Amsterdam Sights


Amsterdam largest city park, designed in English landscape style

Named after a famous Dutch poet, the Vondelpark is the largest park of the city, close to Leidseplein and the big museums. The park is by far the most popular with visitors and locals alike, especially during the summer and on sunny winter days.

The park extends over several hundred acres with bike paths, walking paths, an open-air concert venue, 3 large outdoor cafes and the Vondelpark3 .

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Skaters, joggers and artists

The park is always filled with skaters, joggers and all sorts of street performers. There is always something to do and see in the Vondelpark: walk, rollerblade, visit the children's park, listen to African drums, classical quartets or jazz singers, or just relax and watch the people.

English landscape style

The park was designed in an English landscape style by the architect L.D. Zocher and his son in 1865. They created a park that gave the 19th century people of Amsterdam the illusion of a perfectly natural landscape. Today both inhabitants of Amsterdam and visitors alike seek rest from the bustle of the city and find a place to get away from it all.

Seasonal events

In the summer months, the Vondelpark Open Air Theater stages regular performances. There are several cafes, all with outside terraces. Rollerbladers meet once a week for the Friday Night Skate . Film screenings, pop concerts are also held here. All in all a very pleasant place to spend a lazy summer day.

Rules of the park

Especially on sunny days it can be very crowded with skaters, cyclists and runners in the Vondelpark. A lot is allowed, but please respect the other visitors as well.

    It is allowed to:

  • Have a picknick, but take your litter with you
  • Bring and walk your dog without a line
  • Cycle and skate through the park, but only on the tarmac roads
  • Do sunbathing (also when there is no sunshine)
  • It is prohibited to:

  • Use mopeds or scooters in the park
  • Make a bonfire or barbecue
  • Stay overnight - camp outside
  • Sunbathe naked
  • Leave litter behind, including dog faeces
  • Sell goods, a permit is required

Recommended hotels in the immediate area of the Vondelpark

Park Hotel ****   Stadhouderskade 25 (Oud-Zuid)
Hotel The Neighbour's Magnolia ***   Willemsparkweg 205 (Oud-Zuid)
Hostel Amsterdam Vondelpark (hostel)   Zandpad 5 (Oud-West)

more Hotels near Vondelpark

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Amsterdam (Oud-Zuid)

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Nearby sights

De Hallen   cultural and culinary centre in old tram depot
Leidseplein   nightlife centre
PC Hooftstraat   elegant shopping street
Rijksmuseum   national museum for art and history
Vondelkerk   fairy-tale church

Hollandsche Manege   royal riding school
Ten Kate Market   bustling daily market

Eating & drinking

in the Vondelpark


Groot Melkhuis


't Blauwe Theehuis


Stedenmaagd (City Virgin) on the Stadhouderskade, at the main entrance of the Vondelpark