Length 11.6 km (7.2 miles), terrain: flat (it's Amsterdam, after all!)
Amsterdam running routes:
Three parks route
Amsterdam canals run
Sloterpark lake loop
Amstel river trail
Amsterdamse Bos run
For more running routes, see Route List.
If you want to get a feel for typical Dutch countryside while you're in Amsterdam, then just head out of town along the Amstel River, and have a run through the fields and villages south of the city.
|The Amstel south of Amsterdam|
NOTE: If you want a longer run, just keep running south. The road along the river continues for many kilometers.
So, if you're ready to experience a bit of Dutch country life, let's get ourselves to the RAI train station. It's serviced by Metro lines 50 and 51, as well as the number-4 tram-line from the city center.
|The unattractive start of the run at the RAI station|
After passing the A10 Autosnelweg (motorway) entrance ramps on the left side, you'll see the main entrance into Amstelpark on the right, the white entrance with the blue gates.
|Amstelpark entrance gate|
|Already in paradise: turn right here at the Midgetgolf, and head through the park|
The park has ponds, playgrounds, a little railroad, lots of specialized gardens and ecological projects. A great place to feel good about the human race! The wooded areas have the feeling of a botanical garden, with lots of interesting trees creating exotic effects.
Leave the park at its south entrance with the crazy-looking stainless-steel gates, and you'll run right towards an old windmill, the Riekermolen. This won't be the last windmill along this run, you'll pass another one later, on the other side of the river.
|The Riekermolen windmill|
Now turn right and follow the river road southwards, with the water to your left. You'll just stay right along the water for the next five kilometers on this road called Amsteldijk.
|Traditional riverside restaurant along the way|
|Runners along the trail|
|House along Amsteldijk|
|In Ouderkerk village|
Turn left at the first cross-street, Hoger Einde, on the other side, and follow this riverside road northwards along the east side of the river. The street-name later changes to Ouderkerkerdijk, but it's similar to Amsteldijk: just a few local cars and tractors -- and quite a few bikes -- make their way down the road.
|Crossing the bridge|
When you get back to the spot opposite Amstelpark, you'll approach the loud A10 motorway bridge. There is a pedestrian/bike track on south side of the bridge. Run up the ramp up to the bridge and now cross to the Amstel.
|Farmland is pretty flat here|
At Europaboulevard, turn right and run the last 100 meters back to the RAI Station entrance.