In the lush greenery of De Braak park

The Kingdom of the Netherlands, known as the Netherlands, is a country famous for windmills, tulips and Stroopwafels. Amsterdam, its capital city, is widely popular for cannabis and Red Light District. However, there’s a lot more to explore in both Amsterdam and the whole Netherlands. I bet you haven’t heard there’s a pyramid in the Netherlands? Or Micropia in Amsterdam, the only museum in the world that displays the world of micro-organisms?

Today I will guide you through one of the most beautiful parks in The Netherlands – De Braak. If you are a nature lover and photographer, this is a photographers dream. This park is one of the most unique places I have visited in the Netherlands and definitely one of the best hidden gems in the area of Amsterdam/Amstelveen.

Greenery and a lake of De Braak park

Surrounded by the lush greenery and gorgeous flowers, it is the perfect place to spend the day outside of the busy Amsterdam.

Institute in De Braak park Amstelveen

‘HEME’ Park DE BRAAK⠀

Walking along the path of De Braak park

WHAT ARE HEME PARKS?⠀
‘Heme’ stands for native which means that the plants are among the original wild plants of the country together with some exotic plants that are not native. ⠀

Beautiful flower in De Braak park
red and purple flowers in De Braak park

THE HISTORY OF THE PARK:
The construction of the park begin in the late 1930s. The park has been made as a walking opportunity and for relaxation. In the beginning, the surface was very wet, poor and acidic, in short – not attractive to many crop. So, Dutch people decided to make use of their own native plants and De Braak became a park with species that fit wet, poor and sour peat.

Greenery in De Braak park
Lake in De Braak park in Amstelveen
De Braak park wooden bridge in Amstelveen

WHERE?
This gorgeous, a secret park, is located in the municipality of Amstelveen, 8 km from Amsterdam. Amstelveen is a charming city where many families find their home to run away from hustle and bustle of Amsterdam. ⠀

In the middle of De Braak park


WHEN TO VISIT:
Anytime but spring is the best time because most of the flowers in the park are spring flowers.

Standing on the wooden bridge in De Braak park

INTERESTING FACTS:⠀

There’s even an app about De Braak to download with all the flower explanations and striking birds such as mute swan, kingfisher etc.⠀
DE BRAAK is even a national monument.

De Braak park in Amstelveen

OVERALL EXPERIENCE:⠀
We didn’t use the app, we just walked around and enjoyed in intensive and lovely smells of flowers.⠀
I would highly recommend this park to anyone who loves nature and quite places. Although, it can get noisy due to Schiphol Airport near by, but usually the birds are much more louder than anything else. 🙂

What are best hidden gems that you have visited and where were they⁉️⠀

Greenery in De Braak park in Amstelveen, The Netherlands
Walking in De Braak park in Amstelveen

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This Post Has 41 Comments

  1. Charu Goyal

    That park is so so beautiful! I would love to be there right now ?

    1. Indeed! Thank you for reading! I hope soon you will be able to visit it and we all will be able to travel. 🙂

  2. lensofjen17

    Wow, what a great find! Best hidden gems…hmmm….I’m going to go with Oradour-sur-Glane near Limoges in France. It’s super dark as it’s the site of a horrible massacre during WWII but it’s so necessary. A day-trip from the Loire Valley and just an incredible experience as the little town is preserved exactly as it was left on that dark day in 1944. For some reason, few people know of it, but they should.

    Thanks for the great post!

    1. I also love finding them, they are telling much deeper stories, they are more peaceful…
      Thank you for sharing this with us! I’ve seen some photos and I will dig more as you got me very interested now!

      Very welcome!

      Thank you for reading!

  3. Amy

    Such an informative post! I loved looking at all the photos ?

  4. lostwithjen

    Ahh this looks so pretty! I’d never heard of this place but definitely adding it to my list now ? thanks for sharing!

  5. olyboly92

    This park is beautiful. Glad I am just 1 hour away!! I should plan a visit when I’m off of work! What is the app called? I might need it . 🙂

    1. Definitely! I am glad I helped you discover it. This time seems perfect because many flowers will be open and still blooming. (it’s still spring)

      Here below is the link from where you can download the app. Thanks for asking, I will include it in my post so it’s easier for people to find. 🙂
      Enjoy your time in this fairytale park!

      https://thijssepark.nl/ontdek-het-park/

  6. Madeline

    I love Amsterdam! I’ll have to save this for next time I visit 🙂

  7. Alma

    I would love walking through those gardens!

  8. Francesca

    This park is so beautiful and peaceful! I would love to just sit and read a book there.

    1. Thank you dear Francesca! Indeed. I hope you will have a chance to do it. I am a huge book lover too. 🙂

  9. Michelle

    Wow! These parks look stunning. I love visiting parks like this while in a big city. They are such a nice escape from the hustle and bustle.

  10. Ahh, I was in Amsterdam a few years ago and wish I had known about this charming little spot! Will have to check it out during my visit 🙂

    1. Definitely add it to your list for the next time. Thank you for reading! 🙂

  11. Ahh, I was in Amsterdam a few years ago and wish I had known about this charming little spot! Will have to check it out next time I visit 🙂

  12. Curls en Route

    This is beautiful! Too bad I didn’t know about this place when I visited Amsterdam 🙁

    1. Save it for the next time! Amsterdam is a must place and so many things to explore at least 10 times! 🙂

  13. Urban Wanders

    I had no idea such a beautiful park was near Amsterdam! I guess I have to go back now 😀

    1. Indeed! trust me, even after 20th time in Amsterdam, you will still have a lot to explore! 🙂

  14. Ashley

    Lovely! My husband is from the Netherlands—lots of fun places to explore there.

  15. travelonthereg

    Love this! I can’t believe we haven’t been to Amsterdam yet. I didn’t even know it was so green! Saving this, hopefully for travel in the near future.

    1. Indeed! Thank you for reading! 🙂 We will be able to travel, if not this year, next. 🙂

  16. DOLLED UP BY J

    Wow this truly is a magical place! So cool that it even has an app. Love your shoes by the way 🙂

  17. Sue Berk Koch

    What lovely photos! If I get to Amsterdam, I’ll find that park. Thanks!

  18. Deer Traveler

    So beautiful places! We love the Netherlands but have not been to these hidden gems yet! 🙂 saving this post for a future trip

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