Amstelveen is a city in Amsterdam-Amstelland, generally considered a suburb of Amsterdam and part of its urban area. It borders the Amsterdamse Bos and features many parks. In 2014 it was elected as Greenest City in Europe in the Entente Florale.
The A9 crosses Amstelveen, and offers the easiest access by car. The north of Amstelveen borders Amsterdam, and can also be reached from the A10 highway. Amstelveen does not have a train station, but can be reached by metro from the Amsterdam Zuid railway station, or by bus from Schiphol station.
Amstelveen is relatively compact and most highlights can easily be reached by bike. The 51 metro line and 5 tram line mainly serve the eastern part of the city. When using public transport, most other parts are best reached by one of the many bus lines that interconnect at the bus station near the Stadshart central shopping center.
- Amsterdamse Bos, . A much larger forest-type park on the outskirts of the city. Access from Amstelveenseweg. Horse rental, canoe rental and an open air theatre are part of the attractions. edit
- Cobra Museum, Sandbergplein 1 (near Stadshart), ☎ +31 (0)20 5475050, . Tue-Sun from 11:00h to 17:00h. The museum has a major collection of key works by artists of the CoBrA group (1948-1951) as well as work by their Dutch contemporaries, including artists of the Vrij Beelden (1945) and Creatie (1950-1955) movements. EUR 9.50 for Adults, EUR 6 for 6-18, free for under 6 (2014). edit
- Museum Jan van der Togt, Dorpstraat 50 (in old town), ☎ +31 (0)20 641 57 54, . wed-fri 11.00-17.00, sat-sun 13.00-17.00. Museum of modern glas art and other modern fine arts. EUR 6.00, free for children up to 12 years (2015). edit
- Diwali Festival, Stadsplein, . Free festival on the Stadsplein with music, workshops and many Indian restaurants. Takes place around Diwali, in October. edit
- Sinterklaas, Stadsplein. In mid-November, Sinterklaas is welcomed with a festival parade with lots of music and Black Petes that distribute candy to children. edit
- Tramway museum, Amstelveenseweg 264, Amsterdam, ☎ +31(0)206737538, . The Tramway Museum runs a tram service from first Sunday in April, every Sunday until the last Sunday in October using vintage trams from all over Europe. The tram line is 7km long and runs from Bovenkerk (Amstelveen) to the Haarlemmermeerstation in Amsterdam, mostly along the Amsterdamse Bos. A ride along the full railway section takes about 35 minutes. Trams run every 20-30 minutes. edit
- Clara Maria, Bovenkerkerweg 106, ☎ +31 297-582279, . Monday through Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00 hrs. Sundays closed, except in April and May, then open from 9:00 to 17:00 hrs. Cheese farm and clog factory offering tours and demonstrations. Also includes a large souvenir shop. edit
- Stadshart Amstelveen, . Largest shopping center in Amstelveen, mostly indoor with a number of department stores (Bijenkorf, V&D, Hema) and many fashion stores (including Zara, Timberland, Van Gils, SuperDry, H&M and Esprit). edit
- Aan de Poel, Handweg 1 (near the old town), . lunch tue-fri 12.00-14.00, diner tue-sat 18.00-22.00. Aan de Poel has a large terrace overlooking the sunset over lake De Poel. The interior is modern stylish with chandeliers and a partly open kitchen. It serve French International food and has been awarded 2 Michelin stars. Attracts a crowd of business people and culinary aficionados, making it not very formal. a la carte specials EUR 24-55, menus EUR 66-95 (2015). edit
- De Jonge Dikkert, Amsterdamseweg 104a, ☎ +31 (0)20 - 64 33333, . lunch mon-fri 12.00-15.00, diner mon-sun 18.00-22.00. De Jonge Dikkert is an atmospheric restaurant in an old windmill (1672) serving a French-International menu. It strives to source 80% of its ingredients in the Netherlands. The restaurant also has a large terrace. starters, EUR 14-15, main courses 24-26, deserts EUR 8, menus ranging from EUR 35 (3 courses) to EUR 70 (7 courses) (2015). edit
- Lute, De Oude Molen 5 (near the Amstel river), ☎ +31 (0)20 4722 462, . mon-fri 12.00-, sat 18.00-, sun closed. Atmospheric restaurant in an old gun powder factory, serving innovative french cuisine. 3-course dinner EUR 47.60 (2016). edit
- Tanuki Izakaya, Pieter Lastmanweg 9 (near Stadshart), ☎ +31 (0)20-645 46 50, . mon-sun 12.00-23.00. Japanese restaurant with a traditional interior including low tables. Very wide selection of Japenese dishes including sushi, sashimi, yakitori and agemono. dishes EUR 2-15, menus EUR 14.80-EUR 68.50 (2015). edit
- Vera Sapori, Lindenlaan 147, ☎ +31 (0)20 647 9063, . tue-sun: lunch 12.00-14.00, diner 17.30-22.00, sat-sun diner 17.30-22.00. Hidden in a residential neighborhood, this is an authentic Italian restaurant which is very popular with the locals main courses EUR 11-21. edit
- Wine Kitchen, Dorpsstraat 90 (near Old Town), ☎ +31 (0)20 822 19 63, . tue-sun 17.00-23.00. A lively wine bar serving many wines by the glas, as well as daily specials. main courses around EUR 18. edit
- Abina, Amsterdamseweg 193, ☎ +31 (0)20 - 640 11 01, . mon-thu 7.00-2.00, fri 7.00-3.00, sat 8.00-3.00, sun 8.00-1.00. Lively café, restaurant and hotel featuring live music on many weekends. edit
- Café Thijs, Dorpsstraat 64 b, ☎ +31 20 640 89 72, . Café in the old village, with live jazz music on every second Thursday of the month. edit
- Grand Hotel Amstelveen, Bovenkerkerweg 81, ☎ +31 20 645 55 58, . Large business hotel on the southern border of Amstelveen. Free wifi, fitness and parking. EUR 96-165 for standard rooms. edit
- Alp Hotel De Veenen, Ouderkerkerlaan 19, ☎ +31 20 641 50 78, . Family hotel with 25 rooms in an old villa. EUR 115-200. edit
- Station Amstelveen, Stationsstraat 28, ☎ +31 6 11 372 741, . Bed & Breakfast in the former station of Amstelveen (1915), in the center of the old village. It has five rooms with bathrooms and wifi. EUR 115-150. edit
- Amsterdam Forest Hotel, Amsterdamseweg 465A. New hotel opened in 2015. It is located on the border of the Amsterdamse Bos in the north of Amstelveen, giving it easy access to points of interest in Amsterdam. EUR 200. edit
There is free wifi in the Stadshart shopping area, and a number of other locations. The local library (Stadsplein 102 or Westwijkplein 1) offers internet terminals, which cost EUR 1 per 30 minutes.
There are 12 phone booths across Amstelveen, one for every neighborhood. You can find them in the following streets: Groenelaan, Nieuw Loopveld, Kostverlorenhof, Laan Rozenburg, Maalderij, Melkweg, Parlevinker, Patrimoniumlaan, Traviatastraat, van der Hooplaan, van Spaenstraat, and Westwijkplein.
- Amsterdam - famous for its beautiful canals, Amsterdam also offers a wide range of museums, abundant shopping and many other attractions
- Keukenhof — a seasonal attraction in the Spring, these enormous flower fields are popular among travellers
- Haarlem - an attractive city with an atmospheric old center and several interesting museums