If you have more than a short stay in Amsterdam, or are a returning visitor who has already seen the major in-town sights, or you are one of those people who like to do something that your friends back home will say, “Wow, I didn’t know that was possible!” then you’re going to want to know about this unusual opportunity to visit some of our historical spots in a way that most foreign tourists never will. If you want the story just in pictures, please scroll right down till you hit them. I don’t mind 🙂
WELL, YOU KNOW ABOUT MUIDERSLOT AND MAYBE PAMPUS
Muiderslot is a place that many foreign tourists do get to while Pampus is a place that hardly any foreign visitor will even know about. In the case of Pampus, it is sadly so poorly marketed to foreign tourists that I could only find one decent English language page from Iamsterdam.
I BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU CAN TAKE A BOAT TRIP TO GET THERE!
Both places are really worthy of a visit and now there’s even a better reason to plan a visit to one of these places – Amsterdam Boat Excursions – and that’s what I want to bring to your attention.
Its now been possible for quite a while I discovered to take a lovely and relaxing open water cruise from Amsterdam’s stunning and newest nautical neighborhood called Ijburg to either Pampus or Muiderslot. And that’s just what I did today to test it out. Here are some details and following that there’s a bunch of pictures I took today so you can know what to expect.
The boat ferry runs Tuesdays thru Sundays from April 1 – October 31 with the high season of May 1 – September 30 enjoying more daily departures (see timetable). The two guys who run this venture (and many other nautical activities with their company Rederij het Ij) are experienced, hands-on, enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable and dedicated nautical professionals.
The boat left its berth at Ijburg marina (see Google maps) across from the great cafe restaurant NAP precisely at 11 AM with about 40 persons on board. This morning it was mostly families with young kids heading for Pampus plus me and two grandparents with their two grandkids heading for Castle Muiderslot. The boat sails a circular route – first 50 minutes to drop off the Pampus passengers and then another 20 minutes to deposit the castle goers at a dedicated pier right behind the castle (which beats the very long walk for those tourists coming by land-bound public transportation). And at the appointed time, about 2.5 hours later, there they were to pick us up at the castle, after having first picked up the folks at Pampus, for the 30 minute trip back to Amsterdam.
For all the information on this fun and unusual way to get to Pampus or Muiderslot, check out their website!!! So enough talking, here’s the pictures from the next page…