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Picnic at Vondelpark
This is a large park to the South West of the city. There are trams which go to the park.
There are small ponds, places for kids to play around.. greenery, gardens, eateries, etc etc.. Its basically a good place to spend some quiet time specially with a sunshine.
People can also cycle inside the park and ofcourse jog and walk.
Its clean and great place to spend an afternoon..
Running in Vondelpark
Could it be the coffee shops? The bike riding lifestyle? Or the brick roads of the city center? No one was running on the streets of Amsterdam. My 3 guide books say nothing on the subject of running. Our smashing hotel staff suggest running in Vondelpark, the largest park in Amsterdam.
I take an easy-to-manage tram to Vondlepark. At 8:30 am, the park is serene and verdant. Runners are doing their thing! A 4K asphalt bike route and a dirt path ring the park (with straightforward signs to guide me.) While running, I spot a tree full of green parrots! The grand Filmmuseum of Amsterdam (with requisite café) is located mid-park. Stately homes on tiny canals line the perimeter. Some vintage Clash and New Order feels right as I circle the park a few times.
The Dutch, the tallest people on earth, are invariably fit and great looking. We see few cars in the city and nonstop bikes. People of all ages and manners of dress ride them. The bikes are often decorated with Mexican oilcloth bike bags. The fashion: think Eileen Fisher goes Scandinavian hippie princess. Men and women wear messenger bags of smart design; a jewelry of sorts.
The bike riders are patient with Karen (quirky art teacher and treasured old friend) and I as we inadvertently step into the bike lane (watch out!!) People seem relaxed, open and friendly. In a country where tolerance prevails and people are directly connected to their environment, who needs to run and run? Very often, we spot men with their children. Is there a saner work/family dynamic here?
Coffee shops are not the totality of Amsterdam. In fact, the Dutch smoke less marijuana per capita then Americans. Coffee shops have a diverse vibe and clientele. Many are quite civilized and economical. Others are filled with exuberant kids with unfortunate tee shirts.
When it comes to getting around, Amsterdam is the great leveler. The city is not built on a grid. The canals ring the city in a mind boggling manner. On any given corner, people from all walks of life can be found scowling at their maps. The coffee shops cannot be helping this effort!
We visit the Van Gogh Museum. Only 1 wing of the Rijksmuseum is currently open due to renovation. We take in the spectacular Rembrandts, still lives and Vermeers. The fantastic modern art Stedelijk Museum is also currently closed for renovation. Some of its art can be found in the Van Gogh Museum.
We thoroughly enjoyed:
-The Museum of Bags and Purses/The Tassenmuseum–bags from the 1500’s to modern times. Words fail to describe these treasures!
-We caught Public Enemy at the opulent art deco Tuschinski Theatre.
-The Hermitage/Amsterdam, opened in 6/09, is an airy space filled with riches from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. I was especially taken by the czarina dresses; sumptuous velvets with mirrors and to-die-for embroidery.
-The Amsterdam Public Library, the largest public library in Europe, was built in 2007 by Joe Coenen. This place defines visionary architecture.
-The markets- Albert Cuypmarkt, Westerstraat
-The FOAM contemporary photography museum
We relished the Netherland’s hearty bread, butter, cheeses and apple cake. Terrific Asian (Thai, Indonesian, Surinamese and Chinese) restaurants can be found everywhere. Most restaurants and stores do not accept credit cards.
Our magnificent hotel, the Grand Hotel Amrath, served for a decade as a major shipping office. It is replete with high ceilings, art nouveau décor, charming canal views, a fabulous pool and a FREE minibar every night! The staff is charming, friendly and quite literate (our young porter was fluent in 5 languages.) We purchased our rooms for $130.00 dollars per night via Hotwire. A recent NY Times column, Save or Splurge, Amsterdam on a $1000 Dollars a Day, recommended the Amrath! Could this trip get any better?
Take a stroll in the Vondelpark
The Vondel park is 3.3km made up of tarmac cycle paths, rolling lawns, rose gardens and water. There is a large gazebo in a pond where they sometimes hold classical concerts. There is an open air theatre during the summer which hosts events 4 days a week. You can rent inline skates from the south side and cycle or skate on the tarmac. BBQ's and picnics are allowed providing you take your rubbish away with you. Dogs are allowed without a leash but their litter must also be cleared away. There is a paddling pool free of charge in the summer for the little ones.
The film museum is inside the park where you can take in a movie in an art deco theatre. There are 4 different areas to enjoy a drink or food except they appear to be rather on top of each other. I would suggest a cup of tea at the blue tea house or at the film museum.
Vondelpark gardens - Jardines
The Vondelpark is the biggest public urban park in Amsterdam. It is located west from the Leidseplein and the Museumplein, just in front of our hostel, which was not good at all, but very well located at least. The park was opened in 1865 and originally named the "Nieuwe Park", but later renamed to "Vondelpark", after the 17th century author Joost van den Vondel. Two years after the park opened, in 1867, a statue of writer and playwright Vondel was placed in the park. There are more sculptures, like the one of a fish done by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. In the park there are a Film Museum and a Youth Hostel.
Vondelpark es el parque urbano más grande de Ámsterdam. Se encuentra al oeste de Leidseplein y del Museumplein, justo enfrente de nuestro albergue, que era muy cutre, pero al menos muy bien situado. El parque fue abierto en 1865, llamado originariamente "Nieuwe Park", pero más tarde bautizado "Vondelpark", en honor al escritor holandes Joos Van den Vondel, del siglo XVII. Dos años después de la inauguración, en 1867, se erigió en el parque una estatua de Vondel. Hay más esculturas, como una de un pez hecha por el español Pablo Picasso. En el parque también hay un museo del Cine y un Albergue Juvenil.
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Birdwatching in a Park in Amsterdam
Escape the crowded city and go birdwatching in the early hours of the day or midday.
There are some parks where the quality of birding is really good.
Vondelpark, Rembrandtpark and probaly the best is the Flevopark.
You will be amazed by the birdlife right in the middle of Amsterdam. A wide range of bird species are present in the park, for example Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Nuthatch, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Rose Ringed Parakeet, Blackcap, and Common Whitethroat.
There is the possibilty to hire a experienced bird guide, the give guided birding tours in the parks. We did and managed to see 30 ! species in 1 hour of birding.
I do not remember the website of the guides, but there name is FlevoBirdwatching
- Hiking and Walking
Jogging, walking, sightseeing
I am an avid jogger and this was a place I could actually jog for miles and avoid traffic. That is usually the beauty of jogging in parks. There are restaurants, gardens e.t.c. You could easily spend half a day at this park.
Relax in the park
When the sun comes out on the weekend the city seems to emtpy out here into Vondelpark.
Like a popular beach this place gets crowed in parks so get here early and stake your patch in the grass and then relax for some great people watching or some rays and a good book. This is also a great place to ride a bike or blade after work as my freinds often did.
Looking at a map of Amsterdam Vondelpark is spread out like a green picnic blanket over the south west of the city.
Opened to the public in 1865 the park is named after Joost van den Vondel, one of Netherlands foremost poet and playwrights. It covers approximately 110 acres and includes pathways, ornamental ponds, a rose garden and, of course, plenty of grassy space to spread out your own picnic blanket and join the community of cyclists, joggers, sun-bathers, dog-walkers, and roller bladders who use the park.
In summer an open-air theatre stages free concert and theatre performances and the Nederlands filmmuseum is also located in the park. The filmmuseum screens a large number of classic, arthouse, modern Dutch and world movies throughout the year and also has some open air screenings in summer. Café Vertigo, at the filmmuseum, has a lovely terrace where you can people-watch over your coffee while the strikingly designed t’ Blauwe Teehuis is a great place to stop and refresh yourself with a sandwich and cake.
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Free fun in Vondelpark
I walked through Vondelpark almost every day during the week I spent in Amsterdam. The scenery was pleasant, it was easy to stop by a museum or two (or more) - it was so relaxing, I got used to the constant mist/light rain (we visited at the end of March 2005). Vondelpark was a nice break from the more bustling city and/or tourist centers such as the Dam, Leidseplein, Anne Frank Huis, etc.
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Located to the southwest of Central Amsterdam, this is a large and beautiful park. There are some lovely lakes, plenty of bike paths and an abundance of grassy areas for relaxing and taking some time out from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the city. We came here one afternoon for an hour or so, and sat on the grass watching locals and tourists alike coming and going as the sun began to set. This is the perfect place to come if you're after a bit of peace and quiet, but is also a great spot for people watching.
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Wasting time in the vondelpark
Another great place to nap and watch people go by, like Munich's Englisher garden, but with surprisingly less naked people. Before you get to the park keep an eye out for the 'iguanapark' which is a fenced in area with 20 or so bronze iguanas (why I don't know)
This is a very HUGE park in the South-East part of Amsterdam,not more than 10min by car from the centre of the city.
Here you can relax yourself looking the gorgeous nature on a banch or directly on the grass lawn!
Obviously,this is an other spot where the most of people smokes..but not only,fortunately!
A curiosity:local girls,exactly as in Scandinavian countries,like to play SOCCER!!!!! Yes!! pratically the totality of the girls around us played-and quite good-the "second passion of the life"of the middle italian!!!!!!!! And unfortunately I'm one of the few Italians
that has never played soccer.... :-( Sick!
Vodelpark is so loved in the Netherlands that they actually declared it a national monument. It was filled with people when I there, it was unbelievable how many people were just sitting around on the grass soaking up some sun. Rent a bike and cruise through, but listen for other biker's bells. When you hear a bell, get out of the way, I almost got hit more on once!
- National/State Park
After a cultural visit to the museums you can relax in this nice park wich is very close to the art museums.
This park was open in 1865 and was created like the English parks style. This is a place to read, to walk, to just lay in the grass. Inside this park is the Cinema Museum. In the summer there are concerts held in the park too. The name of the park is due to the sculpture of Joost van den Vondel, a very famous theatre author.
When the weather is nice, nothing is more fun than drinking beer in Vondelpark. Ride your bikes to a beergarden, take a seat, and enjoy the sun. There's a very good vibe, and everyone having so much fun, yes!
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