Bungee trampoline at Center Parcs De Eemhof.
Bungee trampoline at Center Parcs De Eemhof.

Center Parcs De Eemhof, Zeewolde, near Amsterdam, Netherlands

A reliable bet for an active family holiday in the Netherlands, Center Parcs De Eemhof has masses of things to do on-site for all ages as well as being less than an hour from Amsterdam, meaning you can easily head off to explore the city for the day. It also means you have the option of flying into the Dutch capital and hiring a car from there, if you don't choose to come to the Netherlands by car and ferry.

De Eemhof's facilities and activities include an indoor pool complex with a wave machine, a surf flowrider, and swimming and diving tuition for all ages. Heading outside, there's watersports on the lake, and you can explore the attractive wooded setting on foot or by bike, and have a go at archery, climbing and zipwiring, among other activities (many incur an extra charge and need to be booked on-site). Or if the weather isn't on your side, the indoor waterpark will provide hours of fun.

All accommodation is self catering, with kitchens and dining areas; some cottages are designed for those with younger kids, with play-huts and mini-theatres. Some accommodation is starting to be in need of a little TLC; the most modern options are in the Marina area. There are also quirky boathouses on the water itself.

With some options sleeping up to 12, Center Parcs De Eemhof is ideal for holidays with friends, extended family or grandparents. This is also a good choice with teens who want the option to go off and do their own thing, whether it's join in the DJ or graffiti academies or play beach volleyball.

When you need to re-fuel, there are shops selling food and essentials, as well as restaurants and bars. Optional meal packages (breakfast/dinner/half board) allow you to make savings.

Read our review of a family break at Center Parcs De Eemhof.


Center Parcs De Eemhof is 48km from Amsterdam and 90km from Amsterdam ferry port.

Center Parcs De Eemhof

What to expect

Beach nearby
Indoor pool
Kids club
Kids pool
On-site shop
Outdoor play area
Outdoor pool


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Waterside cottages at Center Parcs De Eemhof.

Waterside cottages at Center Parcs De Eemhof.

Lake view at Center Parcs de Eemhof.© Ton HURKS

Lake view at Center Parcs de Eemhof.


Family-friendly accommodation at Center Parcs De Eemhof

651 cottages, lodges and apartments.

Hotel apartments sleep 2.

Cottages sleep 2–12 (Kids’ Cottages with children’s furniture, play facilities and baby amenities sleep 4). Some have private sauna and Jacuzzi.

Waterfront Suites in the Marina area sleep 4–12.  

Boathouses sleep 6.

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Marina apartment at Center Parcs De Eemhof.

Marina apartment at Center Parcs De Eemhof.


Watersports at Center Parcs de Eemhof

Childcare (see above).

Teen hangout.

Indoor waterpark with wave pool, surf Flowrider, baby pool, swimming and diving lessons, and slides.

5 restaurants (baby food and children’s menus); bar; live evening entertainment including kids' disco.

Children’s farm.

Zipwires and climbing walls; archery; basketball.

Watersports including canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, boating and banana boats.

Lake beach with beach volleyball.

DJ and graffiti academies.

Laser battle.

Escape room.



Adventure golf.

Bike hire including multi-person family bikes.


Kids’ entertainment, activity programs and reading hour.

Nappy-changing facilities around site.

Pigs at Center Parcs De Eemhof.

Pigs at Center Parcs De Eemhof.

Center Parcs De Eemhof indoor waterpark.

Center Parcs De Eemhof indoor waterpark.