Picnic/un picnic/un pique-nique/ein picknick… the word, as well as the concept of sharing food with friends and family in the glorious outdoors, is a universal one.
Amsterdam is beautiful in summer and has a superb culture for outdoor activities, such as canal walks, cycling and a host of great picnic spots.
Here’s a list of seven of the top picnic spots in Amsterdam:
Created by a Dutch landscaper in 1891, this park was laid after having shocked the public with plans to move the cemetery that was original located there.
Home to many monuments and scultpures, you will never run out of things to see whilst picnic-ing in Oosterpark.
Museumplein is a large public space which is home to three of Amsterdam’s most famous museums: the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum and the Van Gogh Museum.
Set in stunning surroundings, and even more breathtaking during sunny weather, who wouldn’t want to have a picnic here?
Opened in 1865 and spanning 120 acres, Vondelpark attracts approximately 10m visitors annually.
One of its key features is an open-air theatre which shows a range of performance during the summer months.
And if you’re still feeling peckish after your picnic, then the park is also home to a selection of restaurants, so you can easily make a visit here last for an entire day.
Beatrixpark is famous for being one of the cleanest and quietest parks in Amsterdam.
Parts of the space have been renovated and changed; however one section remains unchanged and has kept its original English-influenced character.
This park is named after Samuel Sarphati, a famous Dutch city-planner, and is steeped in history – including the park’s change of name during the Second World War.
Home to beautiful settings including lakes and fountains, this would be a perfect picnic location.
Another peaceful location, Rembrandtpark is an ideal spot to soak up the summer sun whilst enjoying a homemade picnic.
With plenty to offer to visitors, you can enjoy a jog, a rest or a cycle through this beautiful area.
Amstelpark has the contents of a mini-excursion all in one place: a maze, restaurant, café, zoo, orangery, mini-golf course and art galleries are all situated here!
There is also a ‘park train’ which transports you to different sections of the park, such as the rhododendrons area pictured below.