Europe's highest swing - and a breathtaking view
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Europe’s highest swing – and a breathtaking view

On the north side of Amsterdam’s Central Station, there are free ferries taking people to “the other side”. The north of Amsterdam, separated from the rest of the city by the river IJ, now hosts the A’DAM Tower, where you can party in the basement, have great food and spectacular views at the top, and an incredible swing is waiting for you on the roof.

The A’DAM Tower: the best view over Amsterdam

Prepare to have your breath taken by its spectacular view over the city of Amsterdam and beyond: the A’DAM Lookout at the top of the A’DAM Tower. A disco elevator transports you all the way up to the 20th floor, to café and restaurant MA’DAM. A great setting for luxury cocktails with the historical city centre as your backdrop. But when you take the stairs from there, you’ll end up on the Tower’s rooftop terrace – and that’s where the magic happens. The panoramic view of Amsterdam from here is an absolutely unforgettable experience for anyone visiting (or even living in) this beautiful city.

Living on the edge…

Daredevils will be instantly drawn to the spectacular swing, Over The Edge, and it’s called that for a reason: you actually swing right over the edge! Honestly, I peed in my pants simply looking at it, but people say that it’s less scary once you’re actually on it. The swing gives you a beautiful, unobstructed view of the eastern part of Amsterdam and most of the city centre. And that view will make you forgot that you’re actually dangling off the edge of a building, 100 meters or so above the ground… It makes sense that this swing is the highest of its kind in all of Europe.

Careful where you walk

Absorbed by the view, I strolled along the rooftop terrace without thinking about where I was putting my feet. Suddenly, the ground below me seemed to disappear, and I stared all the way down to the people 100 meters below me… Why didn’t anybody tell me that part of the roof is made out of see-through glass?! I hurried away from the terrifying glass, but felt even more stupid when three kids sat down on the glass as if it was the most normal thing in the world. Conclusion: the views will blow your mind, but your ego might be a little hurt…

A ticket for the A’DAM Lookout is €12,50 (a ride on the swing is an additional €5). Insider’s tip: if you visit the Tower after 21:30, you can go to the top for free (but you’ll have missed the sunset). Sssht, don’t tell anyone!

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