Paradise Found in Amstelveen

I love Amsterdam in August. Almost everyone has gone on holiday and even the DIYers are giving their Black & Deckers a break. A staycation definitely has its upside; summer weather has finally arrived, Olympics on the telly and plenty of day trips to enjoy nearby and inside the city.

Last weekend I went to the Jac. P. Thijsse park in Amstelveen. Thijsse was a Dutch conservationist and botanist, 1865-1945.  The 5,3 hectare park was designed by C.P. Broerse and J. Landwehr as a tribute to Thijsse and his principals. The oldest part dates from 1940 and the newest part from 1972. It is planted with purely indigenous plants. Its natural and random looking layout belies the amount of planning and maintenance that goes into creating this little bit of paradise. Unusually in Amsterdam dogs are banned from the park, which means your visit won’t be spoiled by the stink of dog poo or other litter. Definitely a hidden jewel which is free to visit.

Address – Jac P Thijsse Park, Prins Bernhardlaan 9, Amstelveen, Holland
Opening times – All year. Dawn to dusk.

Take bus 174 from Central Station (Pr Hendrikkade) and get off at Kalfjeslaan/Amstelveenseweg. About 30mins journey by bus and ten minutes walk to park.

Link to map

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About susancarey

Angela writes using pseudonym, Susan Carey. She has dual nationality, GB/NL and lives in Nijmegen. Susan has had short fiction published on multiple platforms and was a runner-up in the 2018 and 2017 Casket of Fictional Delights Flash Competitions. Her writing has also been published and performed by amongst others: Mslexia, Liars’ League, Reflex Fiction, the Casket and of course the wonderful Writers Abroad. In 2020 she published her short story collection, Healer. Tweets at @su_carey
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2 Responses to Paradise Found in Amstelveen

  1. sally robinson says:

    Good tip Angela! Thanks. Amstelveen is not an area I exactly associate with with natural spaces, and I love your slide show. High tech too. I’m impressed, although easily so on these matters! And you’re right about A’dam etc. in summer. Lovely, and you can even get through the Coentunnel.


  2. susancarey says:

    Thanks, Sally. I can certainly recommend a visit to the park in Amstelveen (of all places…)
    Slide show just involves uploading photos and choosing slide show option. WordPress does it for you automatically.


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