Just beyond the Jordaan is one of contemporary Amsterdam's most cherished spaces. It's a park, first and foremost, with lawns, playgrounds, water fountains, a fabulous designer paddling pool, and a couple of tennis courts. Here you'll also find the sprawling terrain of the city's old gas works—the Westergasfabriek. Cafés, galleries, clubs, and a great arthouse cinema occupy the former industrial landscape that has been lovingly detoxed, replanted, and refurbed, building by building. And even more delightfully (and unlike the Vondelpark), behind it lies some natural wilderness with a community farm, a children's farm, a natural playground for kids, and some polder areas with footpaths between them. Plus a lovely late-19th-century cemetery.
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