The largest city, AMSTERDAM is also the capital of the Netherlands. A small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century). During that era, the city was the leading center for finance and diamonds,
Amsterdam's main attractions include its canals, The Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam Museum, Anne Frank House, Vondelpark and its red-light district.
Amsterdam is amazing. Love the canals, the boats on the canals, the unique architecture and the fact that it's centrum is completely walkable.
The most famous Park in the Netherlands and the largest Park in Amsterdam VONDELPARK welcomes 10 million visitors every year. The 47 Hectare (120 acres) Park is located south of Leidseplein and is very near the Rijksmuseum.
Amsterdammers love this park, as well as tourists and most days you will see people walking, jogging, roller-blading or just lazing in the grass listening to music or people watching.
The Park was open to the public in 1865 and named "Nieuwe Park" - New Park. In 1867 it was renamed Vondelpark when a statue of Dutch poet Joost Van Den Vondel was erected in the Park.
The day we were there, it was a beautiful sunny day and the Park was packed with people.
At the West Side of the Vondelpark you can exit to the Roemer Visserstraat.
There you find seven house named after countries, so you can travel a part of the Earth just by walking this street.
The seven countries are:
-Germany at #20
-France at #22
-Spain at #24
-Italy at #26
-Russia at #28
-Netherlands at #30
-England at #30A
General tip for anyone visiting: just have fun! I can't imagine anyone visiting Amsterdam and not having a great time, short of either getting some really bad weather while there or something lousy happening such as an illness or other bad experience.
There is certainly something for almost everyone. For the wilder and woolier types, there are the coffeeshops and Red Light District, loads of clubs and bars, and casinos. For the conservative folks, world-class and very unique museums, a world-famous concert hall, and a city history and architecture not found anywhere else I know of. If you're the less active type or possibly older, the trams make most of the main city areas and places of interest accessible without much walking. For those that choose to walk a lot, I think you could literally spend a month walking all day every day and still have areas unseen and cool places missed. Every street and alley seemed to be another adventure when walking about.
Still being in high spirits of seeing the sun in Amsterdam (the 1st time in my two trips there!!!!), I decided to take this pic....
Just imagined that if there had been leaves on trees, one might have thought that it's Summer or Spring.... :)))
Somewhere opposite Vondelpark....
Vondelpark is quite a big park to enjoy the peace and serenity...
There's another nice park at one end of this park surrounded by the museums such as, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, Stelidijk museum. I did not get the chance to take a picture to show you cos it was raining heavily after we finished taking these pictures and continued for the rest of the day. We passed by the park on the tram and the park looks beautiful.
Fondest memory: Look at that frozen lake. It was very cold when I was there. This is taken on Christmas day 2002, no snow, but icy cold weather with frozen lakes, but not thick enough for skating. This is a huge park with many people jogging, strolling with kids and dogs. Lotsa benches for you to rest, but too cold to be sat in this cold weather. It is a nice get away from the busy city center.
visit the open air theater in the vondelpark during the summer they have stand up comedy, life music, big party's everything this theater is lokated in the center of the vondelpark. an really relaxing park
drinks and food are available at the theater
Go to the Vondelpark in the summertime. There are a lot of people overthere and it is very relaxing to sit in the grass and look at all those weird people while drinking a beer!
A general tip for those who are really interested in Amsterdam and wants lots more information than this site can offer: visit: www.come.to/my.amsterdam.
Fondest memory: My birth! Just kiddin, I have a lot of fond memories of Amsterdam. I live there almost for all my life now. Especially the summers are lovely, just cruising on the Canals, visiting the parks, having a drink at the Leidsesquare. Do I need to say more?
Fondest memory: Vondelpark is a huge patch of city green for the leisurely visitor in search of a tranquil escape. It's a great spot that serves a heaping slice of local life while people ride their bikes, skate around on rollerblades, perfect their skateboarding tricks, read a book or, in the case of the photo, feed the ducks. Sometimes I'll bring extra bread to a large park such as this one. The kids love to throw it to the ducks and sometimes it's the beginning of a good conversation with the parents.
go and see the Vondelpark in the summertime, its filled with all sorts of people, lots to see, just sit on the grass somewhere in the sun and wait for the guy that comes around and sells cans of beer, very relaxing. or when you don't want to sit on the grass there is the filmmuseum; called Vertigo, where you can have something to eat or drink and in the evening they will show movies on a big screen outside on thursdaynight ( Vertigo )
In the middle of the parc is also 'het blauwe theehuis' (the blue teahouse) big terace, very popular place at the moment. (clublist only in Dutch)
Fondest memory: the atmosphere.... (picture is Vertigo, its borrowed from www.amsterdamhotspots.nl) amsterdam hotspots
Check out the Vondelpark in summer. It's green, relaxed and you can rent skates or just lie in the sun all day watching people go by.
Fondest memory: The canals in my neigbourhood, The Jordaan. The lighted bridges in the evening and the cute stores and restaurants.
Favorite thing: Visit the Vondelpark, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein (plein means square). The activities going on at these sites describe the Amsterdam-spirit at it's best. If you have time, pay a visit to coffeeshop Smokey at the Rembrandtplein (lots of tourist go there !)
The largest park of the city, close to the Leidseplein and the big museums and by
far the most popular with visitors and locals alike, especially during summer and
on sunny winterdays. As you would expect, the park is always alive with skaters,
joggers and all sorts of street performers. In the summer the Vondelpark open air theater stages regular performances, while you can quench your thirst in nearby's
Dora's Blikkenbar. There are several other bars in the park, all of course with
their own outside terrace, and Vertigo also offers good food at reasonable prices.
All in all a very pleasant place to spend a lazy sunny afternoon.
Favorite thing: In the center of Amsterdam the peace, the silence of a beautiful park... Beatrixpark, don't miss it for some peace of mind.