The largest and one of the most loved city parks in Amsterdam, the Vondelpark boasts over 10 million visitors every year. Located south of Leidseplein and within walking distance of the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum, it makes a great stopping or staging point for viewing many of the city center's lavish entertainments. On almost any day you can see people enjoying normal park activities such as dog-walking, jogging, biking, roller-skating, or just relaxing on the grass. A welcome bonus are the free concerts that are performed in the summer months, at the outdoor stage near the entrance Van Eeghenstraat. Other attractions include the statue of the poet Vondel, the cast iron music dome, the Groot Melkhuis with playground for children, and the Film Museum with its popular terrace. Vondelpark has six play areas and one large playground.
Skate rentals are available at Snoephuisje, near the Amstelveenseweg entrance, and snacks are sold there as well. Originally set on 8 hectares (19.7 acres) of land and designed by architect L.D. Zocher with an English landscape theme, the park combines tasteful vistas, ponds and pathways to create an illusion of a natural area. Expanded in 1877 to its current size of 47 hectares (116 acres) it has shifted its focus from when it was opened to the public in 1865 as a horseback riding and strolling park named Nieuwe Park to a family gathering spot. The name Vondelpark was adopted in 1867 when a statue of Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel was created in his honor.
Address: Van Baerlestraat & Vondelpark, Museum Quarter, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Province: North Holland
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