The Fish


A cut above regular park statuary is Picasso's soaring, approximately 6m-high abstract work Figure découpée l’Oiseau (Bird Cut Out), better known locally as the The Fish (1965), which he donated for the park's centenary. It's located roughly in the middle of the Vondelpark, closer to the southern side.

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1. Joost van den Vondel Statue

0.15 MILES

Vondelpark took its name from this 1867 statue of poet and playwright Joost van den Vondel (1587–1679), created by sculptor Louis Royer. It was originally…

2. Rose Garden

0.21 MILES

The Vondelpark's rose garden, with some 70 different species, was added in 1936.

3. Hollandsche Manege


The neoclassical Hollandsche Manege is a surprise to discover just outside the Vondelpark. Entering is like stepping back in time, into a grandiose indoor…

4. Stedelijk Museum

0.48 MILES

This fabulous museum houses the collection amassed by postwar curator Willem Sandberg. The ground-floor Stedelijk Base exhibition displays a rotating…

5. House of Bols

0.54 MILES

Cheesy but fun: here you undertake an hour's self-guided tour through this jenever (Dutch gin) museum. In the 'Hall of Taste' you'll try to differentiate…

6. Van Gogh Museum

0.54 MILES

This wonderful museum traces Van Gogh's life and artistic development via the world's largest collection of his work. More than 200 canvases are on…

7. Van Gogh Museum Library

0.55 MILES

The Van Gogh Museum's library has a wealth of reference material – some 35,000 books and articles – for serious study.

8. Museumplein

0.56 MILES

Amsterdam's most famous museums cluster around this public square, which has that Amsterdam essential: a skateboard ramp, as well as a playground and ice…