphere. Moreover, the “rooftop” offers some magnificent views of the Amsterdam skyline.
Behind the façades of the old, Jordaan streets and alleyways of Amsterdam, there are many unique gardens and green courtyards that are a witness of Amsterdam’s rich history. The oldest courtyards date back to the 13th century and are typically Dutch. They’re not easy to find, however. Almost all of them are hidden behind an unobtrusive door or access gate. The oldest existing courtyard is the Sint Andrieshofje from 1613. Follow the Hofjesroute (Courtyard Route) to discover them all. Pick up your route description at the reception desk.
Hidden concerts in unique places
On many a warm summer evening or Sunday afternoon, there are concerts organised in the courtyards of the Jordaan quarter. The beautiful gardens are transformed into spectacular open-air podiums with an exceptional atmosphere.
Shopaholics should not leave Amsterdam without having visited the De Negen Straatjes — the Nine Little Streets. These streets are located in the Jordaan and house numerous small boutiques with (vintage) clothes and shoes (both second-hand and new), trendy home decoration shops, delicatessens, jewellery shops, “pop-up” stores, grocery stores, exclusive restaurants and a lot more. New hotspots are added all the time.
Would you like to secretly get married in Amsterdam? Or do you prefer to take marriage for a “test drive”? Why not get married for real at the Amsterdam Wed and Walk. At Wed and Walk, you can “get married” for the duration of a single day, complete with champagne, rings, wedding dress and photo shoot at a special location in Amsterdam. For more info, visit our reception desk.
The monthly Sunday Market is the best Fashion, Art & Design Market in Amsterdam. Here, you will find design, ceramics, jewellery, vintage, sculptures, affordable art and, last but not least, delicious (organic) food and drink. The market breathes a friendly atmosphere and the product offering is unique. Among the participants are established names but also new talent from the Rietveld Academie, the Design Academy and other young artists. The Amsterdam Sunday Market is organised every first Sunday of the month on the grounds of the Westergasfabriek(Polonceaukade 27).
When visiting Amsterdam, going on a stroll through Vondelpark is a must. In this famous city park, you can enjoy a picnic, cycle around or just go on a stroll. The park also offers several restaurants and cafés.
Concerts surrounded by green
If you’re planning to stay at Gaasper Camping Amsterdam in summer, you can visit the open-air theatre in Vondelpark, where well-known Dutch musicians play for free. On Thursdays, there is classical music. On Fridays, there are dance and ballet performances. On Saturdays, there are performances for children and teenagers in the afternoon, and musical theatre or cabaret in the evening. More info and up-to-date agenda.
Amsterdam is also known for its “coffeeshops”. With a total of 250 coffee shops, it may be difficult to find the best coffeeshop in Amsterdam. Why not sign up for a cannabis tour to experience the world of cannabis in Amsterdam at first hand. The tour will take you along streets lined with coffeeshops, as well as the Hemp Museum. You will find out more about the policy and the history of the cannabis culture. You will discover coffeeshops that offer marijuana of the highest quality.
These red-brick, former tram depots were occupied by squatters before being converted to the breath-taking, bright spaces you can visit today. In 2014, De Hallen were renovated and converted into a cultural complex with a dining hall, a library, a child-friendly café, design shops like the Denim City Store, a cinema, a bicycle repair shop, and even a hotel. It has been the stage for different events including theme markets (such as Dutch design or Organic products). Take a look at their website to find out what’s happening.
A unique experience for film lovers
If you’ve always wanted to watch a film under the stars with a beautiful view of Amsterdam, you should definitely visit the Rooftop Movie Nights. Film fans can watch a film in a unique place in Amsterdam while enjoying fantastic food, cool drinks and delicious cocktails. Watch your favourite films on the large screen under the heavenly stars, with a spectacular view of the city. Whether you’re watching a romantic comedy with your beloved, a thrilling action film with friends or an animated film with your kids, Rooftop Movie Nights offer the best possible rooftop film experience in a beautiful setting.