Take a break from urban Amsterdam and discover Vondelpark, an English-style green spacegetaway in the heart of the city in Vondelpark. Opened in 1865, the 111-acre (45-hectare) park boasts an open-air theatre, a film museum, a lake, and a riding school. Several cafés, restaurants, and museums make the park a year-round attraction.
The park’s close proximity to Museumplein makes it a convenient stop during a day of wider-city sightseeing. Active travelers can ride along scenic cycle paths on a bike tour, while culture vultures canstroll the park’s rich avenues on a walking tour. Discover the park’s hidden gems on a tour that focuses solely on Vondelpark, or explore the green space at your own pace by taking advantage of the hop-on hop-off buses that stop nearby.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Vondelpark’s is popular with families, joggers, cyclists, and wildlife-watchers.
- Bring your binoculars for a closer glimpse of flora and fauna, including blue herons and over 150 different species of tree.
- Remember your boots and umbrella during the rainy months, as some spaces can get muddy.
- Vondelpark’s main paths and cafée terraces are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. wheelchair- and stroller-friendly.
How to Get There
The centrally-located park is easily accessible by foot, bike, or tram. Trams number 1, 2, and 5 from Centraal Station stop at Leidseplein, directly opposite the park. Alternatively, you can take advantage of comprehensive sightseeing tours to find the park, along with other city attractions, with ease.
When to Get There
During summer, Vondelpark’s open-air theatre offers a programme of free events, including shows for kids—though be sure to book the often sold-out shows in advance.. The park is also particularly charming during fall, when green gives way to golden and amber hues.
New Names and Flat Fish
Originally named Nieuwe Park, Vondelpark was rechristened by locals in reference to the Joost van den Vondel statue located in the northeast. Vondel was a 17th-century writer, who remains a celebrated figure in Dutch culture. Look out for the Picasso-designed Figure Découpée (L'Oiseau), a surreal sculpture that offers fine photo opportunities and a perfect picnic spot.