Interesting and varied walk that starts in the Flevopark on the eastern outskirts of Amsterdam, and ends in smart new suburb of IJburg which has been built on a series of artificial islands in what was once part of the tidal Zuiderzee.
To get to Flevopark, take the tram from central Amsterdam to Flevopark and get off at the terminus. See the GVB site for up-to-date details.
The walk ends on the IJburg tram route which will take you back into town.
The park was built in 1921 to serve the residents of the nearby predominantly Indo-Chinese neighbourhood as the result of a campaign started in 1908 by Jac P Thijsse, a great naturalist and founder of the Dutch nature conservation movement. It has become a haven for wildlife and is now a nature reserve.
There is a small cafe in the park. Google translates the relevant section on their web site as "During the fall and winter months we are not open every day," and gives and email address and phone number. They were definitely open when we were there on a sunny mid-week day in March.
External Links and References
Flevopark: Stadspark en Natuurgebied
Mostly about the wildlife sightings in the park, but there is also some general information on the park and its history. In Dutch only. https://www.flevopark.nl/
The Amsterdam-Rhine Canal (Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal) leaves the IJ just to the north of our staring point and runs roughly south-east to join the Rhine about 72 km (45 miles) away. It carries some seriously heavy traffic.
Enneüs Heerma, after whom the bridge is named was a Christian Democrat Alderman and Secretary of State of the Netherlands.
The bridge was completed in 2001 to a designed by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw. He is probably best known for London's Waterloo International railway station and the Eden Project in Cornwall.