Parks of Amsterdam – Oosterpark
Located just outside the Amsterdam centrum, but on the completely opposite side compared to Westerpark, is the lovely Oosterpark. This shouldn’t be surprising; WESTerpark is up in the northwest. OOSTerpark (“oost” means “east”) is in the southeast. It’s a big park, with lots of benches, a big lake, lots of birds, and a bunch of nice footbridges.
Just as with Westerpark, I have my favorite bench. I know I’m in the right area when I spot the statue of the guy with the goat.
The bench I like is shrouded by trees and overlooks the lake. You can see it behind the goat statue, on the left.
As you can see, I like to park my bike here and sit.
I have intentions to read, but I get distracted by the natural beauty of the place and I end up just sitting and observing the world.
Other people like this part of the park as well. More times than not, I find my bench occupied by someone, like that guy with the dog. He knows a good spot when he sees it.
The bike paths are nice, and the footbridges are great, but for me, the lake is the star attraction.
Last time I was there, I saw a ton of birds.
The pathways are usually pretty lush and in the summer, the wildflowers are in bloom, making the place especially pretty.
It’s a longer bike ride for me to get here, compared to Westerpark, but that’s okay. When I come here, I usually bring a sandwich and a drink and make a day of it.