Amsterdam is one of the most popular backpacker destinations in Europe. The Dutch capital is known for its liberal culture and beautiful scenery. Word-class museums sit beside sprawling parks and illicit coffee shops. This is a unique city with a relaxed atmosphere. It is also fairly compact town, making it is easy to check out some inexpensive attractions on foot or bicycle. Head to Amsterdam in the summer months for warmer weather and outdoor activities.
Start at VondelPark. Take a walk through the biggest park in Amsterdam. More than 10 million people visit VondelPark each year, and with good reason. It is located near the famous Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Ponds, flower beds, and winding pathways make this a scenic place to relax on a sunny day. Free concerts are held in the summer throughout the park. Cheap bicycle rentals are also available for those who want to cycle along the well-maintained bike paths.
Head south to AmstelPark. This massive area was originally founded as the grounds for an international flower fair back in 1972. Located in the Buitenveldert neighborhood, AmstelPark has something for everyone. There is a petting zoo for kids as well as a mini-golf course. Adults can check out various art exhibitions at the Glazen House as well as the Orangerie and Papillon Galleries. Make sure to wander through the beautiful gardens by the river bank before you leave.
Nature lovers should also stop by the Amsterdamse Bos, a forested recreation area in the southwest part of Amsterdam. There is a petting zoo and sports park for children to enjoy. If you are in search of water sports, visit the Amsterdamse Bos rowing course. You can rent boat here to take out on the water. An open-air theater is also located on site for free live performances in the summer months. Finally, stop through the Forestry Museum where visitors can learn about local flora and fauna.
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David Thyberg began his writing career in 2007. He is a professional writer, editor and translator. Thyberg has been published in various newspapers, websites and magazines. He enjoys writing about social issues, travel, music and sports. Thyberg holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College with a certificate in Spanish and Latin American studies.