It has a laid-back bohemian vibe and a beach shack serving ice cream.
After dark the beach comes alive with campfires, DJs and a beach-party atmosphere that continues into the morning hours.
Find more on Amsterdam and Blijburg aan Zee at the official Amsterdam tourism website. Details of evening and other events on the beach here (Dutch-language site only).
Sand in the City, Vienna
Best for: Almost any kind of beach activity you can imagine
The Danube River has a number of beaches along its length, but the coolest one is located in the grounds of the Vienna Ice Skating Club: the Sand in the City beach club.
One sandy theme succeeds another at the club.
The Sport Beach has beach volleyball, the games lit up at night with floodlights.
At Gastro Beach, stands serve strawberry punch, Italian ice cream and other refreshments.
Every Sunday the beach is transformed into an open-air salsa party with international DJs.
Sand in the City; open until September 7, 2013
Bruxelles les Bains, Brussels
Best for: Pretending you're at a resort when you're in the city
Every summer, 3,000 tons of sand from the North Sea are poured along the banks of the Brussels Canal.
The result is more like a resort than a beach, with a children's park and activities galore, from boules to Ultimate Frisbee.
Weekly events include beach rugby tournaments, a huge video games tent, dance lessons and free concerts held on the "sand stage."
Cocktail bars pepper the beach -- sundowners are hard to avoid.
Bruxelles les Bains; open until August 11, 2013
Amager Beach Park, Copenhagen, Denmark
Best for: Swimming laps
Since 1934, whenever locals have needed beach time, they've crossed one of two bridges to this island just off the city's coastline.
There are almost three miles of beaches here; the northern end is wild, with winding paths and sand dunes -- people come for picnics and play.
At the southern end is the new "city beach," with a broad promenade and boat marina.
You can launch yourself off the jetty for a swim, or get your heart rate up in the kilometer-long swimming lane.
Amager Beach Park (Danish-language site only)