Amsterdam – Biking in Weesp – De Gooyer Windmill & Brewery

Bikes parking outside of Weesp train station

Since the Netherlands is known for its amazing countryside, we hopped onto the train from Amsterdam Centraal Station and headed to the lovely town of Weesp. From there, we rented bikes and toured the area on the bike lanes (though sometimes it’s shared with cars).  We ended our day in De Gooyer Brewery where we downed a couple of delicious craft beers.

See & Do

  • Weesp: A small city about 20km from Amsterdam, this is the start of the Dutch countryside. There is a bike trail that extends out for several kilometers east of Weesp where there are windmills and farms as far as the eye can see. Bike rentals are available from the train station, but be warned that you need to bring a 50EUR deposit per bike–if you don’t then it’s going to be a nice 15-20 minute hike to the nearest ATM. Train ticket from Amsterdam to Weesp costs €7 per person.  Rating: 4/5

Windmill on the biking path of Weesp

  • Biking in the countryside: The Dutch countryside is quite beautiful, and this is an excellent way to spend a half-day. Just make sure you don’t pick a day that’s unseasonably windy! Rating: 4/5

Sheep on the biking path of Weesp

  • De Gooyer Windmill & Brewery: There are eight windmills inside the city of Amsterdam, and if you were to visit only one of them then this should be the one. It’s a walkable distance from the city center, and there’s a brewery that sells reasonably priced beer and snacks (with plenty of outdoor bench seating similar to a Bavarian beer garden under the windmill). Rating: 5/5

De Gooyer Windmill and Brewery in Amsterdam

Eat & Drink

  • Singel 404: A nice cafe near the University of Amsterdam that serves brunch. Great place to relax, sip on a hot or cold drink, and people watch. Rating: 5/5
  • Il Songno: An Italian “concept store” that serves pizza and pasta. Rating: 4/5
  • Greenhouse Lounge: Typical coffeeshop–we met the first open and talkative Dutch person all trip! Too bad he was so high that he couldn’t stop rambling nonsensically about his college life. Rating: 5/5

Stay

  • The Artist’s House: The real dark horse of our trip was the apartment we stayed in right off Nieuwmarket Square. We didn’t really know what to expect after our hostel stay, but this place was just perfect in every way and the owners so friendly that this would be our top choice in the future. Rating: 5/5

 

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