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Flevopark to IJberg

Location

Netherlands Map

Last Visited: 2010

Interesting and varied walk that starts in the Flevopark on the eastern outskirts of Amsterdam, and ends in smart new suburb of IJberg which has been built on a series of artiificial islands in what was once part of the tidal Zuiderzee.

To get to Flevopark, take either Tram 14 from the Centraal Station/Rembrandtplein areas or Tram 7 from the Leidseplein/Museum areas and get off at the terminus.


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Flevopark

Flevopark

Flevopark

The park was built in 1921 to serve the residents of the nearby predominantly Indo-Chinese neighbourhood as the result of a campaign started in 1908 by Jac P Thijsse, a great naturalist and founder of the Dutch nature conservation movement. It has become a haven for wildlife and is now a nature reserve.

There is a small cafe in the park. Google translates the relevant section on their web site as "During the fall and winter months we are not open every day," and gives and email address and phone number. They were definitely open when we were there on a sunny mid-week day in March.

External Links and References

Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal

The Amsterdam-Rhine Canal (Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal) leaves the IJ just to the north of our staring point and runs roughly south-east to join the Rhine about 72 km (45 miles) away. It carries some seriously heavy traffic.

Enneüs Heermabrug

Enneüs Heerma, after whom the bridge is named was a Christian Democrat Alderman and Secretary of State of the Netherlands.

The bridge was completed in 2001 to a designed by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, who is probably best known for Londonʼs Waterloo International railway station and the Eden Project in Cornwall.