Best guide to Amsterdam Swing Over the Edge

“What’s that?” Asked the teens pointing to the top of the tall building next to our accommodation where we could see what appeared to be a swing.  Enquiries revealed that it was the A’DAM Lookout swing.  Europe’s highest swing, no less.  From that moment onwards it was inevitable that I would have to look on whilst the teens swung hundreds of metres above Amsterdam.
A'DAM Lookout Swing

Once at the top, the views are stunning.  Not that we got to linger as the teens were focused on joining the queue for the Amsterdam Lookout Swing.  All bags, slip on shoes and phones need to be handed over and then they were strapped in very securely.  Then I covered my eyes.

A'dam Lookout swing

Once the swinging was over we got to wander round and take in the stunning views of Amsterdam.  You can see why they call it the Amersterdam Lookout.

A'DAM Lookout Swing

What would you do if you saw a red plastic horse, complete with proper saddle, at least a couple of feet taller than you?  Foolishly I decided to climb up onto its back.  Just a word of warning, it is a lot easier to get up on a high horse than it is to get down.

A'DAM Lookout Swing

We visited at the end of busy day sightseeing and were rewarded with a stunning sunset.  Even if you don’t go on the swing going up to the Amsterdam observation deck is well worth it for the bird’s eye views of Amsterdam.

One floor down is a bar with floor to ceiling glass walls.   Dotted around are large screens that you can pivot and as new buildings hove into to view it tells you what you are looking at, a very fancy electronic diorama, giving a great Amsterdam view.

A'DAM Lookout Swing

Or you could choose to sit and and take in the views with a drink in hand.  Just don’t look down on your way to the bar, its a long way down!

A'DAM Lookout Swing

We did many interesting and wonderful things in Amsterdam like seeing cool street art, gliding along canals and seeing The Nightwatch at the Rijksmuseum but the A’DAM Lookout Swing was the teens favourite thing by a long way.


  • A’DAM Lookout is in Noord Amsterdam, to get there take the free ferry to Buiksloterweg that leaves from behind the Centraal Station.
  • Tickets cost €18.50 adults €12.50 child (4-12)
  • Swing is €7.50 more you need to be 120cm and over
  • Open 10am- 10pm
  • The rest of the Amsterdam Toren is taken up with the Sir Adam Hotel, which I imagine has great views.




  1. August 27, 2017 / 7:05 am

    Yes, that was inevitable. The whole scenario kind of reminds me of something the Weasley twins from Harry Potter might get up to. is that what life is like with multiples? #MySundayPhoto

    • August 27, 2017 / 11:29 am

      My brother also has twins, he informed me on the day that mine were born that everything would be a blur until they went to school and then it would be just like have two children. He was spot on!

  2. August 27, 2017 / 7:47 am

    Oh my goodness! Brave boys. What a view though. Did you have a go? #MySundayPhoto

    • August 27, 2017 / 8:25 am

      No I climbed onto a very tall red model of a shire horse and could then not get down!

  3. August 27, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Oh that would be a must for my gang too.

  4. August 27, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Oh I would do this! What a view! Well done them!

    • August 27, 2017 / 11:27 am

      Great views and a bar even if you don’t have the dare devil streak

  5. August 27, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Wow that looks amazing. I’d love to try this too, what a fantastic view! #mysundayphoto

  6. August 27, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    What!? That’s amazing! I’d love to try it!

  7. August 28, 2017 / 6:39 am

    That looks amazing. And terrifying, even for you watching them!

  8. August 31, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    Wow that looks absolutely amazing – I would love to try it (not really compatible with a two year old as she was on our last visit to Amsterdam) and enjoy the views in the bar after. A drink might well be called for… #farawayfiles

    • August 31, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      It certainly was after my trauma on the horse!

  9. August 31, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    We didn’t have time – but that looks fun! #Farawayfiles

  10. September 1, 2017 / 3:19 am

    I would so love to sit in that swing. The views must be fantastic and sitting on a swing so high up, you must feel out of this world!

  11. Trish @ Mum's Gone To
    September 1, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Oh I don’t think I could have done that! I love the views though – worth going to the top just for that. I’d be like you, straddling a horse just for a laugh and then make a fool of myself with an ungainly dismount!

    • September 1, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Views were stunning and we had the perfect evening for it

  12. Clare Thomson
    September 1, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    What a fun thing to do in Amsterdam, Catherine! I didn’t see this. I don’t think I’d have dared get on a swing that high up though. Those views would terrify me, I’m sure – I once had to press the panic button because I was so scared on one of the rides at DiggerLand!! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  13. afamilydayout
    September 4, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    I’ve never heard of this before but I’d definitely be up for a swing (and horse ride!). Looks great fun! #farawayfiles

    • September 4, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      Maybe don’t wear a long skirt for the horse!

  14. September 6, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    GAH! No way. Would you get me out there on that swing. But my teens would also probably LOVE this! Now the high horse I would also probably attempt! Haha! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

    • September 6, 2017 / 11:03 pm

      High horse probably best left alone, but I loved it right up until the moment I had to get off!

  15. October 1, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Wow! The swings looks pretty exhilarating. That’s one way to see Amsterdam! Love the photo of you on the horse #citytripping

    • October 1, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      Being on a high horse came naturally!

  16. travelingchristie
    October 24, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    OMG this is just crazy I don’t know if I would be able to watch if it was our boys but I know they would want to do it, and I bet those views are amazing, such beautiful photos, Thanks so much for linking up #Mondayescapes x

  17. November 1, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    This looks absolutely terrifying! They are much braver than me

    • November 1, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      And me, I whimpered at the back!

  18. November 1, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    This looks like such awesome fun! I’ve never heard of it before, but what a fantastic way to see Amsterdam (if you keep your eyes open – ha!). I need by boys to do a bit more growing before we can get on there though. Thanks for linking up to #fearlessfamtrav

  19. November 2, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    We didn’t get there but that swing looks well worth it!! #Fearlessfamtrav

  20. May 19, 2018 / 11:26 pm

    I had no idea this existed but now it’s on my bucket list!! So cool!

    • May 19, 2018 / 11:39 pm

      Teens loved it, the highlight of the holiday

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