The Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s most popular park; a busy gathering place and a hub of entertainment. The park was opened in 1865 and originally named the “Nieuwe Park” (New Park), but later renamed to “Vondelpark”, after the 17th century author Joost van den Vondel. The park is home to a number of Amsterdam’s popular attractions, and is a great place to unwind after a busy morning or afternoon sightseeing!
Several cafes, bars & restaurants are available within the park. These include the Groot Melkhuis café & restaurant, Café Vertigo (the bar/restaurant of the film museum), Vondeling (the bar/restaurant of the open air theatre), and the Blauwe Theehuis bar/restaurant (‘Blue Tea House’).
Located within the Vondelparkpaviljoen (a 19th century pavilion), is the Netherlands Filmmuseum, the national film museum. The museum holds 46,000 film titles, 35,000 posters and 450,000 photographs. The earliest materials held in the Filmmuseum date from the start of the film industry in Holland in 1895. Within this pavilion, there is also the Filmmuseum movie theatre. The museum also organizes exhibitions, lectures, debates, and in the summer there are open air films on the terrace.
The film screenings range from 19th century silent films to contemporary digital productions, and are screened regularly. Every two years newly restored films from the collection are screened during the Filmmuseum Biennial.
The Vondelpark Openluchttheater (open-air theater) is an open air theatre with shows from June until August. There are performances from all sorts of music genres and groups, including classical music, pop music, world music, dance, musical theatre and cabaret. The theatre receives a subsidy from the city government. Although visitors are asked for a donation of one euro, all performances have free entry.