Relaxing in Amsterdam’s Beautiful Vondelpark

When we were planning our trip to Amsterdam, spending an afternoon in Vondelpark was just a side note, something to do if we had extra time. Let me tell you, after the assault on the senses that was Albert Cuyp Market, Vondelpark was exactly what we needed!

Relaxing In Amsterdam's Beautiful Vondelpark

Relaxing In Amsterdam's Beautiful Vondelpark

At 120 acres in size, Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s largest public park. (It’s sort of like the Hyde Park of Amsterdam!) Although considerably smaller than its English counterpart, it’s a place for locals and tourists alike to rent bicycles and ride down the tree-lined paths without the threat of death that comes with biking on the streets of Amsterdam. (I kid, of course, but only a little bit.) Walkers and joggers can get their morning exercise in while also admiring the various pieces of art displayed in the park. Pablo Picasso’s sculpture, The Fish, is here, although we didn’t see it.

Relaxing In Amsterdam's Beautiful Vondelpark

Relaxing In Amsterdam's Beautiful Vondelpark

If you’re looking for something to do in Vondelpark that doesn’t involve exercise, in the summertime the Open Lucht Theater offers free open-air concerts and plays. (Really wish we’d been able to catch one of those!)

There are a few restaurants and cafes in Vondelpark, but if you’re looking for something quick and easy, you can’t miss the hot dog stands throughout the park. Look for the ones with unlimited extra toppings like crunchy chips (french fries). Those are the best!

There are also multiple ponds and lakes, some more secluded than others, that are perfect for picnics or relaxing by the water with a book.

Relaxing In Amsterdam's Beautiful Vondelpark

Vondelpark gets its name from the imposing bronze monument commemorating Joost van den Vondel, the famous Dutch poet and playwright, located in the northern section of the park. When the statue was built two years after the park opened, locals started referring to the park as Vondel’s Park and the name sort of stuck.

Relaxing In Amsterdam's Beautiful Vondelpark

From the area surrounding the statue, there is a great view of the main lake and plenty of opportunities for people-watching. With all the blooming flowers, it also turned out to be the ideal spot for a little mini photo shoot, so that’s exactly what we did. Then we sat down to rest our legs for a bit, and before we knew it a whole hour had passed us by!

Relaxing In Amsterdam's Beautiful Vondelpark

Relaxing In Amsterdam's Beautiful Vondelpark

Relaxing In Amsterdam's Beautiful Vondelpark

Conveniently located south of the city center, Vondelpark is a beautiful sanctuary when you absolutely must escape the touristy atmosphere of the Museumplein. The park is just a few blocks from the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum. It’s the perfect place to get a little fresh air and rest after walking through all those museums!

Vondelpark: Website
Address: Near Leidseplein, 1071 AA Amsterdam

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  • Taiwo
    February 7, 2017 at 3:22 AM

    Great photos!!

  • Emmymom
    September 17, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Love that last picture! Looks like such a beautiful park. My husband would be very jealous of the abundance of hot dog vendors, as we couldn’t find one in Chicago.

  • Janette Johanson
    September 17, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    So glad when you get a picture in there of you and Lexie together! Makes me so happy to see you- -its like you are still close but yet so far away. That park looks so pretty!!

  • Anna
    September 17, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    I LOVE Vondelpark. I love Amsterdam in general but Vondelpark I only discovered last time I was there and was one of the loveliest city parks I’ve seen. London’s parks are also amazing and it’s something a lot of French cities are missing. If Montpellier had a park like that it would be so so great. Beautiful pictures.

  • Sara Louise
    September 16, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    It definitely looks like a beautiful spot to spend an afternoon :)

  • Jamie Sefcik
    September 16, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    All of these pictures are so beautiful! Always having so much fun :)

  • Mrs. Match
    September 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    What a beautiful park! I love getting to travel vicariously through your photos.

    September 15, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    really nice pics :)

  • My Eclectic Loft
    September 15, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    Stunning photos! Yea, I can leave you a comment. I am a Google account user. Now sure what happened. Love your blog.

  • Kerry
    September 14, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Look at you two beautiful girls! I love your hair colour Sarah, it is so natural looking (probably is all natural, I don’t know). Great pictures! Those flowers are so pretty, as are all of the stunning monuments and that park!

    One thing I love about countries like Amsterdam (from what I have seen from your posts and pictures) is that everything is soaked in history. Australia is a very young country in comparison. Have a great weekend my friend xoxo

  • Miwa
    September 14, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Wow, looks like an amazing park! Blown away by your photos ;)

  • Diana Bockus
    September 14, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    The statue of Joost van den Vondel is beautiful!

  • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe
    September 14, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Great photos as always! Looks like a lovely park! And a great mother/daughter photo!!

  • GranTurismo Driver
    September 14, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    Nice post, great blog, following :)

    Good Luck :)

  • Nicole
    September 14, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    The statue and flowers are gorgeous! And it’s about time you posted a picture of you guys on here :) Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing all of the great pictures of everything you visit, but I miss seeing your guys’ pretty faces!!

  • Tammy Chrzan
    September 14, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Beautiful, you take amazing photos and you just make me want to dive into them.
    That park would be top of the list for sure.
    I don’t know how many days you were there exactly but you did some awesome stuff!
    That photo of you and Lexie should be printed and framed, beautiful!
    Have a great weekend!

  • Jo
    September 14, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Wow, did you know I’ve never been there … didn’t even know about it. Thanks!

  • Stacie Stamper
    September 14, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Beautiful scenery. Love the mother/daughter pic!

  • Katrin
    September 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Your pictures are so fantastic! Love that beautiful park! Thanks for sharing!

  • Keith Wynn
    September 13, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Oh my goodness it looks like an amazing place! I should add Vondelpark to my bucket list :)

  • Jen Mc
    September 13, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    It looks like a gorgeous park. Lovely photos!