Party Earth Review Vondelpark is a 120-acre park offering a pleasant change of scenery from the coffeeshops and canals and a chance to enjoy the sun reflecting off the tiny scattered ponds. Designed in the mid-1800s by the same architect... ... read full review
Leidseplein, Amsterdam –
Vondelpark is a 120-acre park offering a pleasant change of scenery from the coffeeshops and canals and a chance to enjoy the sun reflecting off the tiny scattered ponds.
Designed in the mid-1800s by the same architect who created the world’s largest tulip field, the Keukenhof, Vondelpark features lakes, rose gardens, playgrounds, wildlife, and serene paths perfect for lazy afternoon strolls.
Many young locals take advantage of the city’s most centrally-located and popular park, and on weekends the place is packed with sunbathers, bikers, and rollerbladers.
Live music and theater performances are often afoot on Saturdays and Sundays, so those in need of a little down time should check out what Vondelpark has to offer.
Large groups of young people and city folk, from intellectuals and hippies to the hip and trendy.
Occasional live performances at the Openluchttheater in the park (www.openluchttheater.nl). On the right, a little past the park’s main entrance, is the Filmmuseum, which shows a number of classic and contemporary films.
There are four cafés in Vondelpark. Café Vertigo is connected to the Filmmuseum, ‘t Blauwe Theehuis is in the middle of the park, and De Vondeltuin is near the park’s south end. In the middle of the park is De Groot Melkhuis, a more family-oriented, Bavarian-style grand café.
Cafés are open from about 10am to midnight.
Café snacks and lunches €5+, dinners €10+. Beer €2.30, wine €3, mixed drinks €6.50, coffee and tea €2.
Nice days and early evenings.
Between Leidseplein and Vondelpark’s main entrance is Max Euweplein Square, a small open area surrounded by shops and cafés like Hard Rock Café, Wagamama wok restaurant, and a Holland Casino. There’s also an oversized chessboard where spectators can wait in line to play or just hang out and watch as people go head to head.