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Best Park in Amsterdam

If you are planning your trip to Amsterdam, you don’t want to miss out on spending an afternoon (or two) in the Vondelpark. As Hotel Piet Hein is located next to it, it’s the most ideal way to start your exploration in Amsterdam.

At 120 acres in size, the Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s largest and most famous public park (you can see it as Amsterdam’s Central Park or Hyde Park). The Vondelpark, is a place for locals and tourists alike to enjoy a day outside, a picnic, exercise and rent bicycles to ride down the tree-lined paths. It’s the ideal start for renting a bike if you are not an experienced biker, as the park is traffic-free (besides some skaters or bikers). Walkers and joggers do their morning exercise here, while admiring various pieces of art displayed in the park. For example, you can find the Pablo Picasso’s sculpture, The Fish, in the park.

Activities at the Vondelpark

If you’re looking for something to do in the Vondelpark that doesn’t involve exercise, in the summertime the Open Lucht Theater offers free open-air concerts and plays.

Want to eat something? There are some restaurants and cafes in the Vondelpark, but if you’re looking for something quick and easy, you can’t miss the hot dog stands throughout the park. Look for the ones with unlimited extra toppings like crunchy chips (french fries). Those are the best!

We recommend to, if the wheater isn’t too Dutch, buy some tasty sandwiches and drinks for a picnic at one of the ponds and lakes in the Vondelpark. That way, you experience the Vondelpark as a real 'Amsterdammer'!

The history of the Vondelpark

The Vondelpark gets its name from the imposing bronze monument commemorating Joost van den Vondel, the famous Dutch poet and playwright, located in the northern section of the park. When the statue was built two years after the park opened, locals started referring to the park as Vondel’s Park and the name sort of stuck.

From the area surrounding the statue, there is a great view of the main lake and plenty of opportunities for people-watching. With all the blooming flowers, it also turned out to be the ideal spot for a little mini Instagram photo shoot.

As the location of the Vondelpark is most convienent, you can easily do it together if you visit one of the museums in Amsterdam, like the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum of the Stedelijk museum. The Museum Square is just a few blocks away from the Vondelpark and Hotel Piet Hein.