Amsterdamse Bos or Amsterdam Forest. (7.2 km or 4.5 miles)
The Amsterdamse Bos was made between 1934 and 1940 by 20.000 men as part of werkverschaffing or unemployment relief works. The municipality of Amsterdam initiated it and a part of the wages was paid by the state.
Under the motto "Five years work for a thousand men", tree planting in the Amsterdamse Bos began in 1934, a task which provided work for 20.000 unemployed people during the crisis years. The last tree of this forestation project wasn't planted until 1967. With its 137 km of footpaths, 51 km of cycle paths and 50 bridges, the Amsterdamse Bos is one of the largest city parks of Europe. It contains 150 indigenous species of trees and over 200 species of birds.
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In the Google map, that has now appeared, are seven Google markers with the letters A through G.
At Google marker A, after having left bus 172 at the stop Handweg in the street called Bovenkerkerweg you walk back northward to the nearby crossing where you turn left into a street named Noordammerlaan, without crossing the roadway. After 20 meters or 60 ft. from that crossing there is a café called De Manen. There are five yellow flags before the café. Here you may have lunch and use the toilet which you will go without the next 3.6 kilometres or 2.3 miles or even the whole walk. Open seven days a week. check here. After 250 meters or 800 ft. from the afore mentioned crossing you cross the track of the Historic Trams. After 60 meters or 190 ft. more you see, across the roadway, a bench at the start of a small path, with paving stones, 10 ft. or 3 metres wide and 50 metres or 160 ft. long. At the end of that path you are at Google marker B where you turn left passing a yellow marker of walking track number 6.
From Google marker B you will soon cross a bridge numbered 1523, pass a church at your left hand, cross a bridge numbered 1543, turn right at a T-junction and cross a bridge numbered 1542. At the next crossing (a building is at your right hand) go straight on into the woods. Turn right when you reach the water and follow the foot path along the water until the T-junction where you turn left. You will soon cross bridge number 571, turn right and go through a swing gate.
You are now at Google marker C. On this swing gate there is a 'no dogs' prohibition sign and a Dutch text that asks you to stay away 25 metres from the Scottish cattle and not to feed them. You then follow the path along the water but after some hundreds of metres it deviates from the waterside. At the next crossing you turn right and cross a bridge numbered 563 and the path will then turn left, pass another swing gate and cross a bridge numbered 562. On the nearby T-junction you turn right and walk on a bicycle path. Follow this path along a bridle path at your left hand and cross the stone bridge numbered 557. (the bridle path is not visible unless you see riders)
This bridge is Google marker D. After 70 metres on this bicycle path you leave it and turn left, cross the bridle path and soon the walking path bends to the right. The path is then a straight line of 300 metres through the woods. At the first available opportunity you turn right and walk to a motorway. At your right hand is bridge 546.
Then go to the fly over (overpass) in front of you while the water is at your right hand. After this fly over there is another fly over. At the next junction there are several signposts. Please take the fietspad or bicycle path (right ahead, do not turn left or right) and go to the Geitenboerderij or goat farm. This farm is Google marker E. Its name is: De Ridammerhoeve. This is a biological farm and a cheese factory. There are also chickens, pigs, sheep etc. Children like it. You may have lunch here, the goat cheese is fresh and delicious. Open: Every day from 10 am to 5 pm, except Tuesday. In the winter also closed on Mondays. In 2011 this winter ended on February 20.
After leaving de Geitenboerderij you turn right and go on to the north west (in the Google map a north east direction is indicated, now obsolete), passing two swing gates, a picknick table and a maze. At a junction you turn left. After passing a yellow marker of walking track number 3 there are ditches on both sides. When you follow the ditch on the right hand side you will cross bridges number 533, 534 and 535. Then cross a bridle path, do not pass a yellow marker of the walking tracks 4 and 5 but cross the bicycle path and go on on the other foot path (blue round road sign for pedestrians) and you will soon see a water at the right hand side that is often used for canoeing on sunny days. This is Google marker F. After 300 metres or 1000 ft. you will cross bridge 547. Shortly after turn right and cross bridge 553 pass a yellow marker of the walking track 4 and shortly after a yellow marker of the walking tracks 4 and 5. Near the latter yellow marker, on a nearby T-junction of bicycle paths, there is a signpost indicating (among other things) that the Bezoekerscentrum (information center) is 2 km or 1.26 miles to go.
Please head for the Bezoekerscentrum. The 2 km are a slightly curving and varied foot path.
The Google marker A (start of the walk) is the bus stop Amstelveen, Handweg of bus route 172 that is run by Connexxion and the Google marker G (end of the walk) is the bus stop Amsterdam, Van Nijenrodeweg of the same bus route.
West of the forest is the eastern part of Schiphol Airport and east of the forest is the built up part of the municipality of Amstelveen of which the forest is part, although it is owned by the municipality of Amsterdam. Halfway the walk, the walking route passes under the secondary road (N232) and the A9 motorway that are parallel to each other.