Oosterpark is Amsterdam’s most cultural park.
This spacious park from the end of 19th century in East Amsterdam, just located behind the Tropical Museum, exhibits several big, monumental sculptures.
While Oosterpark may be not worthy a special detour, if you are in the area, this is certainly the place for a longer moment of relaxation. The park is alongside of a long street, named after the park ‘Oosterparkstraat’. Only five minutes walking, from the East side of the park you can find one of Amsterdam’s most multicultural markets, the ‘Dapper Markt’.
• Huge grassy field; stretches of shady, waterfront lawn; large winding pond that attracts large water birds; children's wading pool; dog-friendly and dog-free zones; wide-paved paths for through bikers. One permanent food vendor; others are seasonal.
• Attracts mostly locals, who make up one of the most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods in Amsterdam, home to a large Surinamese, Indonesian and Indian population. Popular with musicians, couples and families.
• Ideal for a longer park visit, as it lies quite far east of the centre. Plenty of room for sports and group gatherings of all kinds.
• Located just behind the imposing Tropenmuseum (anthropological museum).
• Oosterpark is home to the free, open-air portion of the Amsterdam Roots Festival, a world music festival held annually on the last sunday in June.
• Oosterpark is home to the hiphopfestival Appelsap (Apple Juice) which is held annually in August. This used to be a free festival, but due to it's growing popularity tickets are now needed to enter. To compensate for this the festival has grown and now has three stages in stead of one.
• The park has several pieces of sculpture. Few were specifically made for this park, but others ended up here cause they's needed to be removed form other locations. Amongst these sculptures are two very important ones. The first one is the National Monument of the History of Slavery titled 'Shared Past, Common Future', which acknowledges the country's inhumane trade that brought the ancestors of this neighbourhood to The Netherland. Every year on the first of July the abolishment of slavery is commemorated at this sculpture and then celebrated with the Keti Koti festival in the park.
The other important sculpture 'De Schreeuw' (The Scream) which was made in commemoration of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh who was murdered on November 2, 2004 in the Linnaeustraat, which is one of the streets surrounding the park.
How to get there:
By public transport: Take tram line 9 or 14 from Dam Square or tram 7 or 10 from Leidsequare or bus 22 from Central Station.