If you’re looking for something a little different while in Amsterdam (and aren’t afraid of heights) you should visit one of the city’s coolest attractions. I had an evening of panoramic views at A’DAM Lookout, Amsterdam.
A’DAM Lookout Amsterdam
A’DAM Lookout is Amsterdam’s viewing platform. With amazing vistas over the city, it also has something to keep thrill seekers occupied – Europe’s highest swing! Yes, you heard me right, I said swing and it’s called Over the Edge! Great name right especially since it literally does swing you over the edge!
Before going up to the viewing level, everyone has the opportunity to have a picture taken which you’ll be able to purchase at the end of your experience using a code you’re given. Next is the lift to the viewing platform – a lift with a difference! When you reach the top level, you’ll see the port and the city of Amsterdam below. For safety the platform is fenced the whole way around, so you’ll have to line up your camera to get some pics through it.
- Less is best – don’t carry too much with you if you want to have your picture taken. You’ll have to take off coats, scarfs, bags and hang them on the two coat stands close by or leave with a friend in the queue.
- On the way up – one warning if you’re affected by any type of flashing lights you may want to take the stairs rather than the lift.
Why visit A’DAM Lookout
The viewing platform has ample room and in summer I can imagine how nice it would be to relax up there during the day or in the evening. If you like photography, it’s a good place to take some shots especially on a clear day. Going up around sunset would be amazing. I tried but what was meant to be a nice sunny few days, turned into last minute snow! It was freezing!
The swing is a bit random and it’ll definitely test your limits. I’d planned to go on it (seriously I did!) but due to the change in weather it was far too cold! I definitely want to go back to Amsterdam in Summer or Autumn so will make another trip to the platform.
Aside from the swing, A’DAM is also a nice spot for a drink in the cocktail bar. The bar has a cool atmosphere and there’s a restaurant section at the back.
How to get there
To get to the lookout you can take a ferry from Amsterdam Central station. When you’re in the station look for the signs/icons for the ferry. To get there you’ll likely walk through the IJ passage (shop hall) or LiL Amsterdam Passage (food court) and from there walk straight ahead and out of the station. To your left or directly in front you’ll see the ferry.
It’s free and they leave every 5-10 minutes and takes only a few minutes to get to the other side.
Tickets and opening hours
For more information and tickets, visit the A’DAM Lookout website.
If you’re looking for something else to do while in Amsterdam, read my post on Zaanse Schans.