Amsterdam RAI Station Starting Point
Amsterdam RAI station is located on the edge of the Zuidas, the business district where state-of-the-art office buildings pop up like mushrooms in a short space of time. All the more striking is that the immediate surroundings have barely changed in appearance. The Amstel Park is and remains a gem on the Amstel, the Beatrixpark is a green corridor to the paths along the Amstelkanaal canal, and we follow the tracks of the old Museum Tram between the Olympic Stadium and the Amsterdamse Bos park. All in all a great walking environment.
- The Ommetje Amstelpark or Amstelpark Walk (red) is a short walk through the park that was built for the Floriade of 1972. The cable car disappeared after the large horticultural exposition but many other attractions remain: the Orangery and the Glass House, the municipal rose garden, the Rhododendron Valley, and the Dahliarama garden. You almost walk around the entire park, where you can see the narrow-gauge train chugging past. Dogs are not allowed on some paths, but nearby alternatives are available.
- The Zuidasronde or Zuidas District Walk (orange) mainly follows the green areas and water around the busy Zuidas district. After the Amstelpark you will cross the quiet Gijsbrecht van Aemstelpark towards the Amsterdamse Bos park. Pass underneath the monumental Olympic Stadium and follow pleasant pathways along the Zuidelijke Amstelkanaal (southern Amstel canal). The greenery of the Beatrixpark is under a lot of pressure, being so close to the RAI convention centre and the Zuidas. The park’s romantic paths wind between the ponds.