For more than a year now I’ve been working in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, a little village by the Amstel River just outside Amsterdam. This means that I cycle to and from work for almost an hour everyday (and I don’t even have a fashionable racing bike). First I dreaded the thought of cycling this far, but I soon started to enjoy it (unless it rains in which case I’d rather take the crowded subway than put on the beautiful rain poncho my mom gave me).
The fact is, cycling along the river is a great way to wake up, think about things, not think at all, empty your head, listen to music, work out, and much more. So if you are in the mood for any of those things, take a bike and cycle along the Amstel River. There are enough nice places to stop for a picnic, you can spot an old fashioned windmill, and believe me: as a tourist it’s much safer for you here than cycling through the centre of Amsterdam. Early mornings and sunset are the prettiest.