Author: Julie Thompson | Last Updated: 19 Oct 2019
With only a few chances of sun throughout the year, the Dutch love spending time outside whenever the weather allows, particularly in parks. The Vondelpark is the largest and most popular park in the city and within walking distance of the historic city center. The park was named after the famous Dutch poet and writer Joost Vondel. The Vondelpark could be considered Amsterdam’s version of Central Park in NYC and therefore one of it most popular tourist attractions, providing a green oasis for both tourists and locals. Aside from green grass and trees, the park also houses an open-air theatre, a pavilion, bars and restaurants, and playgrounds. An array of sculptures by famous artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Karel Appel, adorn the park. On a good day, you’ll see students lounging in the grass, families with kids playing, people jogging and walking their dogs. Do as the locals do and pick up a few treats from the supermarket to have a lovely picnic for a real Dutch summer experience. You’re even allowed to enjoy a drink of alcohol in the Vondelpark!
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