around 10 million visitors every single year, and situated to the south of the
famous Museumplein, the Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s largest and most popular city
park. Offering a huge variety of action
and entertainment, such as an open air theatre, children’s playgrounds, a
selection of fine restaurants and picturesque scenery, Vondelpark is definitely
worthy of a visit.
our very first visit to Amsterdam and so we wanted to make the most of our
journey and explore everything that this vibrant city had to offer. It was late October and there was a wintery
chill in the air, we got up very early and began our walk into the city
centre. As we were staying in the South,
our walk took us via the famous Vondelpark, which welcomes around 10 million
visitors each and every year and is the largest public park in the city,
spanning over an impressive 120 acres.
was designed by the architect David Zocher, and later his son, and was styled
upon an English Garden theme. The park
was originally created as a horseback riding and strolling park by an
association of Amsterdam citizens. They
were able to use the park free of charge, but would charge an entrance fee to
anyone else who wanted to use it. The
park officially opened in 1865 and the entrance fee for the public was soon dropped.
entered the park, we were met by some truly stunning scenery; beautiful horse
chestnut and birch trees, a tranquil lake with ducks and herons and a majestic
fountain. The birds were singing in the
trees and to our amazement we looked up and saw several green parrots, such an
unexpected and memorable sight. We made
our way along the pathways passing several children’s playgrounds and an
enchanting rose garden, which was filled with over 50 types of colourful roses.
on our journey, we encountered several fascinating buildings, such as the historical
Pavilion which once housed the National Film Museum, the Open Air Theatre which
hosts dance, theatre and musical performances throughout the summer months and
the delightful cast iron bandstand. The
Vondelpark also boasts some incredible sculptures, including ‘The Fish’ which
was designed by the famous artist Pablo Picasso. Towards the centre of the park we found the
huge bronze statue of Joost van den Vondel, a 17th century poet
after whom the park is named.
green open spaces of the Vondelpark provide a perfect setting for a much-loved
picnic, which was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records in 2009 when the
world’s largest picnic took place here.
However, we decided to have brunch at the park’s charming Blue Tea House
(Blauwe Theehuis) instead. Set within a
circular building, which was built in the late 1930s, the tea house boasts a
fabulous restaurant and café. After
enjoying our snack, we made our way through the rest of the park, passing the
sightseeing tourists, local dog walkers and joggers and of course the renowned
cyclists, and out through the enormous gates onto the start of Amsterdam’s
We would highly recommend a trip to the
Vondelpark when visiting Amsterdam, as it is suitable for all ages and really does
offer something for everyone.