Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam, and certainly the most famous park in the Netherlands, which welcomes about 10 million visitors every year. The Vondelpark is located south of Leidseplein and quite near of the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum.
The Vondelpark is loved by Amsterdammers as well as by tourists, and is full of people - enjoying a sunny day, dog-walking, jogging, roller-skating, listening to music, people-watching, or just lazing about in grass. Free concerts are given at the open-air theatre or in the summer at the park's bandstand. Other attractions are the statue of the poet Vondel, the cast iron music dome, the Groot Melkhuis with playground for children, and the Film museum with its popular terrace.
History of the Vondelpark
In 1864 a group of prominent Amsterdammers formed a committee to found a public park. They raised money to buy 8 hectares of land and the architect L.D. Zocher was commissioned to design the park as an English landscape. They used vistas, ponds and pathways to create an illusion of a natural area. The park was open to public in 1865 as a horseback riding and strolling park named Nieuwe Park. The name Vondelpark was adopted in 1867 when a statue of Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel was situated into the park. The committee soon raised money to enlarge the park and by 1877 it reached its current space of 45 hectares. At that time its location was on the edge of Amsterdam, since then it has become central in the city, close to Leidseplein and Museumplein.
Open Air Theatre
Theatre and music is played during June, July and August. The open-air theater takes place in Vondelpark five days a week, near the entrance from Eeghenstraat. The entry is free.
When taking kids to Vondelpark
Vondelpark has six play areas and one large playground near Groot Melkhuis. It is also possible to rent skates there at Snoephuisje (near Amstelveenseweg entrance), pancake are served there as well. Between 15 May and 15 September, the open air-theatre stages free children's shows on Wednesday afternoon. The Filmmuseum offer performances for children on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons.
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ymrk (15079) 2009-03-03 1:22
What a splendid tree and trees have a beautiful tonality in the same time.Have a nice tuesday,
ktanska (28022) 2009-03-03 1:33
That tree leaning over the water is just gorgeous. Dryish grass of wintertime makes good contrast with clear blue sky and reflections on water. One of the best city parks I know.
KLB (23723) 2009-03-03 1:34
Weeping willows are so photogenic...
It's a very pleasant composition wich such great colours.
This park seems to be a marvelous place to have a nice moment and you've presented it in a very good way.
A bright and sharp image.
ChrisJ (115497) 2009-03-03 1:39
Wonderful symmetrical reflections with good sharpness & saturation. I like the yellow vs blue colour contrast. Tfs!
swiatopelk777 (0) 2009-03-03 1:55
Nice park, very nice landscape. Wonderful tree and river.
Greetings from Poland!
phwall (6785) 2009-03-03 2:01
Seems we are both on the park theme today.
Lovely shot, you've captured the tranquil quiet mood perfectly. Very nice composition, the willow dominating the frame works superbly.
I can see myself strolling by that pond enjoying the quiet.
aadilj (18102) 2009-03-03 2:04
Hi geaorge, lovely natural landscape with superb tones, hues and etxtures. I like the pov and the way this has been composed like a lovely painting yet again
dta (79070) 2009-03-03 2:12
Hello George ,
Nice atmosphere of an end of winter . So peaceful ! Wonderful colors and clarity , for this well composed picture .
dip (23888) 2009-03-03 2:14
beautiful image,good point of view and framing,
amazing blue tones on the water!
besnard (56575) 2009-03-03 2:25
Une très belle image qui nous laisse penser que les beaux jours arrivent. Les couleurs sont superbes.
Mrci pour le partage et bonne journée.
ALIRIZA (16423) 2009-03-03 4:19
Blue and golden tones, really wonderful scene, natural colours. Well done...
snunney (100698) 2009-03-03 4:21
A very pleasant composition of this peaceful landscape. Lovely natural colours. Thanks for sharing.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-03-03 4:32
The colors of the Dutch winter do not have anything to envy the colors of the Languedocien winter. The reflection is splendid and the clearness of the fine stems of willow is perfect. Cheer.
Have a nice day
portmanndominic (2400) 2009-03-03 5:08
quiet POV with a good construction of the frame , wonderful colors the blue of the water is very good
npecanhuk (75592) 2009-03-03 5:17
Here I like the colors, the adequate sharpness (a painting-like picture), and the beautiful reflection! Brightness is also pretty pleasant! TFS - Congratulations!
TopGeo (38216) 2009-03-03 6:18
Hi George!A picture with calm atmosphere and good frame reflections and colours also! I like the colour of water, Simple and with great mood the view and composition
Gerrit (52097) 2009-03-03 7:33
Yes I know this remarkable overhanging wheeping willow,
Excellent composition and your Amsterdam portrait is really getting completer witrh every new photo.
TGULUMSER (13252) 2009-03-03 7:42
A great atmosphere, peaceful and magnificent. Colors are superb,
carper (96) 2009-03-03 9:18
a photo from almost 2 years back George.
well the nature was on that moment farther then it is now. I have haired that nature is this year about 5 weeks later then that year. very nice composition here, well taken and from a good quality. thanks for sharing my friend, have a nice evening.
bobocortis (16026) 2009-03-03 11:20
An excellent landscape with magnificent reflections.
Beautiful almost-vernal mood.
gildasjan (43650) 2009-03-03 13:23
Un beau petit coin de nature et une image de belle qualité.J'apprécie ce cadrage et la luminosité des couleurs.
paura (47186) 2009-03-03 15:48
A poetic view here in your well composed photography. Excellent photojob, friend. Vondelpark is really a nice place.
Graal (103028) 2009-03-03 23:02
Jó napot George,
spring mood in this image. Nice view from nature. Fine saturated colours. Well done photo. I like it.
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-03-03 23:35
Fine picture with the Vondelpark atmosphere. Beautiful reflections, very good colours and light management
TFS and have a nice day
hay_kes (31435) 2009-03-04 0:20
A wonderf spring view.Great colours, light and reflection.Nice panorama.TFS.
Have a nice day,
amaryllis (37039) 2009-03-04 4:16
une superbe photo semi printanière même de 2007 avec des couleurs sublimes, un ciel d'un beau bleu, et des réflections magnifiques
ce saule est magnifique et il pleure....sourires
COSTANTINO (66192) 2009-03-04 12:57
A photo with warm and sweet colours..
The whole scenery ,the lights and all the details are nicely composed..The result is perfect..it is a photo with excellent quality
bucanas (2218) 2009-03-04 16:28
Fantastic and beautiful colors,beautiful place,thanks.
pablominto (53746) 2009-03-05 1:58
That old tree is a real eye-catcher, hanging over the water!
I like the early spring colours, and the blue sky makes a fine backdrop...
The composition is well balanced, has fine details and a good feeling of depth!
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2009-03-05 15:38
Wonderful scene... Excellent colours, light and good reflections. Well done.
danyy (0) 2009-03-05 23:14
une ambiance calme et douce dans laquelle je me sentirais très bien. J'aime les parcs, mais en Belgique, ils sont souvent troublés dans leur calme, c'est pourquoi je recherche la nature plus sauvage.
Magnifiques couleurs rehaussées par des contrastes forts dans les lumières.
Un cadrage parfait aussi.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-03-01
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-03-03 1:20