Staying Cool in Amsterdam – BadBuiten

What's New — By Scott Roane on April 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm
BadBuiten - Amsterdam's Floating Pool on the Amstel

BadBuiten - Amsterdam's Floating Pool on the Amstel

By Scott Roane

Don’t forget to pack your swimming costume; Amsterdam’s BadBuiten has re-opened for business after its winter break!

BadBuiten meaning ‘outside bath’ is an18 x 5 meter swimming pool which floats on a wide part of the Amstel River during the summer. The entrance is on the Korte Ouderkerdijk, behind the Rembrandt Tower, a few minutes walk from Spaklerweg Metro and Amsterdam Amstel railway station. It’s around a 15-minute bike ride from Central Station.

There’s also a relaxing outside terrace with a great view down the river (access for non-swimmers free of charge). The terrace offers a bar, and a simple lunch and dinner menu, with lunch from Euro 5 and a tasty daily pasta dish with fresh ingredients for around Euro 10. In fact you don’t even need to swim to enjoy yourself as this  a great location to hang out without getting a toe wet!

Not just for fun…
Not only will you be enjoying yourself by coming here, you’ll be helping a good cause. The swimming pool is run as a charity which aims to raise awareness about the importance of clean water and an unpolluted environment. The water quality in the Amstel River and Amsterdam’s many canals has improved significantly over the last decade. The aim is to maintain this progress until it reaches a level where people can safely swim in Amsterdam’s canals and rivers themselves.

The pool is open daily in April and May, from 12:00-18:00 and between June and August from 12:00-23:00. Entrance to the pool costs Euro 4 for an adult and Euro 2.50 for children under 12 years of age.