Going for a run in… Amsterdam

I wake up at around six on Saturday morning and decide to go out for a jog before the city wakes up. From my hotel I first head in the direction of the Rijks Museum. I cross the huge square in front of the main building with its Miffy statues and then turn left towards the hotel Conservatorium. From there I turn right until eventually I find myself at the entrance to the Vondel park right in the centre of the city.

The Vondel park is very generously laid out. There are many duck ponds surrounded by lush green lawns. I even manage to sight a few bunnies. Other areas of the park have been left to look ‘natural’ with thick bushes, shrubs and tall trees. The park is excellent for running and there are dirt tracks throughout the park in case you prefer that to asphalt. The place is still fairly deserted as I run past at around 07:00. However, when I return later on for some serious people watching in the sun, the place is crawling with joggers, runners and cyclists.

The circuit you can see below was just under 6 km long.

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