When you think of adrenaline pumping adventures, the Netherlands might not be the first place you think of. But, after several years on the road, we were surprised to discover just how many exhilarating activities there were to enjoy in our home country — certainly enough to rival some of Australia’s adventures!
For example, did you know you could go bungee jumping in the Netherlands? Or abseil hundreds of meters from one of Rotterdam Harbour’s most iconic sights? How about skydiving? It’s true, there are hundreds of ways to get your thrills on a Netherlands activity!
So, if you’re looking for excitement and adventure without crossing half of the globe, read on to discover our top adrenaline pumping Netherlands activities.
1. Skydiving in the Netherlands
There are few things as thrilling as throwing yourself out of a perfectly functional aeroplane at 9,000 feet. Okay, maybe jumping from a perfectly functional aeroplane at 13,000 feet! Both are possible in the Netherlands, and while there’s no skydiving in Amsterdam due to air-traffic restrictions, there are plenty of other locations across the country.
The Netherlands is a fantastic country for skydiving, as you can take in views across the sea as well as the sprawling countryside dotted by villages and cities. From the Wadden Islands of Texel and Ameland, to the skies over Rotterdam Harbour, there are several fantastic locations you can jump from, with numerous companies providing tandem skydiving as well as training courses.
For a tandem dive, you can expect to pay between €200 and €250, or up to around €350 if you want to film the experience. This nerve-wracking but amazing adventure will generally take around 2-hours in total and is dependent on clear weather conditions.
2. Bungee Jump From Scheveningen Pier (The Hague)
You don’t need to head to the jungles of Australia to try bungee jumping! Scheveningen Pier in The Hague might not sound like the kind of place you’ll experience an adrenaline rush, but it’s the only place to try this Netherlands activity. Rather uniquely, brave jumpers will drop 60 metres headfirst towards the sea, taking in fantastic views of the beach and town on the way back up!
The iconic Bungy Tower has been operational since 1991, making it one of the first bungee jumping sites in the world. Tickets for a regular jump typically cost €90, and you can even jump with a friend! The entire trip generally takes around an hour. You don’t need to book in advance, although it’s recommended in high season.
And while you’re there, why not try the new zipline that runs from Bungy Tower down to the beach? At 350 metres long, it takes you on a breathtaking ride, reaching speeds of up to 70 km/h! Tickets cost €35, or you can get a combi-ticket for the zipline and bungee jump at Scheveningen for €115.
If you like water adventures, don’t forget to check out our post about kayaking near the Kinderdijk.
3. Zipline from the Euromast, Rotterdam
The Euromast is one of Rotterdam’s most iconic sights. Stretching 185 metres into the air, it’s the tallest building in the Netherlands. A visit to the Euromast can see you enjoying some of the best food in the world, sleeping in a luxury hotel, or enjoying panoramic views as you wind your way up to the top on the Euromastscoop, a rotating glass elevator that showcases all of the surroundings.
But, for adrenaline junkies, going up is only part of the fun, and what goes up must come down! And why take the elevator when you can zoom down in 15 seconds flat? The Euromast zipline drops you more than 100 metres from the tower to the ground. In total, you’ll whizz down for 250 metres, hitting speeds of more than 100 kmph!
This adrenaline pumping adventure costs €57,50, which includes entry into the Euromast. It takes around 45-minutes in total, with daredevil participants expected to arrive 30-minutes before their descent in order to prepare.
Rotterdam has a lot more to offer and you can easily spend a couple of days in this bustling city. Check out our Rotterdam Guide for more information.
4. Abseil down the Euromast, Rotterdam
There’s more than one adventurous way to descend the breathtaking Euromast, and if you’re up for a more leisurely thrill, abseiling is for you! It’s a great way to take in some of the sights of the city, while getting your blood pumping! You can choose how quickly you descend, leaving you plenty of time to see the city and harbour as you hover above.
An abseiling ticket costs €57,50, and this also includes entry into the Euromast. You’re expected to arrive 30-minutes before your descent for briefing and preparation. On average, it takes around 15-minutes to get to the ground, and 2 people can abseil at the same time. Experience isn’t necessary, as each descent will be made with a qualified instructor.
5. Climb the tallest climbing wall in the world, Groningen
Meet Excalibur, the world’s tallest freestanding climbing wall, and a real treat for thrill seekers. Standing at 37-metres tall (that’s higher than a 10-storey building!) with an 11-metre overhang, this Netherlands activity is not for the faint-hearted or the inexperienced. However, if you’re a fairly good climber with experience of organising your own belay equipment, you’re welcome to take it on.
Named after King Arthur’s legendary sword, the climbing wall can be found in the tiny town of Bjoeks, or more specifically, Klimcentrum Bjoeks. At this epic climbing centre, you can also find indoor climbing walls, bouldering, and much more. If you’re really feeling brave, you can even take a beginners climbing course and attempt to tackle the mighty Excalibur.
You may need a few days to learn the ropes — no pun intended — but that’s no problem. The climbing centre offers free camping in the grounds, with an indoor kitchen area and showers. And, if you do make it to the top, you can even sleep up there! Entry costs €10 for young adults (18-25) and €12 for adults (26-59), for all-day access to the facilities. A beginners course costs €20, while an 80-metre rope is €4 per day, and a pair of climbing shoes €3. Harnesses and belay equipment are free to use.
6. Walibi Holland
Walibi Holland is one of the most exciting amusement parks in the Netherlands. Home to more than 30 rides, including a plethora of adrenaline pumping roller coasters, it’s a must for thrill seekers everywhere!
Some of the highlights include the breathtaking Goliath, the longest and highest roller coaster in the park, reaching almost 50 metres high and hitting speeds of over 100 kmph as you zoom through inversions and loops. And, if you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to hit 90 kmph in less than 3-seconds, check out Xpress: Platform 13.
Tickets cost €32.50 per person, and it’s well worth spending the entire day so that you can fit everything in. There are tons of restaurants in the park, so you can find something to eat and drink — if you can hold it down! Plus, if you wanted to stay longer, Walibi village offers a variety of holiday homes that you can hire, with prices starting at €185 for a 4-person cottage.
7. Laser Tag, Amsterdam
If you’re looking for some thrills in Amsterdam, check out the amazing Laser Tag Arena! Sprawling over 900 square metres, the outdoor showdown arena is great for individuals and groups alike. An impressive array of shelter and cover provides exciting gaming for up to 20 players at a time, and up to 6-different teams. We always thought it’s a great activity for new hostel friends to try!
It costs €21.75 per person for 75 minutes of gaming. You’ll need to allow extra time for getting your gear, basic instruction and debriefing. There’s also a BBQ to enjoy after the event, as well as other activities on site, such as an escape room, so it’s worth planning to spend half a day or so here. Plus, it’s easy to access, with a direct bus from Amsterdam’s Central Station.
There’s also a great Lasergame arena in Rotterdam!
8. Wavekarting , Cadzand
Well, we’ve all heard of go-karting, but wavekarting? To try this uniquely Dutch water sport, dare-devils need to head to the port of Cadzand. Here, you’ll find special Wavekarts, motorboats that are designed for taking on the crashing waves of the North Sea, while keeping the riders safe.
The day starts with a safety briefing and some brief training before heading out into the sea. From there, you’ll crash and jump from wave to wave, and can even take hold of the steering wheel yourself from time to time. You’re able to set your own pace, and can take your time to admire the views, or churn up the seas as you bounce across the water!
Wavekarting costs €140 per person, and each kart has space for 3, plus the instructor. The price includes all the water-proofing and safety gear, insurance, and 60 minutes out at sea with your instructor. Schedule 2 or 3 hours for this Netherlands activity however, to account for the briefing and training, as well as swapping out your clothes at the end of it. And don’t worry about bad weather, wavekarting takes place come rain or shine!
9. Kite Surfing
Kite surfing in the Netherlands is an increasingly popular pastime among locals, but adventure seekers can also enjoy it at a number of Dutch beaches. If you’ve never tried it before, you can take a 3 and a half hour beginner’s lesson for around €180. This includes all the equipment you’ll need, such as a wet-suit, board, kite, and helmet. Kelly has had a few lessons and was surprised at how exhilarating kite surfing actually is!
The really great thing is that most lessons are limited to 2 people at a time, for a more personal and in-depth experience. Plus, the lessons are available in English too! If you’ve tried Kite surfing before, it’s also possible to just rent the equipment and enjoy the waves, under the supervision of experienced professionals just in case!
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