Although well-known for its cultural heritage and hazy brown cafes, Amsterdam has started to make a name for itself as a hotspot for adrenaline seekers. Make the most of this active revolution with cheap flights and a Shuttle Direct airport taxi – Schiphol is the number one best connected airport in the region to fly into Amsterdam this summer. |
Here are just a few of the awesome activities on offer in Amsterdam... if you know where to look.
This is a swing like no other. The kind of swing you wished was in your local park as a child has now become a reality on the top of a skyscraper in Amsterdam. The swing is the highest in Europe and is not for the faint hearted. Once on board you’ll be leveraged over the edge of the building 100m from the ground. If you manage to stop panicking (not an easy feat), check out the impressive view of Amsterdam below. The UNESCO World Heritage canals will glimmer in the distance as you soar into the sky!
The name of this activity doesn’t give much away; the only thing for certain is that as soon as you see it performed you’ll want to have a go. The basic concept is a board attached to your feet and any location which has a deep expanse of water to catch you when you land. This is because the flyboard works by propelling high pressured water through the board from a connecting hose which launches you out of the water. You can even reach dizzying heights of 15ft from the water level! So if James Bond-type water gadgets are something you’d like to try, then flyboarding is definitely for you.
Back now to an activity that is better known but no less exciting. Amsterdam offers an immense 50m platform from which you plummet towards the harbour. Expert instructors will be on hand to ensure your exhilarating leap is one of fun rather than faith! The activity needs booking 48 hours in advance and only runs during the summer months. So get your mates’ cameras ready for the greatest “boomerang” of your Instagram career.
You may have heard of its petrol-headed sister sport, but this green machine is making waves in extreme sports circles around Europe. Take to the beach to hire a blokart and race along the flat expanses to put your mates to the test. The kart is powered by a sail instead of a traditional engine which adds a demanding new variable to the driver’s attention.
Windy Dutch beaches are the perfect place to get your race game on with your mates. Full and half days are available at very reasonable prices. To top the day off I’d recommend requesting a BBQ for an evening session of great food and drinks!
Overall Amsterdam is making a name for itself as a capital for extreme sports. If you’re a fellow thrill-seeker, then there has never been a better time to make a visit. These are just a few of the fast-action activities the city has to offer on your stay. I would recommend staying in the old town, which is easy to reach by airport taxi. Schiphol Airport is only a thirty-minute drive to get your stay off to a flying start.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable airport taxi, Schiphol drivers are ready and waiting to ensure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport in Amsterdam swiftly and safely.
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