The Secrets of the Amsterdam Forest


Discover the secrets of the Amsterdam Forest (Amsterdamse Bos). Goats, islands, pancakes, a maze and some of the ‘big five’, they’re all part of this discovery game across Amsterdam’s greenest space! The route is approximately 8km long and we recommend cycling over walking as you solve our 11 cryptic clues. As you crack the clues, we’ll share stories and local recommendations.

This discovery game is played through our web app. All you need to do is open the link you receive after purchase (check your spam/promotions folder!) in your smartphone’s browser (data needed). The game is spread across 8km and takes around 2-3 hours to complete by bicycle – it also includes two breaks at lovely locations. The cryptic level of the clues is medium.

The price for the trail is 22.00 euros per team. We recommended playing with 2-5 people per team.

You can play one trail per user at a time. You can share your unique link with your teammates so everyone can see the clues. Only one player (the team captain!) should be submitting the answers. If you run out of battery, someone else on the team can continue submitting the answers using the same link.

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How Does It Work?

  • Start location & playing times: Begin in front of Grand Cafe de Bosbaan, at the top of the rowing track. From 1 March to 30 October, the trail can be played Wednesday-Sundays, starting between 10:00 – 15:00. From 1 November to 28 February, the trail can be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting between 10:00 – 15:00. Starting any later than 15:00 may result in certain locations, where you have to enter to find your answer, being closed.
  • Playing the game: To start playing open the link, that you received upon purchase, in your phone’s browser. Then, simply press the Start button to start solving the first clue. As soon as you hit Start, the clock starts ticking.
  • Solving the riddles: Solve the 11 clues by typing the answers in the text box and tap the tick button to submit your answer. Most answers are made up of one word only or a number – there are a few exceptions.
  • Hints: If you need a little help, ask for a hint. Hints will get you nearer to the location where you can find the answer to your clue. Note there’s only one hint per clue. Each hint you ask for will add 10mins ‘penalty time’ to your overall time.
  • Skipping riddles: In case you’d like to skip a clue/riddle without solving it and want to receive the next one, press ‘Skip this clue’. We recommend asking for a hint before you skip a clue to make sure you are near the right spot to continue from. Skipping a clue adds 20mins ‘penalty time’ to your overall time.
  • End location: You’ll at about a two-minute bike ride from the starting location, Grand Cafe de Bosbaan.

And just so you know,

  • The answers to some clues are hidden inside places and spaces we like. We don’t take any commission for bringing you there – we simply believe they add something extra to your experience.
  • You (the team captain) can always close and reopen your unique link in your phone’s browser – and you can continue playing where you left off until one week after starting the game.
  • This green trail includes two breaks at wonderful locations!
  • While most teams take between 2 to 3 hours to play this 8km game (using a bicycle!) around the Amsterdam Forest, there is no time limit on completing this route, so take your time and enjoy your new discoveries.

Hear and read what recent players said about our trails here.

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