Amsterdam’s New ParkVondelpark, this large green park is one of the most popular parks in the city. The park was opened to the public in 1865 and at the beginning was named "The New Park". Today, it is visited by about 10 million visitors every year.
Two years after the opening of the park, a statue was placed in memory of the poet Joost Van Den Vondel (17th century), and the park then received its present name, Vondelpark.
In the park, you will find trails, grassy areas and tree areas. You can see children and families here, people doing sports and romantic couples.
History of the parkIt is interesting to hear about an association established in Amsterdam in 1864, "the association for the establishment of a park for riding and walking." A number of residents took the initiative, they purchased land and swamps in the city to build the park they dreamed about. Architect Jan David was responsible for its planning.
When the park was opened in 1865, members of the association were allowed to enter and visit for free, and the rest of the city had to pay for the entrance. In later years, maintenance costs began to grow due to its popularity among the city's residents and therefore the association was forced to sell it to the Amsterdam municipality. This step led to massive renovations during the 1950's by an architect assigned to the project and he set the goal of facilitating maintenance and accessibility.
In the '60s and' 70s, the "flower children" came to the park and created a free and liberal atmosphere.
The number of visitors continued to grow, and in 1996 the park was also recognized as a national heritage site. During the 2000's there was another renovation.
TipsChildren enjoy Vondelpark very much. You can rent bicycles or take a walk. There are even a shallow and free pool for bathing, lots of magical corners and animals.
On the weekends of the summer months, there are wonderful shows and festivals in the park. Enjoy!