The Vondelpark was designed and built in 1850 as a green spot where people can walk their dog. Nowadays residents still walk their dog here, but the park also attracts a wider audience, such as groups of friends barbecuing, people jogging, locals rushing to work or children playing in one of the many playgrounds. During Covid-19 the park also became a very popular spot for first (Tinder)dates. We recommend starting your day at the park with a long walk (don’t miss out on the beautiful rose garden) before having a nice lunch at one of the cafes scattered over the area. Then head to the open-air theatre. If you’re lucky you might catch an impromptu show or concert. Want some culture too? Just outside of the park, on the west side, you can visit the Vondelkerk (Vondel Church) or the oldest riding school in Amsterdam, the Hollandsche Manege.