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
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Tin_Manila
    Manila, Philippines378 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Az & Gabbs Attree
    Yealmpton, United Kingdom190 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Dtappel
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 July 2023
  • JordanTodd
    Los Angeles, California68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vondelpark is Vonderful
    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.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • MelanieJC
    Ottawa, Canada33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful oasis!!
    We visited the park after a busy museum day. It was a welcomed break infused with nature. So many ponds, geese, ducks, flowers. We even found a pub to have a snack!! I’m sure we only saw a small corner… it seems to go on forever!!! People jogging, biking, dog walking, roller skating! Full of life.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates9,037 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great park
    This is a really beautiful park. There are lots of wide open green areas, water features and places to sit and relax. There is a large road around the perimeter which is great for biking/ running. There are then smaller paths which take you further into the centre of the park, where the lakes are located. There are some lovely food and beverage options. Just a superb place to pass a few hours in Amsterdam. Entrance is free of charge.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 September 2023
  • weekak
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,831 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relax and unwind!
    Vondelpark was the first place i visited when i arrived in Amsterdam.It was a lovely hot day and this was a perfect place to wander and relax after my flight. This is a huge park with wide open grassy areas as well as lots of paths for the many bikes that whizz by so please be careful and watch where you are going. On my walk I spotted a lovely blue bridge, lots of willow trees and a huge heron right by the river. There were water fountains and statues and probably lots more interesting things to see as you walk further but I didn't have time. But definitely a great place to relax and unwind on a sunny day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Richard A
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom212 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful garden in the city
    Really beautiful and popular with dog walkers, runners and walkers (and of course tens of thousands of bicycles). Pretty water features, tennis courts, paly parks and cafes. Took about an hour to walk the circumference.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Marwan Z
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates210 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice park that is quite massive
    We had rented bicycles from A-Bike Rental that is close by, as there are no bicycle rent shops inside the park. The park is quite massive, though there are lots of people cycling, walking or just relaxing. Little to do inside the park though, so we just cycled several times around.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 October 2023
  • MKTBE
    Topeka, Kansas4,050 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely City Center Green Space!
    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!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 November 2023
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andijah
81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Business
Spent several of my breaks in the park. Very enjoyable.
Take care of your packed lunch, though - the birds come very close and will beg and try to partake in whatever you're having.
Written 10 June 2024
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Ben White
Northampton, UK2,943 contributions
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May 2024 • Friends
I like to call it the Central Park of Amsterdam because there's so many things to see, from sculptures, water features and ponds. It's slightly out of the centre but can be accessed from many different entrances.
The park itself is huge and there's many green open spaces so perfect for having picnics and catching up with friends.
When we visited the weather was stunning, 25 degrees celsius to be exact, so it was very busy but there was still plenty of room to sit down and soak up the sunshine.
Overall, a stunning park which is well kept and litter free. Would highly recommend if the weather is good and you're looking to relax whilst visting Amsterdam.
Written 27 May 2024
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Jimithy S
London, UK402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
When we booked a holiday for Amsterdam, we expected a beautiful green utopia with pretty canals and cycle lanes.
When we arrived we realised the reality is narrow concrete streets, barely anywhere to walk safely and very little green at all.

Once we made it to Vondelpark we finally felt like we went to the beautiful and picturesque Amsterdam "utopia" we expected, and then we found out they plan to build over the top it it!
Please vote to keep this park in tact people of Amsterdam, it's all you have!
Written 27 May 2024
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Todd R
New York City, NY37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I went to Vondelpark twice. Once I went on my own and I also took a bike tour of the city where we biked through the park. It is a beautiful park to walk or bike through. There is not much to see except for the beauty of the park. There are lots of runner, walkers, cyclists, etc... in the park and the park is very well maintained. If I was to run while on my trip I would have definitely headed over to the park. If you are a photographer there are lots of beautiful views. If you want to just experience Vondelpark and say you were there, 30-60 minutes is more than enough.

I would compare it to Central Park in NYC. There are people that can walk the 6 mile road in Central Park for 2-3 hours and love it or you take several hours to see the whole park and all of the areas, or you can say an hour in the park is enough to experience it and say you were there. It would also be similar to Lumpini Park in Bangkok.
Written 25 May 2024
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GT63
54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very large park. Well laid out with lots of park benches to sit down and relax. On sunny days the park is full of people enjoying the warm weather. Lots of things to do.
Written 15 May 2024
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geminigirl1
north walea293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
So beautiful!
Lots of people and dogs and just a great atmosphere!
And lots to do around the area
Definitely a must see if your down that way
Written 13 May 2024
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Alison K
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Really beautiful park, easily accessible via the trams. Had been scared to rent bikes and ride them around the streets of Amsterdam, but rented a few for a cycle around the park. It was amazing! If you do cycle around the park, make sure to follow the rules of the road (cycle on the right, indicate with hands before turning). The Picasso statue blends right into the park, such an interesting way to show that art is for the every day. Unfortunately we weren’t able to see any storks, however the island they are supposedly on still looked beautiful! We went mid day and it was busy, but not too crowded. Overall, a delightful park to visit.
Written 9 May 2024
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17porto
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Beautiful park not far from Rijksmuseum. During warm days a nice place to relax either in the sun or in the shade, during the evenings a lovely pretty quiet place for a walk, run or biking where you can hear the birds sing even in the middle of a city.
There are a few place where you can buy something to drink but I didn't try them.
Written 5 May 2024
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jbostedt
Genoa, NV28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We walked and biked this beautiful park in Amsterdam! There were lots of folks milling around and we enjoyed a snack at the cafe!
Written 24 April 2024
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sksnls
Torquay, UK103 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We cycled to this park from the city centre, its a nice big park with plenty of room for everybody, lots of benches and places to sit and relax. The only thing that let this down was the amount of rubbish. The bins were over flowing and there was rubbish all over the park which kind of ruined it. Not sure if we were just unlucky but we was here on a Monday afternoon when it was fairly quiet so might have just been rubbish from over the weekend but either way it wasn't a good look
Written 22 April 2024
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