A'dam Lookout#18 in Best Things To Do in Amsterdam
Opened in 2016, A'dam Lookout provides some of the best views of downtown Amsterdam from its location in the southern corner of the Overhoeks neighborhood. The property's main draw is its observation deck on the 20th floor, which provides 360-degree panoramas of the city's port and canals. Before admiring the view, visitors can peruse the property's interactive exhibit. Adrenaline junkies won't want to miss Over the Edge (Europe's highest swing) on the outdoor rooftop deck, while foodies should save time for a bite to eat at Madam (an internationally inspired eatery on the 20th floor) or Moon (the 19th floor's upscale revolving restaurant).
Visitors cannot get enough of A'dam Lookout's breathtaking vistas. However, a few lament the extra charge required for the swing. Nevertheless, many recommend paying the additional 5 euros (less than $6) for the fun experience. Because the swing is a popular activity, travelers suggest purchasing tickets in advance on the attraction's tickets page. The property suggests participants arrive at least 30 minutes before their assigned time slots.
Standard tickets – which cover access to the observation deck, interactive exhibit and gift shop – cost 13.50 euros (about $15) for adults and 7.50 euros (roughly $8.50) for children 4 to 12 when bought on-site; kids 3 and younger gain free entry. Discounts are available for passes purchased online. Upgraded tickets that include drinks at the rooftop bar, lunch at Moon and/or entry to the Heineken Experience are available as well.
To get to the attraction, travelers can drive and park in the fee-based garage or take the free ferry from the central train station. The ferry operates 24 hours a day and docks just south of the property. Visitors are permitted daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. More information is available on the A'dam Lookout website.
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Located southwest of the city center, the 116-acre Vondelpark is the favorite leafy retreat of just about everyone. Not only is it the largest city park in Amsterdam, it's also one of the most revered in all of the Netherlands. Most recent travelers said they enjoyed people-watching and picnicking at the park, but other reviewers recommend avoiding a late-night visit as the park can be a little frightening once the sun sets. During the day, though, the park is filled with couples, families and friends, and is definitely worth a visit.
Ponds, fields and playgrounds are connected by winding paths, which also run by an open-air theater, a rollerblade rental, a rose garden, several cafes and a range of statues and sculptures. Open dawn to dusk, you can take trams 1, 2 or 5 to the Leidseplein, and you'll have just a quick two-minute walk to reach the park's entrance. The park is free to visit.
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