5 spectacular lesser-known city parks around the world
Going beyond the tourist traps.
Amstelpark in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Vondelpark may be the most famous park in town, but Amstelpark is just as lovely, and not nearly as crowded. The park was created in 1972 for the second world garden fair and remains the second most popular park in the city.
Its name comes from the fact that it lies next to the river Amstel, so it naturally features glorious walks along the river, as well as gardens, a café, a restaurant, two galleries and a mini-golf course.
There's also plenty of culture to be found here. While walking through, you may pass by a giant Rieker windmill from 1636 or a small bronze monument of Rembrandt, who used to walk by the river and make landscape drawings.