Ouderkerk aan de Amstel (The old church on the Amstel) is a town south of Amsterdam. With a medieval town center and two 18th and 19th century old churches. The Amstel river flows alongside with impressive manors, green rural landscapes and one well preserved original windmill. As this magnificent area is relatively close to Amsterdam, Ouderkerk is a perfect biking destination for those with little time to spare.
The protestant and gothic-catholic churches are situated practically side by side one another. Merely one canal separates their unique takes on architecture of their time. Both have been very well preserved and have a unique charm of their own! Centered directly in the middle of the town sits the Portuguese Jewish cemetery which is the oldest Jewish cemetery (“Beth Haim”) in the Netherlands. At the end of the 16th century, Portuguese Jewish individuals immigrated to Amsterdam and played an important role during the Golden age.
Destination: Ouderkerk aan de amstel
Mileage: Approx 20km (Round bike trip)
Duration: 2 Hours (Round bike trip)