Gay Cruising in Amsterdam

In a sexually liberal city like Amsterdam, it is no surprise that there are many 'more public' places where men meet and have fun. Here is a roundup of the most popular gay cruising areas in and around town.


Amsterdam has one of the largest gay cruise club scenes in Europe.  Most cruise bars and fetish shops are located in the Warmoesstraat area.  These include The Web, Cuckoo’s Nest, Argos, Dirty Dicks, Eagle Amsterdam, etc.

Club Church in Kerkstraat hosts a popular men-only dance & cruise party every weekend, with dress codes (e.g. underwear, naked, leather, boxers, jockstrap, sportswear).

But obviously, gay cruising does not take place only inside the bars.  Over the years, several outdoor areas in/near Amsterdam have become known as popular gay cruising spots where men meet and have fun.


Oosterpark AmsterdamOosterpark

Located in Amsterdam East, this large park gets cruisy after dark.  While there have been very few reports of violence and robbery, you should always be careful. [click here for hotels near Oosterpark]



Vondelpark is a public urban park in Amsterdam South. The gay cruising spot is on the right side of the park towards the end known as the ‘Rose Garden’. Cruising happens after dark but in the summer months there may be some daytime action as well.  [click here for hotels near Vondelpark]


Oeverlanden AmsterdamOeverlanden / Nieuwe Meer

Perhaps the most popular cruising spot in Amsterdam. Oeverlanden refers to the park area, and Nieuwe Meer is a small lake located just outside the city centre. This recreational area gets crowded in the summer.  Clothing-optional sunbathing is allowed, and swimming in the lake is also possible.

This is the only place where cruising is officially recognised and tolerated, as indicated on signs. Action takes place day and night (busier on sunny days), though cruising after dark is at your own risk.


Zandvoort BeachZandvoort

Best-known for its race track and long sandy beach, Zandvoort is located 30 minutes by train from Amsterdam Central Station. This popular beach resort town has a nudist beach as well as a gay section. From the train stop, you need to walk south for about 30 minutes to get to the gay beach.

Here, you’ll find many gay men enjoying the sun and the sea. Cruising is near the sand dunes, although they are not part of the nudist beach.  [click here for hotels near Zandvoort]

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30-08-2014 by Tod TGE   |   More: Gay Amsterdam




  1. The scene is dead -- stay home

    “Amsterdam is no longer a place where gay men can easily have sex with other gay men. The clubs and bars are either half-empty or half-full of straight women, and nothing goes on outdoors anymore. Old men everywhere.“

     on 15-01-2018 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Old men everywhere.

      “i love you. Old men everywhere. This is enough not to travel there. Same problem in Athens.“

       on 15-04-2018 | Reply Problem with this review?

  2. Other cruising parks in Amsterdam

    “Sarphatipark and Westerpark are also popular cruising areas after dark.“

     on 11-07-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

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