Vondelpark
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At one of Amsterdam's most famous parks, travelers can enjoy a host of outdoor activities amid beautiful English-style landscaping. Here, you can hike the countless trails or ride a bike around to spot charming bandstands and even a sculpture by Picasso along the way. Have a picnic by the pond as herons and ducks waltz past or pop by one of the many cafes in the park. You might want to visit between April and May to see the park awash with tulips in bloom or between May and September to watch live concerts at the open-air theater. – Tripadvisor
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Neighborhood: Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier)
Top sites to see in this attractive and affluent part of town include the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, to name but two of the highly acclaimed museums of the aptly named Museum Quarter. And if you need a break from all the fantastic art, there’s the Neoclassical Concertgebouw music hall and Vondelpark, the city’s largest park. Shopaholics and luxury brand connoisseurs will love exploring the high-end shopping destinations of PC Hooftstraat, Van Baerlestraat, Cornelis Schuytstraat, and Jacob Obrechtstraat, where even the shop window displays are of museum quality. In the evenings, when the museums close and the daytrippers head home, the area becomes a quiet oasis of calm with a sophisticated and urbane tone.
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  • Megan C
    Barnsley, United Kingdom10 contributions
    Lovely escape from city centre
    Fantastic area to get away from the busy centre. We stayed nearby so walked through and it was a lovely change from the rest of the city. There is a cafe in the middle but it was closed when we went - I can imagine it would be lovely in the spring/summer for a picnic.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 27, 2023
  • MrMrsHappyR
    Liverpool, United Kingdom1,158 contributions
    Nice park
    Large park to the south of Amsterdam centre. Worth a visit if you are going to the nearby Van Gogh Museum or Rijkmuseum. Nice to wander around on a winter's day. Lots of small lakes and statues.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2023
  • SMB
    Andover, United Kingdom47 contributions
    Great for a wander
    The Saturday morning we walked around with a coffee and pastry and it was lovely. Close to our hotel, the park is large with alot of people on bikes, running or playing football. Alot of dog walkers too. There are lots of paths to take with little bridges and lakes. Lovely if yoy are visiting museums nearby or want to relax from the hustle and bustle of the centre.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 13, 2023
  • Sally L
    Chester, United Kingdom143 contributions
    Nice open space
    Great escape from the bustling city streets. Loved the parakeets flying freely and clearly enjoying the park. Pity they don’t have separate cycling and pedestrian paths as bikes clearly rule the routes and pedestrians beware
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 25, 2023
  • NickofSurrey
    Surrey, United Kingdom700 contributions
    Nice park
    Very nice park in the centre of the city. Very busy on a nice spring day. Has at least two places where you can sit and get a beer and something to eat. We got lost a few times looking for it. Would have been much easier to jump on tram number 2 which stops right near the park entrance and took us back to Amsterdam Centraal Station in 10 minutes
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2023
  • FamilyW149
    Manchester, United Kingdom29 contributions
    A lovely oasis, great for people-watching in the sun
    Spent a little time here in a very busy long weekend to rest my feet and absorb some sunshine. Very chilled out and clean. A couple of guys cycling round offering cold beers for sale - not sure if legally - but as I didn't want one, I don't know how expensive (or cold!) they were
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Maz A
    42 contributions
    Lovely Park amidst the Chaos of the city
    This is a lovely spacious park. I took a walk around it after going to the museums, I did not stay too long as I was tired from walking all over the city. This park is approx 40 mins from Centraal station. It is very picturesque place, I enjoer wsyed observing the wildlife and lakes. The weather was good and you could easily spend all day here. Its worth a trip here if you have the time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Tin_Manila
    Manila, Philippines375 contributions
    Great park to have a picnic and relax
    We stayed here for an hour or two to relax, eat and nap while our son played in the grass. We didn't have time to go further inside because we were already happy with our spot under a tree just maybe a 100 meters from the entrance. We were here to kill time before our canal cruise and I'm glad we went here. It was a hot summer afternoon and this is the perfect place to go. Just buy snacks/drinks at the nearest AH, bring a picnic blanket or just some cloth to cover the (slightly wet/cold grass) then you're good.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Az & Gabbs
    Yealmpton, United Kingdom29 contributions
    Beautiful park
    What a beautiful but very very busy park! It’s a large area and you can easily spend hours wondering around and taking in the trees, flowers, statues, fountains and wildlife! Perfect for a sunny day with a picnic! Would recommend a visit here
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Dtappel
    37 contributions
    A peaceful park to explore
    We stayed near Vondelpark while visiting Amsterdam, and it was a good place for our children, age 4 and 6, to explore. It would make a good visit for anyone though as there are many different areas of the park. You’ll see lots of people walking, biking, and picnicking. A good way to see the people of Amsterdam living life.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
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arun316
Mumbai, India36 contributions
Dec 2019
Vondelpark is a massive park, Google Maps may seem confusing with different enter and exit points. I would say it is better to exit the way you came into the park in the first place! About the park, it is better visited in summer and spring, because I believe it will be a lot greener and with some flowers. In the winter, it wears a plain look which may look good in pictures, but not as much in real. We visited the place in winter and felt that we could have spent our time, elsewhere.

In the winter, there is activity but looks deglamorized with no scenery and greenery. So, you may see cyclists, people walking around, running and dogs hopping around, and statues here and there. There are not many places to eat save for few places like Blue Tea House (check my review). I would say plan something else instead of coming here and wasting precious few hours, in winter. If it is summer or spring, you can by all means, visit Vondelpark.
Written January 9, 2020
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xchloeemma
Leeds, UK18 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We've visited here twice, once in may and a very hot day and second time in Feb where it was cool and occasionally rained.
In may it was busy and people sitting on the grass and in Feb it was quiet and people out cycling, with their dogs or goin for a run
There are a couple of places to eat and drink and there are toilets as well.
It's a beautiful place, especially in summer when the water features are on.
A must place to visit.
Written February 26, 2020
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Shakir Sharfraz A
Amstelveen, The Netherlands341 contributions
Jul 2020
Good place to stroll around on a weekend! From Amstelveenseweg on one end to Leidsplein on the other end its hardly 3km. The place is a bit crowded with people lying on the grass and around water area. Works of art are scattered around the park. The most notable of these artworks is Picasso's Figure decoupee.
Written August 1, 2020
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Hamishthehedgehog
Kent211 contributions
Jun 2019
We were lucky enough to be staying only a short distance from the Park so we had easy access. One thing you notice in Amsterdam is that the locals love their green space. Always busy with cyclists, walkers, joggers and families plus dogs!
The park is quite large with different areas some more wild than others. There are plenty of water features, ponds and fountains with usual inhabitants ducks. Loads of parakeets flying around, home from home we live in Kent get green birds in parks. The absolute best bit of our visit was seeing Stork nesting in protected area in middle of park, up on tall post wow dont see that everyday.
This is a natural park not Kew gardens but it is a great open space. We saw a open air theatre where there appears to be concerts at certain times. There are childrens play areas. We stopped a couple of times at the cafe in centre of park, self service, for beer and coffee and just sat outside under trees and watched world go by. If you have a Map you can exit the Park to see various small attractions, nice church and some Royal Horse palace, anyway an old building with equines. All in all nice oasis in busy city.
Written January 16, 2020
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Alfred O
Amsterdam, The Netherlands35 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
I have taken my Bike around and through this Huge beautiful Park many of times .There are Roads for tiny cars or lots of Bike roads all through this park . Their also is a little lake in the Center of this Park for Canoes and boats . Mostly row boats for leisure boat rides . This Park has a huge green area fo just lounging on the grass and spending time .Their are People who cone to this Park during the Sunny warm days to sun bath and Smoke weed too .But it's a nice Place for Families and children to Just Socialize too .
Written May 11, 2020
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Dan R
San Diego, CA5 contributions
Jan 2020
We have small children and found the playground at the Southwest end (away from the City Center) was a nice diversion for them. The ponds are serene and trees are tall and beautiful. Lovely for a bike ride.
Written January 11, 2020
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Armand
51 contributions
Feb 2019
Heard so much about this park that we had to check it out, located in the center of the city close to Leidseplein where eateries, bars, shops, clubs and movie theaters are. The park is big with walking paths throughout and a main paved cycling, running path around the park but still in the park. Watch out for commuting cyclist!!
Written January 6, 2020
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS3,046 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Unplanned circumstances allowed us to become well acquainted with Vondelpark in the heart of Amsterdam. We had Sunday reservations at both the Van Gogh & Rijksmuseum. We had no idea that the Amsterdam Marathon was being run that day! Sunday morning, as we tried to access the Van Gogh Museum, we discovered that we would have to use an alternate, longer route. We hurried through Vondelpark and finally found a bridge that took you over the participants. After our time in the museum, we leisurely walked through the park to then discover that getting into the Rijksmuseum would be just as difficult. Vondelpark is a beautiful green space in the center of Amsterdam!
Written November 8, 2023
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tilly1622
Middlewich, UK534 contributions
May 2022
A very picturesque park, we cycled the length and back at around 5pm when it seems all the locals were using the park as a cut through commute.
Be warned that it is not easy to stop in order to see the art pieces because of how busy it is. We had to ride way out of the way to then turn around and cycle on the opposite side as there was just no way to stop and cross safely.
Written September 2, 2022
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JordanTodd
Los Angeles, CA7 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
I first went to Vondelpark over 20 years ago as a backpacker and then again last month (July 2023) with my family — and both visits were highlights during my visits to Amsterdam. The park was exactly the same decades later, in all the best ways.

Not only are these gorgeous grounds lush with flowers, greenery and the backdrop of water and beautiful buildings, it’s also extremely clean and stunningly well cared for. Even with many people there, you still feel a sense of peace and reprieve from the busy city that surrounds it. It’s the perfect spot to have a picnic, read a book, play with your kids or just walk around and clear your head. If I lived in Amsterdam (a dream of mine), I’d be at Vondelpark as often as possible.
Written August 6, 2023
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