Vondelpark is the biggest, greenest and most famous park of Amsterdam. It's a nice place to spend during hot days or when you have some spare time.
There are a lot of meadows, trees and ponds. You will see people walking, running and rollerskating along the paths, and relaxing on the meadows. I saw two places where you can have a drink. Vertigo is a cafe near the Filmmuseum and more in the middle of the park is a nice blue coffeehouse.
I wonder if in the Dutch schools poet Joost Vondel is still on the program?
He is not on the VT Amsterdam Travel Guide page where the "Red Light district" is Nr 1 on the "Things to do" list (I presume the reason is by the VT software, certainly not by travel editor Pieter Jan).
Poet and singer Jacques Brell in his song "Dans le port d'Amsterdam" did also visit the brothels of the Wallen.
Jacques Brell brings me back to Belgium where Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel (1587 -1679) was on the program of the Francophone schools. One should know that Belgian francophones have to study Dutch at school in order to make them more or less bilingual.
The odd thing is that Vondel was writing in Dutch from the 17 th. century!
"De wereld is wel schoon, en waerdigh om t'aenschouwen,
Maer 't reizen heeft wat in. de kosten vallen swaer.
Men magh den Oceaen niet al te veel betrouwen.
De Bergen rijzen steil. de bosschen zien te naer."
This poem is about travelling around the world. My translation:
The world is nice, and worthy to look at
But traveling has a point. The costs are heavy.
One should not trust the ocean too much.
Mountains rise steeply. The woods look too dark.
The result was that Francophones of Belgium knew something about Vondel and his time but did not really learn to speak daily Dutch (Flemish), a need for many careers. We use to say that Dutch is "la langue de Vondel"
The imposing statue is from 1867. He was born in Cologne, then lived in Antwerpen till his parents who were "Doopsgezinden" (Mennonites) did flee to Amsterdam. Later Vondel became Catholic. He is the greatest Dutch author.
The park was somewhat a deception because there were nearly no flowers although it was begin May. Probably the fault of the long winter but in the country, from my train, I saw many huge fields with flowers, late tulips and other flowers.
The park has several ponds because it was constructed in a dump area. The park is 2 m lower than the surrounding streets. After heavy rains whole parts cover with water. The ponds attract many birds.
What is certainly fine with this park is that everything is allowed. You can walk and lie down on the grass, cycle on the asphalt paths, make bbq on the stones put on the grass for that purpose. You can drink, eat, smoke and more.
If you want to know the detailed regulations of the Vondelpark look at "Beleidskader Gebruik Vondelpark" a 26 pages PDF document. You might learn that topless sunbathing is allowed, not nudism.
There is nothing in Amsterdam I enjoy more than to ride my bicycle through the Vondelpark on a pleasant & sunny day.
I have a Vondelpark travelogue on the pages if you are also a Vondelpark lover. Click below to go for a ride with me:
Vondelpark Bike Ride
I stopped at the Vondelpark on my first day in Amsterdam, while waiting for my room to be ready. It was a great place to sit and people and dog watch. There are so many dogs in Amsterdam and on a Sunday afternoon, it seems as if this is the place for them to be.
Vondelpark is seen through my eyes with poetry. Is a retreat in the city, a place to dream with equality among people. You can see some local people playing petanque while smoking a joint and drinking a pack of Heineken, or you can see a couple sitting on a bench and having a picnic, or a beggar sleeping in the grass, or a dog swimming in the small lake for his owner stick, or a musician playing flute, or catch a free concert of local music..
To catch a free concert visit Vondelpark site at
Everyone who goes to NYC goes to Central Park, and anyone who goes to Amsterdam should go to the Vondelpark. Large areas of grass next to lovely ponds and lots of trees are just part of this experience. It is a short walk from the Leidseplein area---there is a film museum and a couple of restaurants for chilling. They have free music every summer and also a skate-along on some friday nights. Joggers, birdwatchers, skaters, walkers and lovers all share this beautiful oasis in southern A'Dam.
Vondelpark provides Amsterdam's citizens with plenty of green space, and thanks to the efforts of PieterJan, it has also become a prime spot for VT'ers meeting up!
As you can see in my pictures, it is really a very popular and populated spot and unfortunately a lot of people are not well-mannered enough to properly take care of their left-overs. The Dutch seem to be very much laissez-faire, but I would actually prefer a more zero-tolerance approach towards people messing up public spaces .
Vondel Park is the Central Park of Amsterdam. It has beautiful winding pathways, and on some sunny evenings it seems that the whole world is relaxing with you here.
At the Film Museum, in the center of Vondel park, is a fantastic café/restaurant/bar called Vertigo. A wonderful place to have a glass of wine or beer and watch the world go by in restful bliss.
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.
The Vondelpark is Amsterdam's most famous park. It stretches all the way from the Leidseplein to the Amstelveenseweg, literally cutting the southern part of the city in two.The park is very popular with tourists who can enjoy the quiet from within the city, for people with little children because of the many playgrounds and splendid animals, and the joggers, cyclists and skaters.
Vondelpark was named after the great Dutch writer and poet Johannes van den Vondel. Close to the Vondelpark we find the Vondelstraat and the Vondelkerk. On the Overtoom side one can find the Film museum.
In the high season the Music Theater gives many performances of local and international artists and it's completely free to watch! This is only one of the things which gives the park it's special atmosphere. The well known Concertgebouworkest which happens every year is an open-air concert in the park and it attracts hundreds of people.
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.
Vondel Park - It's a beautiful, quiet and serene place, where people come here to relax, meditate, sing, play an instrument, or just simply for a stroll.... There is also a cafe called Vertigo, which I heard is quite good, and a film museum can be found there.
The streets around Vondelpark are quite posh and walking from Museumplein to Vondelpark you can admire some especially stately ones. The ones pictured here have beautiful art-nouveau embellishments in their facades.
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.