Amstelveen's Botanical Gardens

Islands of greenery in the city

      The beautiful community botanical gardens of Amstelveen are famous nationally and internationally. The parks are definitely most impressive in the spring, but they are still worth a visit in other seasons. Hunt for Bog Asphodel, Bog Pimpernel, Leafy Spurge, Water Soldier, Greater Celandine or any of the hundreds of other rare plant species. Come and enjoy peace and nature in Amstelveen's picturesque community botanical gardens.

Dr. Jac. P. Thijssepark

Paths wind their way between trees, shrubs and patches of herbs to open spaces. The ground has been raised and lowered in different places to create spaces for plants for both dry and moist habitats. The dynamics of the different 'garden rooms' are impressive. The herbs and plants do not remain fixed in place but spread by natural means.

Discover The Thijssepark

Conceived and created in Amstelveen - The history of the botanical gardens

The Dr. Jac. P. Thijssepark and De Braak were designed by Chris Broerse. Just before the Second World War, as director of the public garden service, he conceived the plan to turn the old moor lake De Braak into a park. Broerse was a big fan of Dutch plant species. Together with Koos Landwehr, the manager of a plant nursery, he developed a plan to use only ‘native’ Dutch plants. Because there was no Dutch name for this kind of park, Broerse invented the term 'heempark', which roughly translates as ‘habitat park’.

A few years after De Braak, Broerse and Landwehr also designed the Dr. Jac. P. Thijssepark. They did not imitate nature, but created new landscapes with a scenic character. The parks reflect the expertise and beauty of current Dutch landscapes. The Dr. Jac. P. Thijssepark consists of several 'garden rooms', each with its own character. De Braak, with its wide views, is much more open. Both parks were granted national monument status in 2011.

De Braak

The oldest botanic garden or ‘heempark’ in Amstelveen. Designed in 1939, De Braak was at the cradle of the unique Amstelveen heempark tradition. A walk over the wooden bridges around the large pond will take you past moors, reed beds and colourful habitats and views.

Discover De Braak