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Oosterpark is a spacious, most culturally diverse park situated behind the Tropical museum on the east side of Amsterdam. The design of the park is fascinating as every section of park offers different attractive view. Several multicultural festivals are held here throughout the year, as it is a popular venue for various cultural activities like Amsterdam Root festival held every June in Amsterdam. It’s a world famous music festival. The park is famous among various groups including Indians, Indonesians, Muslims and the others. Several big, monumental sculptures lie here that attracts everyone with its beauty. Thus it is a perfect place for longer moment of relaxation.
Oosterpark is an municipal park covering an large area and is a perfect place for picnic, walk and refreshment. This was the very first public park in Amsterdam that was created by the municipality. The park was designed by famous landscape architect Leonard Antonji Springer in 1891. Some of the cemetery was removed and some smaller estates were demolished for the suitable size of the park. Later it was planned by, Singer, a prolific park and garden designer, to grant the park free English landscape style.
Many of the famous and outstanding monuments makes the place wonderful. Many of these sculptures seems to utter out their story. Some of them are - the National Monument of Slavery by Erwin Jules de Vries (acknowledge the country’s inhumane trade) , ‘The Scream’ by Jeroen Henneman. It’s a commemorative of Theo Van Gogh, film director, who was murdered in the street near the park by a Muslim extremist in 2004. In this sculpture ,according to its creator, Theo screams for mercy. Then ‘Flame’ by Jan Wolkers is another abstract which is built of stainless steel pipes reminds the Dutch literature movement are also superb. Besides these ‘Titaantjes’ by Hans Bayens, bronze ‘ Goat Rider’ by Gerrit Boluis and ‘Playing Children’ are another famous sculptures.
Besides this a large figure of wild birds can also be depicted here. Most visible are the Grey herons with that many other birds have their nest here so they are easily noticeable. Wild ducks can be seen at the western edge of the lake of the park. The cleanliness of the park is maintained regularly. It’s a nice picnic spot with large area of open spaces and big trees. For kids also a fenced children playground and wading pools are existing. Large grassy fields, waterfront lawns, attractive large water birds in the winding ponds makes it an attractive place.
The spot is reachable by tram, bus or by car. Metered parking is available. The park is at a walking distance from Tropenmuseum. For bikes, wide paved paths have been constructed. Dog friendly as well as dog free areas are at hand in the park. Rooms are also accessible for sports and group gatherings for some occasion. Not only for the longer park visit but short visit can also be the pleasurable one.
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