A 5-minute stroll from the Van Gogh down Van Baerlestraat (head down to P.C. Hooftstraat to gawp at the expensive stores) brings you to Amsterdam’s biggest, greenest public park, providing 44 hectares (109 acres) of peace and quiet. This is a cherished open space crammed with trees, lawns, lakes, and bridges criss-crossed with walking, biking, and jogging tracks, although as usual cyclists take precedence, so watch your step. Summer sees the lakeside restaurants filling up and open-air festivals and concerts .