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.