In the 19th century, this park was created to give Amsterdam's residents a chance to commune with nature. It's still a favorite destination for city-weary denizens. On any given day, you'll find folks relaxing, rollerblading, delighting in the sunshine, and taking in arts and entertainment programs. Children have their own play area, complete with a shallow pool, and buskers often congregate, hoping to merit a few coins. Named for poet Joost van den Vondel, whose statue watches over the goings-on.