A LITTLE HISTORY
Ahhhhhhh how I had the most wonderful time at Amsterdam’s most famous park The Vondelpark! Named after Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel, and designed by landscape architect L.D. Zocher was built in 1850, opened to the public in 1865 and today is a popular place for tourists and residents who can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, jogging and picnicking! With over 10 million visitors a year, Covering 470.000 square meters, the park includes fields of grass, trees, rose bushes, various ponds, playgrounds, restaurants, etctera.
FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD
Y’all know I love some food lol. This park is home to several popular café bars, including the picturesque Groot Melkhuis which means “Large Milkhouse” with its waterside terrace, the 1930s modernist Blauwe Theehuis also known as “Blue Tea House” which resembles a giant flying saucer! It was super cool, and surprisingly it doesn’t give you the outer space vibe! One of the popular summertime spots Vondeltuin, complete with its whimsical beer garden. The grand 19th-century Pavilion, located in the northwestern corner of the park, was even home to the city’s Film Museum from 1975 until 2011 when it moved to the EYE Amsterdam building in the north of the city. Now the iconic Pavilion building houses elegant restaurant Vondelpark3!
NEVER A DULL MOMENT
You’ll never get bored because there is always something going on! The Vondelpark plays host to many sporting and cultural events throughout the year. From May to September its famous Open-Air Theatre offers a free programme of cabaret, theatre, live music and comedy, while every Friday night the park is the meeting point for Amsterdam institution, (my favorite) the Friday Night Skate! Simply show up with your roller skates and head out into the city as a group! I absolutely love to skate, so if I were a resident you’d catch me here every Friday Night! The national holiday on King’s Day sees the Vondelpark transformed into a giant open-air children’s market, with Amsterdam’s youngsters turning out in droves to sell their unwanted toys and clothes, or to busk with musical instruments!
DON’T WANT TO BE FAR?
If you don’t want to miss a second of the great food and entertainment of Vondelpark, there’s no need to worry! Many of the large mansion houses in the neighboring Oud-Zuid district were converted into hotels, so it’s possible to stay right on the Vondelpark’s doorstep and experience life like a member of Amsterdam’s 19th-century gentility!