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

Nothing is more relaxing after a long day exploring a city than taking a moment to sit on the grass, drink some wine and enjoy your surroundings. Amsterdam is one of the best city’s in Europe to do just that, with dozens of great parks, perfect for games, picnics and relaxation. Here, we discover some of the best green spaces in the Dutch capital.

Sloterplas

Architectural Landmark
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If you’re a fan of tulips then come here between April and May and you’ll spot them growing along the banks of a man-made lake. There’s also a sand patch on one side that 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 can 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 that make it perfect for biking. It hosts a number of festivals, such as Mystic Garden in June, Loveland in August and the West Beach Film Festival, also in August. It’s slightly off the beaten track and west of the city centre, but you can get here by catching the number 14 tram from Dam Square.

Amstelpark

Architectural Landmark
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Flowers At The Amstelpark Amsterdam The Netherlands 2018
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This magical park is 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 once every 10 years. There’s also a petting zoo and playgrounds for children – keep an eye out for the chickens and rabbits that run free. If you’re tired after exploring the city and fancy relaxing, why not catch the small train that loops around the park? It runs between April to October and offers some lovely views on a summer’s day.

Museumplein

Architectural Landmark
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The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam museum area with the words IAMSTERDAM. Netherlands
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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, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and the Moco Museum. There’s also plenty of high-end shopping that you could do before sitting in the square to enjoy Swedish landscape architect Sven-Ingvar Andersson’s work. He reconstructed it in 1999, and these days it has become a home for celebrations, festivals and mass political demonstrations. Once you’ve had enough of the outdoors, pop underground to check out the supermarket.

Frankendael Park

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Frankendael Park, in the Oost (east) part of Amsterdam, is a beautiful ecological creation. The tranquility is almost tangible, and both adults and children will have fun discovering the hidden parts of this amazing green space. As well as all the trails and nature that you can enjoy, there are also two gourmet, sustainable-food restaurants. While once a month there’s a vibrant food market that’s well worth a visit.

Vondelpark

Park, Theater
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View of the fontain in the Vondelpark among the relaxing crowd and parking bicycles, under the late summer sun
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The city’s most famous park, Vondelpark, is conveniently close enough to all the main tourist sites, so you can go here on sunny days and take advantage of the good weather alongside tourists and locals alike. There are several cafés sprawled around that serve great food and, from June to September, the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre puts on free concerts, shows and other events.

Beatrixpark

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Different 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 the park gets livelier – many locals come here to walk their dogs, there is a market once a month, and an ice cream parlour opens to offer relief from the sweltering heat.

Sarphatipark

Market, Park
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This park, in the up-and-coming de Pijp area, is always full of tourists and locals. The many bars and restaurants around it make for a perfect place to pass some time before heading to dinner or lunch reservations. It’s quite a small park with few people playing sports or dog-walking, so it’s ideal for those who don’t want to be disturbed. The proximity of the Albert Cuyp market is also very useful, since you can go and buy everything you need for a delicious picnic to enjoy at the park.

Oosterpark

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As the name denotes, this park is in the eastern part of Amsterdam – one of the most culturally diverse areas in the entire city, which is reflected in the park’s cheerful atmosphere. There’s a large pond with birds, a children’s paddling pool, dog-friendly areas and food stalls, and it can all be reached by tram lines 3, 7 or 9.

Amsterdamse Bos

Forest, Park
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Elderly couple walking in the forest in autumn in het Amsterdamse bos Amsterdam wood in the Netherlands HDR
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This park is located on the fringes of Amsterdam but is still easily accessible. It’s one of the biggest parks in the area – in fact it’s more of a forest than just a park. Tourists who miss the great outdoors should definitely visit since hiking, swimming, canoeing and horse riding are all on offer here, while you can also see some great art exhibitions if you’re looking for a spritz of culture.

Rembrandtpark

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Also situated in the east of Amsterdam, Rembrandtpark is one of the most original parks in the city. As the name suggests, it’s dedicated to Rembrandt, and there are several statues of him scattered around the park, so you can pick and choose where you want to take photos with the famous painter. This is a great area to stroll through, or to enjoy a coffee early in the morning and start your day in a truly Dutch way.
These recommendations were updated on March 31, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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