Short of green spaces in the city, locals head to Vondelpark to relax, especially if the sun is shining. Located a bit outside of the main city centre, the park is made up of around 47 hectares (120 acres) and is named after the 17th-century Dutch poet, Joost van den Vondel.
The park dates back to 1864 when leading Amsterdammers came together to turn the soggy marshland into a landscaped park. Officially opened in 1865 and expanded in 1877, the park features over 100 species of tree.
Inside there are ponds, narrow waterways, a rose garden, bandstand, and children’s play areas. There is even an open-air theatre that provides free concerts and theatrical performances in the summer.
The park does have some rules (especially about barbecuing), but on a warm, sunny day Vondelpark is a great place to escape the busy, fast-paced city.