When visiting The Netherlands, a visit to the beautiful historic city of Amsterdam is absolutely a must! Not only because of the picturesque canals, quirky shops, interesting museums and typical Amsterdam cafes, the capital of the Netherlands has a lot more to offer!
Experience the green side of Amsterdam by visiting one or more parks in the city, which hosts in total more than 30 parks.
Below you will find a selection of parks and gardens in Amsterdam
The Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam and also the most famous park in The Netherlands. The park is a national heritage monument and welcomes every year more than 9 million visitors from all over the world. The Vondelpark is also a popular destination for locals to walk the dog, jogging or just enjoy the atmosphere.
Facilities in the Vondelpark include the Blue Tea House (Het Blauwe Theehuis), City Hostel Vondelpark, a rose garden with over 70 species (Centrum de Roos), Rent-a-Skate and an open air theatre. Sometimes you can visit free concerts in the open air theatre.
The Amstelpark is a urban park with several flower gardens, playgrounds, minigolf courses, pony rides and football court situated in the suburb of Buitenveldert. Other attractions in the Amstelpark are a rhododendron walk, a labyrinth and a rose garden. There is a gallery with two exhibition spaces in the park: the Orangerie and the Glass House (Glazen Huis). From April to October a miniature train runs through the park.
Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
The Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam was established in 1638 and is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. You can find in the Hortus Botanicus more than 6,000 plants and more than 4,000 species in the greenhouses and gardens.
Amsterdam Forest (Amsterdamse Bos)
The Amsterdam Forest is situated on the edge of the city and is the largest recreational area in Amsterdam. In this park you can find an open air theatre, the Bosmuseum which shows the history of the park and hosts temporary exhibitions.
The Amsterdam Forest has an extensive network of cycle routes and walking paths. You can rent petal boats, canoes and bicycles in the park. The Bosbaan, a stretch of water, flows through this park and is venue of many national and international rowing competitions.
Other attractions in the park are a goat farm, pancake house and a botanical garden.
The Westerpark has been recently renewed and is place where creative artists come together. The park is part of the Culture Park Westergasfabriek, which hosts a variety of cultural events throughout the year. In this park you can find nice cafes and creative offices in buildings that belonged to a former gas factory.
Refer to my other Amsterdam articles if you are interested in:
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- Fun Things To Do For Kids In Amsterdam
- Interesting museums in Amsterdam: Heineken Experience and House of Bols
- Art Museums In Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum
- Art Museums In Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum