Locals immensely enjoy spending time in Parks in Amsterdam , which mostly date from the 18th century. Trees, ponds and flowers surround vistors and the sounds of the city seem distant. Experience the green side of Amsterdam in any of its over 30 parks, which attract around nine million people each year. When the sun is shining and all the terraces are already packed, just grab a bottle of cool rosé wine and some music and head to the park to relax and ‘take a load off’.
With the weather warming up these days you could enjoy some time on a roof top bar, but a park is a pretty good spot to kick back and relax too. Below you will find the parks in Amsterdam that are worth a visit.
Parks you must visit in Amsterdam
The Vondelpark is the green heart of Amsterdam and a favourite among locals. The park is home to a selection of restaurants and cafés, including Vondelpark3, Blauwe Theehuis, De Vondeltuin and Groot Melkhuis. You’ll also find a skate rental shop, an open-air theatre and a rose garden with more than 70 types of roses in the park. The Vondelpark was designed by landscape architect L.D. Zocher and has been awarded national heritage status. It’s fabulous sunny weather and all the terraces are packed. Not to worry, just grab a snack from the shop and a cool bottle of rosé wine and head to the park.
Whether you sit out in the sun at the Rembrandtpark, lounge by the elaborate fountain at the Sarphatipark or enjoy the great people watching in the Vondelpark, there are plenty of lovely green spaces in Amsterdam. Or if it’s the flame-grilled experience you’re after, grab a disposable BBQ. Barbeques are permitted in parks including the Vondelpark, Westerpark, Rembrandtpark, Oosterpark and Park Frankendael but be aware that open-air cooking is restricted in some parks. Several annual cultural events take place in the city’s parks. The Vondelpark and the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam forest) offer open-air theatre performances. The Glazen Huis (glass house) and Orangerie galleries are great destinations for art and culinary events in Amstel Park and there’s always something happening at the Westergasfabriek.