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The Bijlmerbajes: A Unique Destination for the Solo Traveler

The Bijlmerbajes in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. As a solo traveler, it may happen that you unexpectedly end up in prison. What now? Simple. Escape! Book a flight to Mexico, drink mocktails on the beach and send a postcard back to the prison you just escaped from. Piece of cake!

If you’re a solo traveler seeking unique experiences, a visit to the Bijlmerbajes in Amsterdam is a must. This former prison has a fascinating history and now offers a special place for adventurous trips. Read more in my blog.

Dining in the Bijlmerbajes with ‘De Maaltuin’

One of the most unique experiences you can have at the Bijlmerbajes is dining with ‘De Maaltuin’. This traveling restaurant has turned the former prison into a culinary hotspot. A five-course menu will be served in a prison theme, complete with delicious mocktails. It’s a great way to taste the atmosphere of the old prison (literally and figuratively) and enjoy a delicious dinner in an extraordinary setting. The food is not only tasty, but also “criminally” good!

History of the Bijlmerbajes

The Bijlmerbajes, officially known as the Penitentiaire Inrichting Amsterdam Over-Amstel, was opened in 1978 and served as a prison until 2016. The name Bijlmerbajes originated, when a news reporter used this nickname in 1974, and it has stuck ever since. Interestingly enough, the Bijlmerbajes is not located in the Bijlmer, but in Overamstel. This prison was known for its many escapes – more than a hundred in total!

A Fantastic Place for Portrait Photography

The Bijlmerbajes is a dream location for portrait photography enthusiasts. The beautiful rooms with their rough walls and large windows let the light enter in a beautiful way. This results in breathtaking photos. I have made several portraits here. Each photo tells a unique story. The special light and historical setting complete the picture. Are you a photographer or do you just like taking photos? The Bijlmerbajes will certainly not disappoint you!

A Place Full of Surprises

The Bijlmerbajes is no longer what it once was, but it remains a place full of surprises. Don’t forget to visit ‘De Maaltuin’, where you can enjoy a delicious five-course menu in a unique setting. Do you like history, photography, or are you just looking for a unique experience? This former prison has something to offer for everyone. If you ever get the chance to visit the Bijlmerbajes, grab it with both hands. It will be an experience you won’t soon forget.

So, solo traveler, what’s the most surprising place you’ve ever eaten during your travels? Share your stories in the comments!


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