Vondelpark is the largest park in Amsterdam, and certainly the most famous park in the Netherlands, which welcomes approximately 10 million visitors every year. The Vondelpark is located south of Leidseplein and quite near the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum. It is loved by locals and tourists alike, with free concerts playing throughout the summer months in the open-air theatre and bandstand. The park is home to a selection of restaurants and cafés, including the Blauwe Theehuis, Café Vertigo, and Groot Melkhuis. You’ll also find a skate rental shop, an open-air theatre and a rose garden with more than 70 types of roses in the park. The Vondelpark was designed by landscape architect L.D. Zocher and has been awarded national heritage status.
The Amsterdamse Bos spans almost 1000 hectars (about 2 by 5 kilometers). It is owned by the city of Amsterdam and situated within the local authorities of Amsterdam, Amstelveen and Aalsmeer, a bit outside of Amsterdam. Go here when you feel like nature after a few days in the city.
In the further east part of Amsterdam - this park is much more quiet than the regular parks like Vondelpark and Sarphatipark, and bigger. Go here for a nice strawl or for a bit of frisbee playing.
In the upcoming east part of Amsterdam. Small but friendly and just renovated.
Located in Amsterdam West, the Westerpark is a wonderful place to walk, skate, relax or have a picnic with friends. This green expanse dotted with trees and ponds is part of the Westergasfabriek complex, a former gasworks that was completely renovated in recent years. Besides the park, this area is home to a nice selection of cafés, restaurants and bars, as well as an art-house cinema and a variety of small creative and sustainable businesses. Many large cultural events take place at the Westergasfabriek throughout the year, so make sure to check their website: www.westergasfabriek.nl