The Vondelpark Amsterdam's own 'Central Park'

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One of the older entrance gates

London has its Hyde Park, New York City has Central Park, and Amsterdam has the Vondel Park.

The Vondel Park is with just 47 hectares (116 acres) only a little dot on the map compared to the 341-hectare (843-acre) sized Central Park, making it about 7 times as small. Considered in relative visitors, however, one could say that the Vondel Park is about three times more popular than Central Park. The Vondelpark gets 10 million visitors per year, Central Park 25 million. So: 73,314 visitors per hectare for Central Park and 212,766 visitors per hectare for the Vondel Park.

The park was established in 1864, making it actually five years younger than Central Park. Initially it was a private park accessible by invitation only, but after a year it became publicly accessible.

The band stand
Initially the park was called the Nieuwe Park (New Park), later, in 1867 the people called it Vondel Park when the statue of the famous Dutch playwright Joost van den Vondel was placed.

I had never been in the park. Quite a shame I thought. So, today would finally change that. I planned a walk through the park. Unfortunately the end of November is not the most attractive season to visit a park. No leaves, no flowers, fallen leaves are still rotting on the floor, and it is too early for a nice snowy and icy scenery.

At the park's entrance I already knew I was in the Netherlands. A huge set of patronizing signs told what could and mostly what could NOT be done in the park. Graffiti was also prominently present. I only hiked 4.6 kilometers (2.9 miles). And that was basically the whole park. Some highlights: nice old houses, fountains, the Blauwe Theehuis (Blue Tea house: a nice modernist tea pavilion), the old band stand, and, of course, Joost van den Vondel's statue.

I'll have to come back some day in summer to see the real face of the park. To be continued!

More pictures below!

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One of the older entrance gates
One of the older entrance gates
The band stand
The band stand
The typical Dutch over organized r…
The typical Dutch over organized …
Graffity? I hope your mind splits …
Graffity? I hope your mind splits…
Statue in front of the Vondelpark …
Statue in front of the Vondelpark…
The Park is one of the lowest part…
The Park is one of the lowest par…
Nice old house
Nice old house
Kattenlaan
Kattenlaan
Welcome in our Vondelpark. This …
"Welcome in our Vondelpark." This…
Fountains
Fountains
The regular park items, grass and …
The regular park items, grass and…
The proximity of Schiphol Airport …
The proximity of Schiphol Airport…
Nice old houses in the neighborhood
Nice old houses in the neighborhood
A victim of some recent storms
A victim of some recent storms
Het Blauwe Theehuis (the Blue Tea …
Het Blauwe Theehuis (the Blue Tea…
Keep an eye on your dog!
Keep an eye on your dog!
Het Blauwe Theehuis (the Blue Tea …
Het Blauwe Theehuis (the Blue Tea…
Het Blauwe Theehuis (the Blue Tea …
Het Blauwe Theehuis (the Blue Tea…
Het Blauwe Theehuis (the Blue Tea …
Het Blauwe Theehuis (the Blue Tea…
Het Blauwe Theehuis (the Blue Tea …
Het Blauwe Theehuis (the Blue Tea…
A blue Heron next to the Blue Tea …
A blue Heron next to the Blue Tea…
Oops! I scare it away!
Oops! I scare it away!
Mr. Joost van den Vondel keeping w…
Mr. Joost van den Vondel keeping …
Some majestic neighboring property
Some majestic neighboring property
Some majestic neighboring property…
Some majestic neighboring propert…
The entrance at the Stadhouderskade
The entrance at the Stadhouderskade
HDR impression of the Singelgracht
HDR impression of the Singelgracht
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisual…
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisua…
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