Naturism is quite popular in The Netherlands. In summer naturist beaches are a great place to be completely textile free. All year round swimming pools organize naturist swim hours. In saunas nudity is considered normal. There are several naturist sports groups and also naturist yoga is organized. This page tells you more about naturism in our beautiful country.
Let’s start with a personal selection of naturist places in and around Amsterdam:
- Het Marnix – pool
Marnixplein 1, 1015 ZN Amsterdam
Naturist swim every Tuesday, 21:15 – 22:45 h.
- Sportfondsenbad Oost – pool
Land van Cocagneplein 44, 1093 NB Amsterdam
Naturist swim every Sunday morning 8:30 – 9:45 h.
- Zuiderbad – pool
Hobbemastraat 26, 1071 ZC Amsterdam
Naturist swim every Sunday 16:15 -17:30 h.
- Zonneweide Amsterdamse Bos – meadow
Official naturist location in the forest of Amsterdam. No facilities. It is just a field in the forest. Free entrance.
- Het Twiske – beach
Noorderlaaik 8, 1511 BX Oostzaan
The name of this official naturist beach is Baaiegatstrand, although nobody knows this name… You can swim in the lake and there is a small sandy beach. Further is mostly grass.
- De Nieuwe Meer / Oeverlanden – gay nudist area
Oude Haagseweg, Amsterdam
I am not sure if I should mention this place, but it is the closest nudist place near my house (just 3 km). It is primarily known as a gay cruising area, but on a warm summer day it can be so busy that it is impossible to cruise. Then it becomes more an open air café. It is close to a main highway and close to the airport at well, so not very quiet.
De Nieuwe Meer / Oeverlanden
- Spaarnwoude – tiny lake beach
Official naturist beach. Small pond for swimming. A highway is nearby, so it is not very quiet. Free entrance and free parking.
- Gaasperplas – meadow
Gaasperplas, Amsterdam Zuidoost
Official naturist “beach” although there is no access to the water. No facilities.
- IJmuiden and Bloemendaal beach
One of my favorites! The naturist beaches of IJmuiden and Bloemendaal are seperated by a small (250 meter) textile zone. On a warm summer day the textile sunbathers flow over to the naturist beaches because these are much more quiet and spacious. The naturists don’t bother.
- Naked yoga for men
Okido Center, Van Ostadestraat 387, 1074 VX Amsterdam
Every Wednesday naked yoga for men. Start: 20:15 h
- Zandvoort beach
Popular naturist beach. This is the only beach in the Amsterdam area with a train station. For me it is too crowded here. I prefer to go to less busy places.
- Bergen aan Zee beach
This is one of my favourite naturist beaches. The beach is wide (specially at low tide) and very quiet. There is always a lot of space.
Bergen aan Zee
- Langevelderslag beach
The beach is not as wide as IJmuiden and Bergen aan Zee. The great advantage is the easy access by car to this beach. Payed parking only € 3 per day (in 2016).
Several restaurants close to the car park.
- Laakse Strand – lake beach
Wielseweg or Rassenbeekweg, Zeewolde
A good alternative if it is too cold at the coastal beaches. It is possible to swim, but there are a lot of plants in the water. The water is not very deep, so after a few warm days in spring it can already be nice to swim here.
Payed parking at the end of Wielseweg or free parking at the end of Rassenbeekweg.
- Zilverstrand, Almere – lake beach
Re-opened 1 May 2018 after road works of the A6 motorway.
Quite some noise from the motorway, but a good choice if you drive by on a hot day. Good water to swim.
- Brediusbad – open air pool
Spaarndammerdijk 306, 1013 ZX Amsterdam
Only summer season: Clothing optional swim Tuesday and Thursday morning 7.00 – 9.00 h.
- Wijk aan Zee beach
The naturist beach is north of the village.
Wijk aan Zee
- Geestmerambacht lake beach
Klaregroetweg 1, 1723 PW Langedijk
Just north of the city of Alkmaar is this lake with several beaches, including a small naturist beach. This is a perfect place to swim. Free parking. Toilet and restaurants.
- Fort Vuren river beach
Waaldijk 29a, 4214 LB Vuren
Not an official nudist beach. What I like most of this beach is the location. The river Waal is the connection between Rotterdam and Germany. So many ships pass by. No facilities.
- Spa Zuiver – sauna
Koenenkade 8, 1081 KH Amsterdam
Modern luxurious spa.
- Sauna van Egmond
Van Egmondstraat 4, 2024 XM Haarlem
- Amsterdamse Lichtbond (ALB)
Loodijk 30, 1244 NL Ankeveen
Naturist association with its own grounds for daytime recreation. Make sure to read the website before you visit them.
Naturism in The Netherlands and the law
The Dutch love their laws. We have many of them. And occasionally laws contradict each other. So then we just choose what fits us best. After every accident that makes the news, there is always a group that demands a new law to prevent similar accidents in the future.
With so many laws, authorities can’t check them all. This leaves room for flexibility. A well known example is the red traffic light for cyclists and pedestrians. Many people consider the red light to be just a recommendation. Then authorities decided that cyclists ignoring the red lights are too dangerous. So the police started to enforce the law and now it is more common to stop at the red light. (Or at least you are more careful to see if a police officer is watching you…)
What does this have to do with naturism? Nothing! But it brings me to an other side of Dutch law making. Sometimes laws are passed that leave room for interpretation. Basically the politicians leave it to the judges to decide what the law will be in daily life. And that is what happend with the law about public nudity.
Artikel 430a WvS
Article 430a of the Penal Code states:
"A person who is outside a place designated by the city council as suitable for undressed public recreation, undressed, or at a place intended for public traffic that is not suitable for undressed recreation, will be punished with a first-class fine."
That’s easy, isn’t it? You can read all details about this in Dutch on www.artikel430a.nl. This site is good reading if you are going to be naked in a public area that is not signed as “nudity allowed”.
On public terrain (a place intended for public traffic) you may recreate naked if the terrain, place or area is suitable for nude recreation.
The interesting part of this, is that you can decide for yourself if a place is suitable. If a police officer fines you, you only have to say the place is suitable for nude recreation. If you still get a fine, just take it to court. There the local government has to prove that at that time the place was NOT suitable for naked recreation. It is not you who has to prove it is suitable. Interesting, isn’t it?
And to make it even more interesting, when the municipality puts a sign at an area that says “naked recreation not allowed”, you can just ignore that, if you find the area to be suitable for naked recreation.
So most important is just to use your common sense. In a remote area, you can just take of your clothes. But if textile people see you, they might say something of disapproval. For most Dutch people naked recreation is something to do only at the naturist beach or sauna.
In private areas, the owner or manager determines what is allowed, so article 430a is not about that. In your own garden and house, you decide whether to recreate naked, no one has anything to do with it, even if others can see you. If you are not visible it is not a nude recreation anyway.
Only if your house or plot is adjacent to a busy public road or square and you could disturb order by being naked, the judge can impose restrictions on you after complaints. Anyone with common sense can reason whether or not you want to recreate there.
Along the coast of the North Sea are many naturist beaches. As everywhere they are the longest walk from the parking area and city center… That makes them also the quietest and cleanest beaches of the country.
Many lakes have a naturist beach too. Some have basic facilities, like toilets.
The website naaktstrandje.nl is the most complete and up to date listing of all naturist beaches in The Netherlands.
The (un)written rules at the naturist beach
- no photography
- no staring
- keep your distance
- take your trash with you
- no (loud) music
- at many beaches dogs are not allowed
[work in progress…..]
In saunas it is Amsterdam: