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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The area
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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  • 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 Emirates9,524 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 Kingdom1,834 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 Kingdom216 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, Kansas4,045 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
  • carolineannekennedy
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    European floral paradise!
    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.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 March 2024
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arun316
Mumbai, India36 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 9 January 2020
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xchloeemma
Leeds, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 26 February 2020
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Shakir Sharfraz A
Amstelveen, The Netherlands344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 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 1 August 2020
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Hamishthehedgehog
Kent197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 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 16 January 2020
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Alfred O
Amsterdam, The Netherlands32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 11 May 2020
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Dan R
San Diego, CA6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 11 January 2020
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Armand
50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 6 January 2020
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS4,045 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 8 November 2023
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tilly1622
Middlewich, UK542 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 2 September 2022
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JordanTodd
Los Angeles, CA68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 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 6 August 2023
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