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Vondelpark - Amsterdam's best public park


Vondelpark is the green heart of Amsterdam, a large public park that is very popular with both locals and visitors, especially in the summer - attracting over 10 million visitors per annum.

It's a great place for relaxing and chilling out, sunbathing, walking, cycling, inline skating, playing sport, having a picnic or just people watching!

The park was opened in way back in 1865 and is named after Dutch poet and author Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679) - you will see a large statue of Vondel in the north-eastern end of the park. Vondelpark is 47 hectares (116 acres) including 8 hectares of lakes and ponds. The main outer loop of the park is 3.3km long - quite convenient for those wanting to jog 10km or 3 laps.


Things To Do / See in Vondelpark

Old Filmmuseum building - At the north-eastern end of Vondelpark is a beautiful old pavillion building dating from 1878. This used to house the city's cinematography museum and film library - but this has recently moved to the north bank of the IJ at EyeFilm. At the pavillion is a hip café-terrace called Vertigo.

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Other Vondelpark cafés - There are 4 large cafes (including Vertigo) with outside terraces in Vondelpark. Café 't Blauwe Theehuis (Blue Tea House) on the north-eastern side. Café Het Groot Melkhuis (Large Milk House) in the central park area which is good for kids and serves pancakes, poffertjes and chips etc. Café De Vondeltuin at the south-western entrance where it is also possible to rent inline skates.

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There is a large children's paddling pool garden (waterspeeltuin) in the centre of the park. There are 5 children's playgrounds including at the Vondeltuin and Groot Melkhuis cafes.

There are a number of artwork sculptures (including The Fish by Pablo Picasso), 18 specially noted monumental trees and a large rose garden in the park. There is a tennis club on the northern side.

Muziekkoepel - Bandstand built in 1878 where music performances are also held in the summer.

Openluchttheater - This is a large open air theatre which holds regular concerts and performances (free entry) during the summer months (Fridays to Sunday). There is the Café Vondeling which is open during the shows.

At the western entrance there is a Hostelling International Stayokay youth hostel.

Note, barbecues and camping are not permitted in the park.

The main entry to Vondelpark is from either Stadhouderskade (near Leidseplein) and van Baerlestraat (near Museumplein) on the eastern side. The other access points come from various side roads connected to Overtoom, Amstelveenseweg and van Eeghenstraat. The park is free and open all year round.

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