Nieuwe Meer: discover this green hamlet on the water

Just below Amsterdam you will find Nieuwe Meer, right between Badhoevedorp and Schiphol-East. This small hamlet overlooks recreational area Amsterdamse Bos. There are many water sports activities to experience here and several beaches to discover along the lake of the same name. Nieuwe Meer only has about 170 inhabitants (2021), but despite its small size there is plenty to discover!
Veerpont Ome Piet bij Nieuwe Meer.

Ferry in Nieuwe Meer 

In Haarlemmermeer, each town is characterized by an iconic building. Nieuwe Meer is officially so small that it’s a hamlet instead of a real village. You can recognize this place by the ferry. 

Nieuwe Meer has two different ferries: De Helena and Ome Piet. By ferry, cyclists and pedestrians from Amsterdam can easily reach Amsterdamse Bos in a quick and fun way. The ferry De Helena of shipping company Oeverloos operates between the northern shores of the Nieuwe Meer and the Meerkade in the Amsterdamse Bos. 

Ferry Ome Piet is named after the last ferry owner, uncle Piet Eilander. Until the 1960s, Ome Piet maintained a cable ferry with which he took draft horses and commuters back and forth between the Jaagpad along the Nieuwe Meer and the Nieuwemeerdijk. About ten years ago, two locals put this old ferry back into use, which now runs from mid-April to mid-October. 

Things to do in Nieuwe Meer 

This beautiful spot in Haarlemmermeer offers a variety of outdoor activities. In the Oeverlanden in Nieuwe Meer, for example, you can enjoy a lovely walk through nature. You can find several hiking trails and cycling trails in this protected nature reserve. Beaches and sunbathing areas overlook the Nieuwe Meer. There even is a playground for the kids – in short, you will easily enjoy yourself here on a beautiful summer day! 

When it freezes in winter, the Nieuwe Meer is the ultimate place for ice fun. The Nieuwe Meer lake is beautiful when the water has completely frozen over and makes for the perfect place for ice skating. 

Swimming in Nieuwe Meer 

In Nieuwe Meer, there’s plenty to do in and along the water. Try swimming in the Nieuwe Meer, the water is very clear! Do you have a boat? Then take a lovely trip over the water to Amsterdam. You can sail from Nieuwe Meer into Amsterdam via the Nieuwe Meerschutsluis. Please note that this lock in Nieuwe Meer is sometimes closed. 

Would you rather rent a boat in Nieuwe Meer? Then you can go to various places, such as Nexus Boat Rentals on the Tjotterspad, or Zeilschool Het Nieuwe Meer. 

As you can see, this small green hamlet in Haarlemmermeer has a lot to offer. Explore the beautiful nature of Nieuwe Meer and relax by the water.