The capital city of the Netherlands attracts visitors from all around the world with its famous mix of culture, history, and fun. With canal trips, historic buildings, and great nightlife, you won’t be short of things to do in Amsterdam. Once you’ve visited some of the world-renowned museums and galleries, and tried out some of the coffee shops the city is famous for, how about spending a relaxing afternoon in one of these great parks? You’re never far from a green space in this town, so pick from this guide to the best Amsterdam parks, and enjoy soaking up the atmosphere in an oasis in the heart of the city.
The most famous park in Amsterdam, this is right in the centre, close to all the main tourist sites and museums. It’s popular and busy, but with so many lawns, paths, ponds, and wooded areas, this park always has a quiet spot where you can relax. In summer there are open air concerts and, in the winter, visitors can enjoy ice skating. As well as cafés and a children’s play park, there’s a rose garden and sculptures to look out for, including one by Picasso.
A few minutes from the park is the Catalonia Vondelpark hotel, a great option for travellers looking for a different space and attention to detail, where to stay and enjoy the city.
Here you will find a kid’s wading pool and a pond where all kinds of birds can be spotted. Sculptures are dotted throughout the park, and it is often full of people walking, biking, and relaxing at the café in the centre. There are often food trucks, farmers markets, and craft fairs at the weekends.
Lawns and ponds make this another relaxing place to while away some time in the city. There is a memorial to the doctor who founded the park, Samuel Sarphati, a 19th-century physician who was also a city planner. This is a perfect place to find peace and tranquillity.
This seven-acre park is the site of the former estate of the 17th-century house that can still be seen there today. The restaurants are well worth a visit and if you arrive early you can enjoy a peaceful stroll in the park before your meal.
Established in the 1930s, this park has pretty paths and a pond, as well as a popular children’s playground and paddling pool. Look out for the fantastic sculptures as you wander through this peaceful site.
On the outskirts of the city, the Amsterdam Forest is an ideal place to spend time with family or friends. There’s an organic farm and petting zoo, a tree-top adventure course, and boat trips on the lake. With lots of walking and biking trails, and places to stop for a drink, this park has all the ingredients for a perfect day out.
Another great option, this pubic park features lakes, playgrounds, and pathways for walking, running, and cycling. You will also find some art and sculptures here so look out for the giant green man sculpture! Various food and music festivals take place here, and there is a petting area, too.
There are other parks you could visit too, like the Amstelpark where you can find a statue of Rembrandt, and the most iconic Dutch sight of all, a windmill! Westerpark is another place well worth a visit, with an array of restaurants and bars and festivals throughout the year.
With such a good variety of parks spread throughout Amsterdam, you’re never too far from finding a patch of grass and a lovely view. Parks are a great place for soaking up the sights and watching the world go by, and tourists and locals alike enjoy the chance for exercise and socializing, while taking a break from the city’s bustle.