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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  • NickofSurrey
    Surrey, United Kingdom710 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 April 2023
  • FamilyW149
    Manchester, United Kingdom29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 1 May 2023
  • Maz A
    49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Tin_Manila
    Manila, Philippines381 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 Kingdom48 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
    43 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, California7 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, Canada12 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 Emirates5,975 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 Kingdom1,085 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
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Julia Sztuczkowska
Warsaw, Poland83 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
It is a beautiful park with a natural pool in the middle. Ideal for walking.
an ordinary park. Just like in every city.
City centers need parks.
this is such a place
Written 20 April 2024
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K Pastore
Hinsdale, IL717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Spectacular park with limestone paths throughout. You can relax near one of the water features or stroll through the trees. The weekends can be very busy with so many runners and bikers. It's a great place to enjoy some outdoor greenery.
Written 15 April 2024
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sunshinegirlDevon
devon66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Vondelpark is ideal for a walk, cycle or run. We hired bikes for an hour (25 euro for 2) from Macs, about half mile away. This meant cycling on cycle lane to the park. There doesn’t seem to be anywhere within the park to hire bikes. We were looking forward to seeing lots of tulips in the park, being April, but there were hardly any, apart from in baskets in the lake, but otherwise, a lovely park.
Written 11 April 2024
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skiplo
Winchester, UK79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Busy but such a lovely green space in the middle of Amsterdam. It’s a safe place to try out cycling with younger children before heading out onto the roads and it’s a break from the busyness of the city.
Written 31 March 2024
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Basically T
Leicester, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Vondelpark was absolutely beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed a casual walk around, viewing some beautiful buildings and wildlife.
Written 30 March 2024
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Andy B
Selby, UK4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This is actually a great park full of life, lovely walk and a great coffee. Ideal for a run, cycle or yoga! Only reason I didnt rate it higher was the litter could do with tidying up and some areas look a bit run down.
Written 12 March 2024
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carolineannekennedy
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Spring is coming! Visiting Vondelpark during the spring season is a wonderful experience. This iconic park is blooming with snow drops and other spring flowers right now. We had a lovely stroll in the sun and enjoyed a take away coffee from one of the carts in the park. My 2 year old played with the ducks near the pond. When you walk here you know: life in Amsterdam is good. So don’t hesitate to visit this park if you want a peaceful getaway right next to the hustle and bustle of the city center.
Written 10 March 2024
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Cruiser05751804986
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
What a beautiful place to visit. Plenty of things to do. Would recommend the lovers boat trip with New York pizza! Four to five days is plenty to fit everything in.
Written 24 February 2024
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Kirsten B
Wallasey, UK27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We saw recommendations for this park on trip advisor and travel sites but, it definitely didn't live up to expectations. Upon entering the park it was noticeably busy, which in of itself isn't a negative however, the cyclists were going extremely fast and it didn't feel safe to cross to get to the walking paths at times. In our first ten minutes wandering around, a drunk man approached me standing close and started slurring, we moved away and shortly after he tried to kick another women and her bike before moving on and prodding aggressively another two women. Deciding to avoid him but, thinking this is probably just a random occurrence, we walked down another path to be faced with a group of men surrounded by empty beer cans and another man rummaging through the bins. Our visit was at 2pm in the afternoon, I didn't feel safe there and we decided to leave, such a shame and I genuinely feel sorry for the individuals that are in that position but, I definitely wouldn't recommend coming here especially if bringing young children.
Written 18 February 2024
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Lenny H
Auckland, New Zealand797 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
What a great park in the middle of a bustling city. An absolute must. Beautiful in all seasons. It’s great to see so many locals using it, too.
Written 15 February 2024
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