There are many reasons why I enjoy living in Amsterdam and cycling around the city is one of them. I usually spend hours appreciating its architecture, the boat culture and the occasional spot of swimming. I have explored many routes on my old bike: around the canals, through the parks, venturing out to the beach (Bloemendaal aan Zee), etc. However, my favourite route is cycling along the Amstel, making my way south out of the city and relaxing by the tranquil waters of the river.
It took me several years to discover this route and now that I know it, I cycle along the river at least 3 times a month. The route is about 20 kilometres long (return) and I can manage it well without feeling tired. I begin in the centre of Amsterdam and follow the riverbank on my left-hand side towards the town of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. I find it more interesting this way, as we cycle on the right-hand side of the path, we are closer to the water and, when returning, the views of the city are more interesting.
See below a sequence of images and a map of the route, beginning at Stopera, where the river is supposed to end, then arriving in Ouderkerk, crossing over the river and returning to Amsterdam.
Amsterdam | Amstel | Ouderkerk aan de Amstel | Stopera | Hermitage | Magere Brug | Utrechtsebrug | Rozenoordbrug | Ouderkerkerdijk | Riekermolen | Johan Cruyff ArenA | De Zwaan | Brug Oranjebaan | Houseboat | Berlagebrug | Amstel Hotel