Located on the southeast side of the Amsterdam metropolitan area, Oost-Watergraafsmeer is among the city’s lowest lying areas, consisting mainly of polders, areas reclaimed from the sea and protected by dikes. The district is known for its many green areas, including the expansive Oosterpark. Watergraafsmeer is known for its many family-friendly neighbourhoods and its village-like atmosphere in smaller subdivisions such as Betondorp, Amsteldorp, Tuindorp Park and the Lake. Despite its location on city’s outskirts, the neighbourhood is full of attractions, including the Jaap Eden Baan ice rink that includes a speed skating lane and an ice hockey stadium.
- Learn about the fundamental building blocks in many different fields of endeavour at the Science Park Amsterdam that encompasses research and educational facilities in a joint venture between the University of Amsterdam, and the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research.
- Enjoy one of the many Oost-Watergraafsmeer celebrations in the wide-open spaces of the Oosterpark, site of the city’s annual Roots Festival.
- Take a trip back in time at the romantic Frankenael estate, Amsterdam’s only remaining 17th century property of its kind with a period and landscape garden, sunbathing area and marsh.
With one of Europe’s best public transportation systems, getting anywhere in the Amsterdam metro area is easy and Oost-Watergraafsmeer is no exception. The Watergraafsmeer Train Station provides the main means of transportation into the area, with regular trains from Amsterdam Centraal, Almere Station and Schipol International Airport. Frequent bus service is also available from Amsterdam Amstel Station and Muiderpoort Station to Science Park Amsterdam. Local officials also encourage transportation by bicycle between the aforementioned stations and Oost-Watergraafsmeer. OV public transport bikes are available for public rental between public transportation sites.
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