Sure, Amsterdam’s buzz and its undeniable dynamic is truly fantastic. Personally, I have always found it to be energizing. However, if you feel like a little break from the city life, that doesn’t mean you need to escape my beautiful Amsterdam. As today, I will talk about five of my favourite parks in my beloved city.
Do note, these are just some personal favourites. In total, there are more than 30 parks in Amsterdam, so there’s way more to see and discover than these lovely spots.
First of all, Westerpark. Earlier, I’ve told you about probably my most favourite park, that is close to the Jordaan area. It makes for the perfect city park, just a little 20-minutre stroll away from my home.
Vondelpark is by far the largest and most well-known park in Amsterdam. It attracts thousands of locals and travelers each day (9 million on a yearly basis!) and makes for a great sportive spot or stroll. A little bird also told me that there are some little green friends (read parrots) flying around. And as I also mentioned two weeks ago, there is even a statue of Mondriaan to be found here.
This park really is a little further away, on the edge of the city boarder, but in my humble opinion, it is always worth the “travel” due to its gorgeous flower gardens. These gardens were originally designed for a closed event and afterwards it was decided that it should be opened for the public too. Furthermore, it also has two gallery spaces, a petting zoo, you might bump into a chicken or rabbit too. It also has a playground for the youngsters. It makes for a great park for a family stroll.
Next to the Jordaan, one of the other lovely areas in my beloved city is de Pijp area, also famous for its great Albert Cuyp market, which also has its “own” park, including pond, fountain and another playground for the youngsters. A perfect spot to indulge in some local snacks from the Albert Cuyp market and lounge by the beautiful fountain.
This is the smallest park of them all, but historically, the loveliest one, as it has original 17th-century country estate, called ‘Frankendael House’, with two historic gardens and some unique restaurants. Definitely worth a little visit if you’re around!
As the weather has been so lovely to us, and the prospects are also really optimistic, I am just very excited for these days in these parks that are still to come.
And for the foodies, like me, if you are eager to show of your BBQ skills, Rembrandtpark, Oosterpark and Park Frankendael allow a little cook-off competition. 😉
And finally, be warned, I couldn’t let you go without a little spoiler. I’ve you enjoyed these tips, you might want to come back next week, as I’ll be talking about the gorgeous nature that is just outside of Amsterdam, that make for the perfect days out exploring or even for a nice cycling route.
Till then and cheers!