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Visitors' Centre 'De Boswinkel'

Entering the Bos through the main entrance at the Van Nijenrodeweg, you won’t be able to miss Visitors’ Centre 'De Boswinkel'. With its domed shape and curved wooden finishing, it is a worthy entrance to one of the largest city parks in Europe.

Visitors' Centre 'De Boswinkel'

Well begun is half done. The shop at Visitors’ Centre 'De Boswinkel' sells maps to help you navigate your way around the Forest. Just remember that the Amsterdamse Bos is three times the size of New York’s Central Park!

If you have any forest-related questions, please visit the 'De Boswinkel'. Our staff will be delighted to help you. It is also a perfect place to buy souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing drink or organic snack after a forest walk. 'De Boswinkel' also offers visitors free admission to changing exhibitions.

'De Boswinkel' is open daily (except on Monday) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.


Forest Gnome Trail

The Amsterdamse Bos has a Forest Gnome Trail, for children aged 3 to 6 years. With assignments also available in English!

Children running, with gnome hats on.

Boat Excursions

If you would like to see the forest from the water, you can! From May to September, excursion boats chug through just about all the waterways in the Amsterdamse Bos. Excursions take one and half hours.

Boarding at the Amsterdamse Manege (stables), Nieuwe Kalfjeslaan 25, 1182 AA Amstelveen. Maximum number of participants: 30. Mind you, these boat excursions are in Dutch!

Group reservations

Available on Fridays and Saturdays at set times: 12:00 noon, 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Please contact Visitors’ Centre 'De Boswinkel' for different days and special requests. Rates available on demand.


Available on certain Saturdays and Sundays. Please check our website for exact dates. Boarding time: 2:00 p.m. Rates: adults (aged 13 and up): € 10.80; children aged 4 to 12: € 5.40; children aged 0 to 3: free.
Tickets can be picked up at 'De Boswinkel' up to one hour prior to boarding to allow enough time to reach the Amsterdamse Manege. Tickets are non-refundable.

Visitors Centre Amsterdam Forest

Reservation and information

For reservations and further information, please contact Visitors’ Centre 'De Boswinkel' at or call +31 (0) 20 545 61 00 between 10:00 noon and 5:00 p.m.


The Bosbaan is not only an idyllic spot for rowing and canoeing, it is also great fishing area for anglers. Membership of the Amsterdam Angling Association (AHV) is required in order to fish in the Amsterdamse Bos. Membership cards are available at 'De Boswinkel'. In summer, amateur fishing is also allowed in the part of the forest south of the A9 motorway.