Vondel Park covers an area of 47 hectares in the heart of Amsterdam. The park was designed by Jan David Zocher and opened in 1865. 10 million people visit the park each year. It is easy to see why.
It was a beautiful afternoon the day I walked through the park and even though it was full of people enjoying a sunny spring day, there were lots of quiet places.
There are walking paths and cycling paths, all put to very good use.
People, walk, ride, lie, play and even party in the park.
There is plenty of wildllife about.
This bird was making the most of a warm afternoon to preen his feathers.
This one was building a nest.
This gorgeous bird was also sorting out its feathers.
I came upon a little family.
There is also a water park for people. Children were the only ones brave enough to enter the water.
There are some beautiful homes circling the park.
Vondel Park is a great place to spend a few hours.
On another visit I found more water birds.
And some beautiful rhododendrons and bluebells.
There are several restaurants and great places to have a picnic.
Don’t miss Vondel Park if you go to Amsterdam.
To see more of lovely Amsterdam through the eyes of a local, take a look at Richard Tulloch’s Life on the Road.