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Amsterdam’s overlooked parks: A photo journal

The nooks and crannies of Amsterdam are punctuated by parks and green spaces. Local favourites, lesser-known treasures – once you start to look, these inner-city havens are everywhere.

A moment’s pause in the bustle of the business district. Sunbathing in picturesque canalside gardens. Skateboarding, rowing, running and strolling. Stretching out with shoes and socks off, feeling the grass between your toes.

This photo collection captures spaces often forgotten amidst the tourist attractions of the city. Take a breath of fresh air and wander into a whole other Amsterdam.

Vondelpark – Zuid, Amsterdam

Cyclists pass by an ice cream truck in Vondelpark

Cyclists pass by an ice cream truck in Vondelpark

Picasso in Vondelpark

Picasso in Vondelpark

A couple relax by the water in Vondelpark

A couple relax by the water in Vondelpark

One of Vondelpark’s picturesque footbridges

One of Vondelpark’s picturesque footbridges

Frederik Hendrik Plantsoen – West, Amsterdam

Sculptures at Frederik Hendrik Plantsoen

Sculptures at Frederik Hendrik Plantsoen

Westerpark – West, Amsterdam

Sunshine-yellow daffodils brighten Westerpark

Sunshine-yellow daffodils brighten Westerpark

The Westerpark Boerderij petting farm

The Westerpark Boerderij petting farm

Westerpark’s former gas containers have been transformed into tranquil lakes

Westerpark’s former gas containers have been transformed into tranquil lakes

Nelson Mandelapark – Zuid-Oost, Amsterdam

Nelson Mandelapark is a peaceful spot to bring your dog

Nelson Mandelapark is a peaceful spot to bring your dog

Amstelpark – Zuid, Amsterdam

Cherry blossom flourishes in Amstelpark

Cherry blossom flourishes in Amstelpark

Elandsgracht – Jordaan, Amsterdam

A statue of Dutch musician Manke Niels sits by Elandsgracht

A statue of Dutch musician Manke Niels sits by Elandsgracht

A swing in the Elandsgracht park

A swing in the Elandsgracht park

Elandsgracht offers benches and a small playground

Elandsgracht offers benches and a small playground