With Children: Amsterdam
Every city has its own iconic park, a veritable green lung, a refuge for city residents and tourists alike who, for one reason or another, decide to pay it a visit, stroll through it and discover its history and hidden gems. Some famous examples are: Central Park in New York, El Retiro in Madrid, Hyde Park in London and Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona… Amsterdam, the newest Eric Vökel city for now—the chosen destination for one of our buildings of designer suites and apartments—, has an amazing park that’s visited by thousands of people every day, with annual visitors reaching more than 10 million per day—the Vondelpark.
Vondelpark, located in the southern part of the city, to the west of Museumplein—the public square where three major museums, the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum, aside from the concert hall Concertgebouw, are found—and Leidseplein square, one of the liveliest areas in the city, covers more than 47 hectares, making it the largest and most important public park in the country.
If you’re visiting Amsterdam and even if you only have a few days to enjoy one of the most charming cities in Northern Europe, it’s definitely worth taking the time to explore Vondelpark to see its monuments and its delightful nooks and crannies up close, ride a bike, rent some skates, take in open-air theater shows and have a fantastic picnic, among many other activities.
A public area meant to be enjoyed with your children and family, it is set in the perfect natural environment and has been declared a national monument since 1996, becoming one of the first urban parks in the world to receive such a distinction.
Originally built in 1864 with only 8 hectares, Vondelpark was later expanded to its current 47 hectares in 1877.
More than 150 tree species can be found in this public park, as well as a wide range of animals such as porcupines, squirrels, blackbirds, thrushes, sparrows, pigeons, woodpeckers, macaws, frogs, salamanders, toads, storks, etc., aside from the species inhabiting its lakes, among which are eels, gilt-head breams, crucian carps, common carps, Prussian carps and perches.
If you’ve decided to stay at one of our apartments in Amsterdam, Vondelpark is just a short 20-minute ride away on public transport. Enjoy a perfect day out with your family, children, significant other or friends in close contact with nature in a free, outdoor, public space.
Vondelpark address: Vossiusstraat 53. 1071 Amsterdam
Opening hours: open every day from sunrise to sundown.
From Eric Vökel Amsterdam Suites, at De Ruijterkade 127, it is a 48-minute walk or 16 minutes by bike or 22 minutes on the tram, taking 1, 2 or 5 from Centraal station, which is a few meters away from our building of designer apartments or suites in Amsterdam.