Gaasper Campsite, Amsterdam
For a city centre campsite this didn’t shape up too badly. I was a little concerned at first due to the loud music but this transpired to be a local music festival! phew…
When you arrive you are usually greeted with a worringly long queue. But don’t worry, this is because you can’t choose your site, instead you are directed by guys on scooters. It just makes the check-in process a little slower. Each site has sufficient space for an awning and although it is busy, you aren’t too close to your neighbours.
Showers (0.80), Laundry (€4) and dryer (€4). A small, but adequate, park area, Toilet (all o.k.), lots of drinking water taps, chemical waste, grey waste areas, small min-mart on site, Restaurant/bar on site (there is another restaurant down the road at Campanile hotel but we didn’t try this out).
The only area I wasn’t so keen on was the small tent area next to the reception. I felt this was a little overcrowded with tents tightly squeezed into a small area but I didn’t hear any complaints!
The campsite was situated next to a large Park, Gaasperplas. There is a beach area and lake but we didn’t get chance to use the facilities as the music festival had closed this area. We did however, cycle around the area and it was easy to access.
There were a few supermarkets within 30 minutes walk but actually the best we found was Jumbo. It took around 15 minutes to cycle and was well stocked (check out google maps).
The city centre is only 25 minutes away by Metro and very easy access. The walk to the Metro station is through the car park, along the pathway. It’s an easy 5 minute walk. You buy the tickets from the Reception area before you leave, which was a better option as we found that not all these options were available on the ticket machines at the station.
Metro children tickets were €2.50 each per 24 hours
Metro adult tickets were €5.50 return or €7.50 per 24 hours
The Reception also offered tickets for some of the activities in Amsterdam. Usually we just opt to purchase either online or buy directly, but actually they offered a 4 for 3 deal on the canal cruises. Usually it cost €16 per person but they were offering €12 per person so it came to €36 in total with Lovers Cruises. The cruise was very informative and so we found this to be a great deal.