Escape the hectic city life of the locals by visiting Vondelpark. A broad public park centrally situated near the Rijksmuseum. It’s still the biggest park in Amsterdam and it’s free to visit Vondelpark. If you like people watching you won’t be disappointed: with its street performers, joggers and bikers and children in playgrounds, you could simply seat and observe what’s going on around you at the park for hours. The English-style garden includes ponds, lawns, sculptures and much more.
History of Vondelpark
The Vondelpark opened in 1865 as a trendy recreational spot for the middle class of Amsterdam, designed by landscape architect Jan David Zocher. It was initially called ‘Nieuwe Park’ (literally ‘New Park’), but it was formally renamed Vondelpark in 1880, after the statue of Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel in the 17th century, which had been unveiled in the park some 13 years earlier. Zocher planned the Vondelpark in the common English style of landscape, creating a rolling view of trails, lakes and woods to create the appearance of an idealized natural landscape. The park began to develop throughout the later decades of the 19th century, with the bandstand and the Pavilion building built in the 1870s. The park was donated to Amsterdam in 1953.