What are the best parks in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam has many parks and green sides. There are over thirty parks that you can visit. But what are really the best parks in Amsterdam? One of the places to be is the Vondelpark and the Westerpark. At these city parks you can chill out with the locals and enjoy the ambiance and atmosphere.
What to do at the Westerpark in Amsterdam?
Westerpark is located almost in the centre of Amsterdam, in the neighborhood Westerpark. That’s right, the park has the same name as the area. It is one of the best parks in Amsterdam. This trendy park is not too packed with tourists compared to other parks. At Westerpark Amsterdam there is much more going on. This park has a few restaurants, a cinema called “Ketelhuis”, a petting zoo and even some cafes and awesome clubs. You can also stroll through the butterfly garden. The youngest ones can play in the paddling pool which is located at the back of the park. Westerpark is also the first park in The Netherlands that provides visitors free WiFi. Go visit Westerpark if you want a break from the crowd. Behind the park you can find Westergasfabriek, a former gas factory that is turned into a cultural park. Every first Sunday of the month you can attend the Amsterdam market in Westerpark. Did you have enough of the park? Go on a shopping spree in the nearby located shoppingstreet Haarlemmerstraat.
Things to do in the Vondelpark Amsterdam
The Vondelpark in Amsterdam attracts thousands of locals and tourists every day. It is the most popular park in the city centre and named after the 17th century dramatis Joost van den Vondel. Here you can do plenty of things, indoor and outdoor. Many attractions are free or have a low fee. Below you can find a list of things to do in the Vondelpark Amsterdam. If you are done with the park, you can visit the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum or Van Gogh Museum. These museums are a stone throw away from the Vondelpark.
- Go eat at the Blauwe Theehuis, a monumental tea house
- Visit an Open Air theater on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the summertime
- Rent in-line skates and equipment at the Vondeltuin and skate around
- Go to a restaurant that is kids-friendly and enjoy menu’s for the little ones
- Have a picnic like many other Vondelpark visitors
- Hire bicycles for a classic Dutch bike ride
- Take art classes in the Vondelpark and set up your easel to paint the scenery