Parks and Squares in Amsterdam
Perfectly positioned at various locations across the city, many of which are just minutes away from several of our Amsterdam holiday apartments, Amsterdam’s superb collection of iconic squares are all definitely worthy of a visit. Ranging from famous landmarks to nightlife hotspots, each individual square offers something for everyone who visits this truly remarkable city.
Possibly the most famous square in the whole of Amsterdam, Dam Square welcome thousands of tourists from all over the world every single day and is often a bustling hive of activity. The square was built in the 13th century when a dam was created around the River Amstel to prevent the city from flooding. Since then, the square has become more and more popular and is where a collection of Amsterdam’s most impressive buildings can be found, including the magnificent 17th Century Royal Palace.
Dating back over several centuries, the Leidseplein was once used as a place for farmers to park up their carts prior to entering the city. Nowadays it is a vibrant square which is lined with shops, cafes, restaurants and music venues. It is here that you will find Amsterdam’s delightful street performers, who entertain passers-by with their huge range of acts, together with a selection of theatres, cinemas and a casino. During the evenings, the Leidseplein becomes a lively nightlife hub, with its fantastic dance clubs attracting revellers from far and wide.
Located southwest of the city center, the 116-acre Vondelpark is the favorite leafy retreat of just about everyone. Not only is it the largest city park in Amsterdam, it's also one of the most revered in all of the Netherlands. Most recent travelers said they enjoyed people-watching and picnicking at the park.
Originally built for the 1972 Floriade, Amstelpark is different from most of the other Amsterdam parks. This park has several areas which were planted with horticultural specimens. Walk through the park and check out the “Dahliarama,” an area with dahlias and other flowers or the “Rhododendron Valley” with more than 8000 rhododendrons. Be sure not to miss the “Butterfly Garden”.
Erasmuspark is a smaller park in the west of Amsterdam but it is a very welcome spot of green in the city. There are always plenty of people walking their dogs and playing with their kids in Erasmuspark. Go there in spring to catch the pink blooms of the cherry blossoms.
A beautiful ecological park in the Oost, Frankendael provides habitat for many types of plants, animals and insects in its small space. Wander the park’s trails to enjoy the hidden niches and quiet places.