Vondel Park is situated south of the Leidseplein area and is the most popular in Amsterdam attracting over 10 million visitors a year. Itís a haven for joggers, cyclists, walkers and people lazing the day away. During the summer there are free concerts and the park has six play areas for the kids. The park was opened to the public in 1865 and was originally know as Nieuwe Park until 1867 when it changed its name to Vondel Park after the poets statue was erected. Today the park covers 45 hectares and a great place to stroll around. Within the park there are cafes conveniently situated and the film museum is located within the parks boundary.
The statue of the famous poet Joost van den Vondel 1587 to 1679 who was a Dutch writer and playwright who the park is named after and a statue outside the film museum.