Amsterdam Zuidoost, or south-east, is an enclave of the capital which lies to the east of the A10 ring road and to the west of the waterway which connects the Amsterdam to Rijnkanaal. There are four residential neighbourhoods, and the largest is Bijlmermeer which is home to the architecturally splendid Bijlmer train station. The area has green areas galore, stadiums, shopping malls and plenty of entertainments centres to explore.
Begin a discovery of Amsterdam Zuidoost with a visit to Gaasperplas, a glorious parkland with an artificial lake, sandy beaches and woodlands. The park is popular with anglers and families and friends who like to relax on the south shore sandy beach. Water sports enthusiasts will enjoy the dragon boat facilities, canoeing and windsurfing on offer. There’s an abundance of wildlife in Gaasperplas and a section of the beach dedicated for naturists. Nearby is Amsterdam Arena, home to Ajax football team where sports fanatics will be in their element. There’s a guided tour available where visitors can enter the dressing room, press room, the player’s tunnel and the Gallery of Fame filled with shirts, cups and trophies. To discover the cultural aspect of Amsterdam Zuidoost, head to Amsterdamse Poort. The old city gate is the last remaining of the original 12 gates situated on the old route from Amsterdam to Haarlem. It’s a picturesque area with many places to see and a rich history to discover. Recreational venues are plentiful in Amsterdam Zuidoost. There are shopping and entertainment zones the Heineken Music Hall and many community art projects and local events take place.
The enclave of Amsterdam Zuidoost is served by the metro, NS rail and bus services. There are several stations within the borough including Amsterdam Bijlmer station and Duivendrecht. Many areas are within a short walking distance, although to reach Amsterdamse Poort, it’s 10 minutes by car or taxi, or half an hour via bus or train.
Amsterdam Zuidoost was originally an area of river and swamp which was pumped dry to produce grains. During the 1960s the area was annexed and earmarked to build a new city called Bijlmermeer. The purpose was to build high-rise apartments punctuated by areas of green parkland. It became a melting pot of cultures and today is home to quirky cafes, excellent festivals, Ajax football stadium and Amsterdamse Poort.