The Amsterdamse Bos (Forest) of Amsterdam is a great (if not the greatest) place for biking with around 50km of bike lanes!
The manmade forest is situated between Schiphol airport and Amstelveen. Although it is very close to the city, this area gives one the feeling of being surround by a wild forest in the middle of nowhere.
The Bos is an artificial forest, its construction starting in 1934. It’s sole purpose was intended to extend the recreational area of Amsterdam. That year there was vast unemployment in The Netherlands. The construction of this forest gave work to many people. Jewish people were forced to work and then deported during WWII.
In rememberance, there is a Dachau memorial located in the Bosbaanweg.
The completion of the forests construction was in 1964..