Amsterdamse Bos

Amsterdamse Bos

Amsterdamse Bos in the summer of 2006
Type Public park
Location Aalsmeer, Netherlands
Amstelveen, Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coordinates 52°18′39″N 4°49′57″E / 52.3108°N 4.8325°E / 52.3108; 4.8325Coordinates: 52°18′39″N 4°49′57″E / 52.3108°N 4.8325°E / 52.3108; 4.8325
Area 10 km2 (2,471 acres)
Operated by City of Amsterdam
Visitors 4.5 million
Open All year

The Amsterdamse Bos (English: Amsterdam Forest ) is an English park or landscape park in the municipalities Amstelveen and Amsterdam. And although most of the park is located in Amstelveen, the owner of the park is the City of Amsterdam. The park was mainly build in the early thirties, mostly by the forced labour of the unemployed, who risked to lose their benefits. Annually, almost 4.5 million people visit the park, which has a size of 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) and is approximately three times the size of Central Park. In it, one can find animal parks, several sporting clubs, gardens and remembrance monuments.

Throughout the decades, the location has seen different gatherings, political manifestations and (i.a., free) concerts. These often took place on the so-called Vietnam Meadow. Despite extensive protests, this part was turned into a tennis venue in 1994.

The area of the park called Zonneweide is an area designated for naturist recreation.[1]


  1. "Zonneweide". Amsterdamse Bos (in Dutch). Retrieved 2016-03-06.

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