We would like to welcome you into the gardens of Amstel Boathouse. Throughout the year these winter gardens are a great place to stay with groups of 20 to 200 people. Take your guests on a journey to a place where natural beauty, wonderful daylight, plants and flowers are the centre of attention.
The names of the gardens refer to important ‘spiegelretourschepen’ (East Indiaman ships) from the VOC-period. The most famous ships of all is perhaps the ‘Batavia’. This immens sailing ship was constructed in Amsterdam in 1628. One year later, while on the ‘Kaap de Goede Hoop – Indië route, it was wrecked. On board were 12 cases of silver coins and gold worth 260.00 guilder, luxurious consumer goods, jewels, the ‘Rubens Vaas’ and blocks of sandstone that were supposed to form a gate in the construction of ‘Kasteel van Batavia’ (Castle of Batavia). Are you curious yet? Nowadays, the wreck is in Fremantle Australia, but you can always pay a visit to the Batavia-wharf in Lelystad where a replica awaits you.