The Vondelpark is a famous park in the centre of Amsterdam, the green lung of the city. Located in the Amsterdam Zuid to the west of the Leidseplein square and the Museumplein district, the structure stands on about 50 hectares of land, has a rectangular shape and is inspired in the English style; it is an enchanting place to relax for a few minutes in the splendour of nature, escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.
Inaugurated in 1865, the Vondelpark was previously called Nieuwe Park, but from 1880 the structure was named after the Dutch poet and playwright Joost van den Vondel. Inside the park you can admire his statue.
In 1864, work began on its construction, entrusted to the architect Louis Paul Zocher and desired by a number of wealthy Amsterdam citizens who wanted a green area where they could relax without giving up their passions such as horse riding or simply walking.
Within the Vondelpark, one can walk, jog, cycle, picnic and during the summer season concerts and events are organised that attract the interest of both the many tourists and the city’s inhabitants.
The beauty of this place is unimaginable: you will find yourself admiring ponds with swans and ducks, listening to the sounds made by squirrels and birds, and contemplating fountains, flower beds, spaces created exclusively for children, statues, lots of old trees and a wide variety of flowers.
A nice curiosity: walking through the Vondelpark you will happen to see tropical parrots: this is normal, it seems that they like the park too.
In the Vondelpark, you can admire the architecture of the 1930s in the blue circular Tea House and the Vondelparkpaviljoen, a very special neo-Renaissance building. The Rosarium, a garden of precious roses, and the many colourful tulips inside it are also interesting.
The Vondelpark also houses an open-air theatre, the Openluchttheater, several children’s playgrounds, the largest of which is the Groot Melkhuis, various structures, sculptures and installations of contemporary art works. In addition, classical and jazz concerts are often performed in the lovely English pavilion.
In the vicinity of the Vondelpark there are several attractions, you can visit the Film Museum (Filmmuseum) with its exhibition of the first historical films, the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum or the Concert Gebouw, one of the world’s most popular theatres.
The Vondelpark is open 24 hours a day all year round and admission is free.
To get there you can board tram numbers 1 and 2 and get off at one of the many stops along the park, while from Sloterdijk station you can take bus number 15.
There are a number of food outlets and bars within the park, all of which are housed in original structures. Entering the Vondelpark from Amstelvenseweg you can also find a skate rental service.
The Vondelpark is located very close to the museum district, a few hundred metres from the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum.
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