Vondelpark Overview

Situated in the city center of Amsterdam, Vondelpark is an English-style green arena that allows you to take a break from the urban life of the city and witness the luscious greenery. Spreading across an area of 111 acres, this park features a film museum, an open-air theater, a riding school, and a lake. The lining of different kinds of cafes, restaurants, and museums also makes it a year-round tourist destination.  

Located in the heart of the city, Vondelpark is the largest park in Amsterdam that allows visitors to take a break from urban life and explore the most gorgeous views of nature. Discover the beauty of Vondelpark with our Europe tour packages. This park features a film museum, an open-air theater, a riding school, and a lake, along with a lining of various cafes and restaurants. People generally pay a visit to this park to have a picnic, cycle, jog and indulge in several other activities. This park attracts multiple tourists throughout the year as the park hosts innumerable shows and events, out of which the King's Day celebration is the most famous one. If you visit Vondelpark during the summer season, you can enjoy the free music in the open-air theater.

Vondelpark offers various sightseeing locations to visitors as well. Some of the fundamental things that are worth witnessing on your visit to the Vondelpark are the astonishing statue of Vondel, the rose garden, the renowned open-air theater, avenues covered with trees, and lakes. Each of these features in the park lets visitors relish the experience of cabaret and dance performances and musical shows during the summer season. Therefore, it is one of the go-to tourist destinations in Amsterdam that will surely be a perfect escapade to the greenery in the middle of the city.

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• Pay a visit to the Vondelpark and explore some of the beautiful views of nature away from urban life.
• Witness a film museum, an open-air theater, a riding school, and a lake, along with a lining of various cafes and restaurants, in the Vondelpark.
• Have a picnic, cycle, and jog along with your friends, or indulge in other activities in the Vondelpark.
• Relish the innumerable shows and events held in the park, with the King’s Day celebration being the most famous one.
• Enjoy free music in the open-air theater of the park during the summer season.
• Admire the beauty of the astonishing statue of Vondel, the rose garden, the renowned open-air theater, avenues covered with trees, and lakes.
• Do not miss a chance to experience cabaret and dance performances during the summer season in the park.
• Provides a perfect escapade from urban life into the world of nature and greenery in the center of the city.

How To Reach

There are 3 Major ways to travel from Amsterdam Airport to Vondelpark and here is a breakdown of all of them:

Train: Board on a Train from Schiphol to Station Amsterdam Zuid WTC, which will consume around 7 minutes of yours. After that, from Station Amsterdam Zuid WTC you need to take a Tram 5 going towards the Central Station. Tram journey will last for around 6-7 Mins and you need to de-board the tram at Leidseplein, from there you can walk till Vondelpark which is just 300 meters away.

Bus: Another way is to catch Bus Line 397 from the Airport and get down at Emmastraat and walk from there to Vondelpark at a distance of 1.5 KM. The journey will conclude in around 32 Mins and will cost approximately 3-4 Euro.

Car: Taking a Taxi for the commute is the fastest option as it would only take 15 mins. However, the cost would be on a little higher side with 40 Euros a ride.

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Best Time To Visit

There is no certain time to visit the Vondelpark as it is open to the public throughout the year from Sunrise to Sunset. Though there are multiple shows that take place during certain times of the year, you surely do not want to miss out on the amazing events here.

During the summertime, there is an annual Open Air Theatre festival that takes place in which there are multiple theatrical exhibitions, modern dance and Stand-up acts, etc. are performed. This festival starts with the month of May and goes on till September.

The Vondelpark hosts one of the biggest Pride events in the world, named Pride Amsterdam. It serves as an opportunity for people of all ages to gather there and learn more about the LGBTQ community and heritage.

Also throughout the year, the Vondelpark keeps holding cultural events and attracts around 10 million people yearly.

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Other Essential Information

History of Vondelpark

Christiaan Pieter van Eeghen led a group of people to establish this park in the year 1864. Later during 1865, the park was designed and in 1867 a statue of writer and playwright Joost van den Vondel was placed in the park. This is the reason behind the name of this park.

During the 19th century, in 1936, a rose garden was created in the park. During the following years, the overall maintenance of the park was tuned out to be very expensive, as a result of which the park was donated to the city of Amsterdam in 1953. Later during the 1960s, the park was renovated again along with the installation of a children's playground, flower power area, and open-air theatre.

As a result of the new restoration from 1999 to 2010, the grass field was turned into a field where people could play sports and the paths as bike paths.

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Things to Do Near Vondelpark

1. Go Shopping

You can opt for well-known shopping streets, PC Hoofstraat and Beethovenstraat. Both of these shopping streets are pretty much crowded because of its popularity. If you are looking for a quieter place to shop, go to Cornelis Schuytsraat.

2. Yoga and Meditation

Dee Roos is the one-stop place for wellness and healing. You can engage yourself in various yoga and meditation courses here. The place is also equipped with a kitchen, terrace, gift shop and yoga & meditation room.

3. Equine Enthusiast

Tourists interested in equine can fulfil their craving at Hollandsche Manege, which is Vienna’s celebrated Spanish Horse Riding School. You can have a peek of the horses and watch their trainers train them, from an upstairs café.

4. Visit to nearby Museums

Vondelpark is a stone-throw distance from some of the popular museums of Amsterdam. You can choose anyone between the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk museum as each one is better than the other.

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Places to Visit Near Vondelpark

1. Rijksmuseum

At a mere distance from Vondelpark, the Rijksmuseum is a famous tourist spot and renowned museum in Amsterdam. The museum takes you through 800 years of Dutch and global history.

2. Overtoop

If you are striving with hunger after a lovely walk in the Vondelpark, then you must head towards Overtoop. It is a popular dining street on the west side of the park where you will have plenty of cuisines to choose from.

3. Kinderkookkafe

If you are accompanied by your kids, then Kinderkookkafe is the best place you could take them. Besides serving lip-smacking food, they have mini food counters where kids can prepare their own meals under the supervision of the hotel staff. 

4. Orgelpark

Orgelaprk is currently a classical and jazz concert site, which used to be a church back in the day it is one of its kind and must be there on your to-do list. Kindly go through their website for the concert calendar and ticket information.

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Places to Eat in Vondelpark

1. Blauwe Theehuis

Blauwe Theehuis is the place where you can find moderately priced meals in a monumental “tea house”, but since the place is immensely popular, you may find it busy almost all the time. So, make sure you have time in your hand.

2. Hap-Hmm

Hap-Hmm place provides basic food from the Dutch culinary made with simple and traditional techniques. You can relish on some truly authentic Dutch taste without shelling out a huge amount from your pocket.

3. Blauwe Amsterdam

Blauwe Amsterdam is one of the top Indonesian eateries in town, which is famous for its rijsttafels meals.

4. Pasta Tricolore

Pasta Tricolore is an Italian espresso bar and trattoria that provides you with a menu of sandwiches, antipasti, and entrée. Dining In and Take away, both options are available here.

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Places to Stay Near Vondelpark

1. Conservatorium Hotel

Opposite to Concertgebouw, there is this eight-story five-star hotel called Conservatorium Hotel. Originally this place used to be a bank and later on, the city’s Conservatorium of music. This place has got contemporary style rooms along with designer furnishing.

2. Hotel Not Hotel

Located only 250 meters from the popular street kinkerstraat, this place is a total work of art. There are beds shaped like Tram 965, you can get cozy in a cute blu-white VW van or you can climb a ladder to a crow’s nest. 

3. Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

This is a 536-beds hostel which provides private and shared rooms as well. Because of the affordable prices and is situated in the Vondelpark only, this place is quite popular amongst tourists.

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Open Air Theatre in Vondelpark

Open Air Theatre in Vondelpark

Open Air Theatre is a yearly festival that takes place at the Vondelpark from June to September. This festival is packed with dance, cabaret, theatre performance for children, stand up comedy and a lot more. The best part is that there will be no entry charge for this Open Air Theatre but voluntary donations are appreciated.

This festival kicks off in the Month of May with various interesting festivals. In the beginning, you will find the Liberation Festival for Children. From June onwards you will have plenty of options on your plate to choose from every Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Make sure to reach early as this place gets jam-packed during this festival.

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Friday Event in Vondelpark

Friday Event in Vondelpark

Every Friday evening is reserved for The Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival which starts at 20:30 Hrs with a contemporary and modern dance performance. Also on Friday, there is the Friday Night Take that takes place in front of the Filmmuseum.

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Vondelpark FAQs

What does Vondelpark mean?

It’s the name given to a public urban park, spread across 120 Acres, in Amsterdam. It is named after the playwright and poet Joost van den Vondel during the 17th century, hence it is known as Vondelpark.

What is Vondelpark famous for?

It’s the largest park in Amsterdam city which attracts over 10 million people yearly. The major attractions of the park are open-air theatre, cafés, children’s playground, restaurants, etc.

Are dogs allowed in Vondelpark?

Dogs are welcome in the park but it has to be tied with a leash near and at playgrounds, and on meadows.

Can you take photos in Vondelpark?

Yes, you can take photos in Vondelpark without any restriction. Infact, the place is brimming with scenes worth capturing in the frames. Just be careful that there would be other visitors too and you shall not interfere in their privacy.

Is Vondelpark worth visiting?

Yes, Vondelpark is definitely worth visiting with being a home to serene ponds and grassy playgrounds connected with rugged paths. You can also catch an open air theater at the park or hire a bicycle to roam around. Besides, you could visit the rose garden, cafes and also witness a range of statues and sculptures.

Can you drink alcohol in Vondelpark?

Yes, you can drink alcohol in Vondelpark unless you are disturbing people around you. You could even purchase beers from the cafe situated inside the park.

Can you swim in Vondelpark?

You cannot swim in Vondelpark, however, you can find nearby swimming pools easily. Zuiderbad, Het Marnix, Sloterlake, etc. are some of the places to find a swimming pool.

How long does it take to walk around Vondelpark?

The park is spread in a 45 hectares area and it’s a 4.12 Km track of the park. It will take around 15-20 minutes to cover the distance.

How long do you need it at the Vondelpark?

You need around an hour to soak into the serenity of the Vondelpark. However, it totally depends upon you to decide how much time you wish to spend inside the park.

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