Fodor's Expert Review Westerpark

Western Islands Park/Playground
Free Fodor's Choice
Canal, Westerpark, Amsterdam, Holland

Just beyond the Jordaan and across from the main canal that borders the Western Islands 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, a barbecue area, and a couple of tennis courts. The sprawling terrain of the city's old Western gasworks has been turned into the Westergasfabriek: cafés, galleries, clubs, shops, and an art-house cinema occupy the former industrial landscape that has been lovingly detoxed, replanted, and refurbished building by building. There's even a bit of natural wilderness (or at least the organized Dutch brand of "wilderness") behind the park, with a community farm, a petting zoo, a natural playground for kids, and some polder areas with footpaths between them. The lovely late-19th-century Sint Barbara cemetery is here, too.

Park/Playground Free Fodor's Choice Family

Quick Facts

Haarlemmerweg 8–10
Amsterdam, North Holland  1014 BE, Netherlands

www.westergasfabriek.nl

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