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Best for Chilling out - Expert review of Vondelpark
You might want to pop over to the Vondelpark for a dose of fresh air after tackling the big museums - the park is little more than a five-minute stroll from the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. If the weather's fine, you may be tempted to explore the city's largest green space more thoroughly: there are various gardens, and lots of ponds and lakes - I've often spotted herons on them. And on a warm summer's day, it can seem like half of Amsterdam is in the park, and that the Sixties never went away. Every blade of grass is covered with semi-naked Amsterdammers sunbathing, flinging Frisbees, strumming their guitars, knocking back cans of Heineken and smoking joints. In summer, there is also free entertainment in the open-air theatre (www.openluchttheater.nl).
Eating and drinking
I've recommended three unusual cafés in or near to the park: Vertigo, 't Blauwe Theehuis and Kinderkookkafé. The Vondeltuin café (www.vondeltuin.nl), on the park's south-west corner, rents out skates. Every Friday evening, weather permitting, experienced skaters congregate outside the EYE Film Institute Nederlands (formerly the Nederlands Filmmuseum) in the Vondelpark for a 20km tour of the city - see www.fridaynightskate.com for more infomation.
More information on Vondelpark:
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- Park / garden
- Vondelpark, Amsterdam
- Months open:
- All year round