When you land in the Netherlands, you must check out some experiences. An Amsterdam bike tour, tiptoeing through the tulips at the Keukenhof Gardens on seasons, the famous museums in the Museumkwartier neighborhood, the windmills, the canals, and the Vondelpark are just a few of them.
Vondelpark is the biggest public park in Amsterdam city. It welcomes millions of visitors each year. It is strategically placed, just south of the Leidseplein square and proximate to the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, and Rijksmuseum, so that tourists can access the park easily.
In fact, the park is loved by both tourists and natives alike, and is full of visitors all the time, who can be spotted either walking with their pets, roller-skating, jogging, people-watching, listening to songs, or laying around in the grassy areas. Some of the other attractions in the park are Dutch poet Vondel’s sculpture, Groot Melkhuis spot with playground for kids, and the Pavilion with Vertigo restaurant, which opens a popular terrace in summer. Vondelpark also hosts free concerts at its open-air theater or in the summertime at its bandstand.
Statues in Vondelpark
The monumental bronze sculpture of the famous Dutch poet is by Louis Royer, while its pedestal is by Pierre Cuypers. An abstract statue of the ‘Fish’ sculpted by Pablo Picasso and a bronze statue that represents ‘Mama Baranka’ by Nelson Carillho are also here.
Vondelpark Open-Air Theater
Dance performances and music concerts are played here during the months June, July, and August. It takes place in the park, adjacent to the entry from Eeghenstraat. It provides free admission, though to catch extremely popular performances it is best to advance book tickets.
When Taking Children to Vondelpark
The park has half a dozen play areas and a playground adjacent to the Groot Melkhuis. From June to the start of September month, the theater stages kids’ shows for free. By tradition on the Queen’s Day, it turns into a Kinder Market where children only may trade.
All in all, Vondelpark is a wonderful place to visit when on tours in Amsterdam city. You can do it in the quintessential Dutch way: with a guided bike tour. Your Amsterdam tour guide will communicate to you about the rich history of the park and show you its each corner. To make the most of the trip to the park named after Joost Van Vondel, the bicycle trip option is worth considering too. This way, you can also see glimpses of the city’s architectural past – houses lined up along the Vondelstraat.