The Most Beautiful Parks in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is full of picturesque parks scattered with flora and fauna, including lots and lots of tulips
Amsterdam is full of picturesque parks scattered with flora and fauna, including lots and lots of tulips | © Elizaveta Elesina / Alamy Stock Photo
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Nothing is more relaxing after a long day of exploring and walking around a city than taking a moment to sit on the grass, drink some wine and enjoy the surroundings. Amsterdam has dozens of great parks, perfect for games, picnics and relaxation. Here we discover some of the best parks in the city.

Amsterdam parks

Sloterplas

If you’re a fan of tulips then visit the park in the months of April and May where you’ll spot them growing along the banks of this man-made lake. There’s also a sand patch on one side which makes it perfect for relaxing and swimming in the summer months – but the locals do treat it like a trip to the seaside, so it does get busy. The park is also a welcome escape from the city and popular with young families because of the small zoo and winding paths which make it perfect for biking. It also hosts a number of festivals, such as the Mystic Garden in the month of June, Loveland in August and the West Beach Film Festival in August. It’s slightly off the beaten track and west of the city centre, but you can get there by catching the number 14 tram from Dam Square.
Amstelpark

This magical park is definitely worth a visit. Located on the southern edge of the city, it’s bursting with wildlife and colourful flowers. It was created in 1972 for Floriade, a festival which saw gardeners from all over the world create spectacular floral displays. Many of them were preserved and the area was turned into a public park the following year but the exhibition still happens every 10 years. There’s also a petting zoo and playgrounds for children – but also keep an eye out for the chickens and rabbits which run free. If you’re tired after exploring the city and fancy relaxing, why not catch the small train which loops around the park between the months of April to October.

Museumplein

More of a green city square than a park, Museumplein is full of culture. You’ll want to visit this area to take in the rich history at the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and the Moco Museum. There’s also plenty of high end shopping that you could do and afterwards sit in the square to enjoy Swedish landscape architect Sven-Ingvar Andersson’s work. He reconstructed it in 1999 and these days it is a home for celebrations, festivals and mass political demonstrations. Once you’ve had enough of the outdoors, pop underground to check out the supermarket.

1. Frankendael Park

Market, Park

Frankendael Villa | © Arden/FlickrSituated in the Oost part of Amsterdam, Frankendael Park is a beautiful ecological creation. The tranquility of this park is almost tangible, and both adults and children will have fun discovering the hidden parts of this amazing green space. Apart from all the trails and nature that visitors will enjoy here, there are also two gourmet, sustainable-food restaurants. Once a month there is also a fun food market that should not be missed.

2. Vondelpark

Park, Theater

The city’s most famous park, Vondelpark is conveniently situated close enough to all the main tourist sites for visitors and locals alike to go there on sunny days and take advantage of the good weather. There are several cafes sprawled around that serve great food. From June to September the Vondelpark Open Air Theater puts on free events, such as concerts and shows.

3. Beatrixpark

Market, Park

Beatrixpark | © GuilhelmVellut/FlickrDifferent varieties of trees and plants were planted in Beatrixpark, which is situated in Amsterdam Zuid, during the 1972 Floriade. Today many of them are labelled, so it’s easy to take note of the different types of species that border each trail. During the summer months this park gets livelier: many locals come here to walk their dogs, there is a market once a month and an ice cream parlor opens to help visitors deal with the sweltering heat.

4. Sarphatipark

Market, Park

Sarphatipark | © jankie/FlickrSituated in the up-and-coming Pijp area, this park is always full of tourists and locals. The many bars and restaurants around it make it a perfect place to pass some time before heading to dinner or lunch reservations. It is quite a small park with few people playing sports or dog walking, so it’s ideal for those who do not want to be disturbed. The proximity of the Albert Cuyp market is also very useful, since travelers can go and buy a delicious picnic to enjoy at the park later.

5. Oosterpark

Park

Oosterpark | © KevinGessner/FlickrAs its name denotes, this park is situated in the Eastern part of Amsterdam, an area that is one of the most culturally diverse in the entire city: something that is reflected in the park’s fun atmosphere. Visitors have many options when they are in Oosterpark; there is a large pond with birds, a children’s paddling pool, dog-friendly areas and food stalls. It can be reached by tram lines 3, 7 or 9.

6. Amsterdamse Bos

Forest, Park

Amsterdamse Bos | © DennisM2This park is located on the fringes of Amsterdam, but is still close enough to the city for visitors. It is one of the biggest parks in the area, and is really more of a forest than a traditional park. Tourists who miss the great outdoors should definitely go to Amsterdamse Bos, since there is no shortage of things to do there. Hiking, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding and seeing an art exhibition are just a few of the things on offer at this wonderful park.

7. Rembrandtpark

Park

Rembrandpark | © MarjoleinVanDerKolk/FlickrAlso situated in the East of Amsterdam, Rembrandtpark is one of the most original parks in the city. As the name suggests, it is dedicated to the artist Rembrandt, and there are several statues of him scattered around the park, so visitors can pick and choose where they want to take photos with the famous painter. It is a great area to stroll through, or to go to drink a coffee early in the morning and start the day off in a truly Dutch way.

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