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Vondelpark
Vondelpark

Vondelpark

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Vondelpark 1, Amsterdam, NH 1054 ET Netherlands
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Named for a poet, and appropriately the home-base of the free love movement in Amsterdam, Vondelpark is a lush oasis in the middle of Amsterdam, full of history and mystery. Whether you're here to ... Read more
take advantage of some of the park's more liberal allowances, to enjoy the skating area and playground, or just to soak in some sun and sit by the water, Vondelpark is a beautiful respite from the busy city. Not far from the museum area, you'll find it a great place to unwind and contemplate your day. Rent a bike and take a ride for maximum Amsterdamyness!

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San Francisco, California, USA

Great for stroll., bicycle, even dive in the canal. Go there on a sunny day and enjoy the park and the food.

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London, UK

Voldelpark is a very beautiful and relaxing place to go with families and friends where you can ride bikes, lay under the sun or even have a picnic.

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The Vondelpark is a public urban park of 47 hectares (120 acres) in Amsterdam.In the park is an open-air theatre, a playground and several horeca facilities.

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Menlo Park, California, USA

Beautiful park. Great place to come on a warm day to go for a stroll or hang out in the grass and people watch.

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San Francisco, California

This is a charming and beautiful park that you'll find lots of locals relaxing and tourists strolling about. It's the perfect place to watch and take in the greenery.

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Biberach (Riss)

I love this park! It is a very nice place where you can find good to yourself. whether switch off of the exciting sighseeing or also to the record the vitality of Amsterdam... be sure to visit!

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Heemskerk, Netherlands

Monumental and huge (central) park that is very popular by local Amsterdammers. Lively and lot's of action going on.

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Santa Clara, California, USA

Took a stroll around it was amazing to see how useful the park is to their citizens. Joggers, fitness, dog walks, picnicking can all be found throughout the park. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves immensely.

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Almere, Netherlands

Vondelpark in Amsterdam
Paviljoen in VondelparkVondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam, and certainly the most famous park in the Netherlands, which welcomes about 10 million visitors every year. The Vondelpark is centrally placed south of Leidseplein and near Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum. The Vondelpark is loved by Amsterdammers as well as by tourists, and is full of people - enjoying a sunny day, dog-walking, jogging, roller-skating, listening to music, people-watching, or just lazing about in grass. Free concerts are given at the open-air theatre or in the summer at the park's bandstand. Other attractions are the statue of the poet Vondel, the cast iron music dome, the Groot Melkhuis with playground for children, and the historical Pavilion with its restaurant Vertigo, opening in summer a popular terrace.
History of the Vondelpark
In 1864 a group of prominent Amsterdam citizens formed a committee to found a public park. They raised money to buy 8 hectares of land and the landscape architect Jan David Zocher was commissioned to design the park in then fashionable English landscape style. Zocher known also as Zocher junior as he was himself a son of the garden architect, worked with his son Louis Paul Zocher. Trained as architects in Paris and Rome, Zochers used vistas, ponds and pathways to create an illusion of a natural area. Father and son designed also Keukenhof and other parks in the Netherlands.
The park was open to public in 1865 as a horseback riding and strolling park named Nieuwe Park. The name Vondelpark was adopted in 1867 when a statue of Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel was situated into the park. The committee soon raised money to enlarge the park and by 1877, it reached its current space of 45 hectares. At that time, its site was on the edge of Amsterdam, since then it has become central in the city, close to Leidseplein and Museumplein. In 1873, L.P. Zocher built on a small island in the park an iron bandstand, the place of the popular music concerts.
In 1878, The Pavilion designed by W.H. Hamer Jr has been constructed, on a place of a similar wooden structure. Since 1975 until very recently, it housed The Film Museum, now transformed into a big modern institution called Eye Institute and moved to the new building at the IJ Lake in north of the city. In 2009 the world’s record biggest picnic recognized by The Guinness Book of Records with 433 persons participating, took place in the park.
Nature in VondeparkNature in Vondelpark
Constructed on a muddy dump area, the Vondelpark has to go through the total renovation each 30 years. This is because the actual ground level of the park constantly lowers itself. If these works would not be done, the whole park would be covered by water. It is visible after heavy rains at the end of the period before the next renovation, when whole parts of the park become vast ponds. The water cannot be simply pumped out as this would lower the groundwater around the park and endanger the wooden foundations of the buildings nearby.
The park exists now for almost 150 years has many old plane trees, horse chestnut, Dutch red chestnut, catalpas and different sorts of birch trees. Numerous bushes and herbs complete the park’s landscape. Vondelpark is also a home to many birds – wild ducks, blue herons and many smaller birds.
Sculptures in Vondelpark
The imposing 3 meters high bronze monument of the Dutch poet Vondel from 1867 is by Louis Royer, with the pedestal by Pierre Cuypers. An abstract concrete ‘Fish’ from 1965 is by Pablo Picasso. A bronze representing Caribbean woman called ‘Mama Baranka’ from 1985 is by Amsterdam contemporary sculptor Nelson Carillho.
Sculpture in VondelparkOpen Air Theatre
Theatre, dance performance and music is played during June, July and August. The open-air theater (Dutch: Open Lucht Theater) takes place in Vondelpark, near the entrance from Eeghenstraat. Admission is free, but some performances are so popular that we advise you to make an on-line reservation via their website.
www.openluchttheater.nl
When taking kids to Vondelpark
Vondelpark has six play areas and one large playground near Groot Melkhuis. It is also possible to rent skates there at Snoephuisje (near Amstelveenseweg entrance), pancake are served there as well. In June until beginning of September, the open air-theatre stages free children's shows. Traditionally on the Queensday, the Vondelpark becomes a Kinder Market where only kids may trade.
Vicinity of the park
Vondelstraat – a street that goes along the park has been constructed in decades after the establishment of the Vondelpark with many houses constructed by a foremost Amsterdam architect, designer of Rijksmuseum and Central Station, Pierre Cuypers with the house he designed for himself at no. 75. Hollandse Manege – today The Living Horse Museum is at no. 140.
Hostels near Vondelpark
There are several hostels close to the Vondelpark: StayOkay Hostel situated right in the park, while The Flying Pig Hostel is situated on Vossiusstraat 46, a parallel street to the park. You can also look at offers of hotels around Vondelpark.

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Local from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Wonderful park!
Easily accessible from the city center and close to the Museumplein.
The park is beautiful and quite big, it is nice to walk around or go by bike.
Of course is better to go in sunny days.
During Kingsday also offer a nice marketplace made by kids with second hand stuff and self-made games.

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Rijeka

Great park with nice lakes. There is a lot of local people during day doing activities... Take a hour and visit this nice park

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New Delhi, India

amsterdam's hyde or central park. people congregate here and for good reason. picnic, bike, walk or relax here. it's the perfect getaway from the chaos

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Indian Head, Maryland, USA

Once found we found ourselves there daily. Ah the beauty the serenity sounds over the top but in the middle of a busy city this place is magic. When there we all so appreciated where we were but it often was not part of the day's activities but we found ourselves there at some time during our/morning /day/evening. But much later that park is still very much with me. I remember it in my writing and my rough attempts at visual arts.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Giant park just outside central Amsterdam. Amazing open space, great for biking and laying out to catch some sun. Neat history as an epicenter for social movements in the city.

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Cascais

Amazing place, one of the most beautiful spots to check out while in Amsterdam! Definitely recommend it!

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Klang, Malaysia

Very beautiful view and picturesque, feel relaxed and enjoyed walking with your partner.

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Norwich, UK

Lovely open space with s variety of bird life. Small cafeteria with pleasant seating area by the water.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Perfect for an afternoon bike ride, Vondelpark is a huge expanse of green where groups of students, families and office workers meet.
Home to the second (and with fewer crowds) I Amsterdam sign.

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Sydney, Australia

Central Amsterdam's main public park. It's a classic urban oasis, and on a warm day great for a picnic, lounging, or just people-watching. It's easily the city's most vibrant public space in summer, but even on a warm day in winter attracts a bit of a crowd. It's beautiful and easily accessible from the old city by bicycle or on foot.

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London, UK

Beautiful park. Lovely place to spend the afternoon out of the crowds and commotion. Depending on the weather, would be a great place to take kids or go for a picnic.

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