PARKS IN AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam is famous as one of the greenest cities in Europe. The largest green areas are on the edge of the town. Parks are quite relaxing and are also a source of great entertainment here. Greenery of parks gives a fresh feeling and refreshes the mind of a person. Different parks have different source of amusement. A playground with a sandpit and a paddling pool is almost there in every park. In addition to these many parks are featured with large variety of trees and flowers, sports facility, water features paths for cyclists and many more. These parks offer relief from the busy life of the city.
Some of the Green areas of Amsterdam are -
This is the most visited and largest park in Amsterdam. It is situated close to the Leidseplein and Museumplein. One can enjoy here through walking, skating, listening to music or just watching the passers-by. Architect L.D.Zocher and his son designed the park in such a way that it gave 19th century Amsterdamer the perfect look of natural landscape. Today it is one of the most famous tourist attractions that give an essence of pleasure to people. Many summer program of free afternoon entertainment is also organized here that includes children theatre, concerts, mime artists and acrobatic displays.
It is the newly expanded park that lies in the northwest of the city at a walking distance of ten minutes from central station. An old industrial complex, which was earlier a gas factory is situated in the middle of the park. Now it has been converted into a pleasant caf� and creative offices. Various activities are held here and now it is popular as the playground for creative artists. This entertainment complex includes a theatre, a club, art pieces, and a restaurant. Visitors can also enjoy large pond and small tennis court.
Amsterdamse Bos/ Amsterdam Wood -
It is a forest type park situated in the southwest of Amsterdam and home to variant number of native trees as well as specimen trees from many countries. It is like a heaven for many kinds of insects, small animals and many species of birds especially water birds. Many small lakes are also present in this wood that are decorated with bridges, which adds to its beauty. The main attractions are horse rental, canoe rental and an open theatre. One can enjoy sailing boats, rowing, walking, jogging, cycling and fishing. Little further is the Bosmuseum, where one can view the map of the park along with the walking routes and the story about how the wood was created. Besides this a permanent exhibition in addition to provisional exhibition about planting and maintenance of the wood can also be enjoyed.
Sarphathi Park -
This is a small park at the southern edge of the center and is the best place to spend few moments away from the hectic city life. It was created in the 19th century in an English landscape style and is surrounded by houses. This park was named after a socially conscious doctor Sameul Sarpathi. In the second half of 19th century when there was a severe shortage of houses for workers, at that time Sarpathi initiated this project of formation of a colony with a park in the center. The final plan was produced and looked after by an engineer Van Niftrik. Besides houses a variety of cafes and snack bars are also present around it. This makes it a popular picnic spot and after the recent renovation it has become a famous meeting place also. People enjoy sunbathe here in summer.
This spacious park is 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. It 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.
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