Amsterdam hosts two public art walks worth savouring this summer.

By Jane Szita
June 22, 2015
Amsterdam's Summer ArtWalks
Credit: ArtZuid/Georg Heorld

Summer in the Amsterdam means you don’t have to be confined to a museum to get your art fix. If the sun is shining, head outside and take in some culture for free—along with some fresh air and exercise—on one of the city’s two most popular seasonal art routes. On view only during the warm-weather months, it’s worth planning a visit now.

Art Zuid

The leafy southern suburb of the city’s well-heeled Amsterdam Zuid is transformed into an open-air art gallery when Art Zuid takes over a 1.5-mile stretch of its wide, green boulevards. There are monumental works by Mimo Paladino, KAWS, Georg Baselitz, Tony Cragg and others—though pride of place goes to Jaume Plensa’s giant head. It’s a beautifully and surreally distorted piece that invites you to circle it more than once, marvelling at how the artist managed to make it. Optional guided tours for $23 can be purchased here. On view until September 22.

Get Lost

Also in the south of town, heading from the Beatrix Park towards the burgeoning Zuidas business district, this edgier route invites you to Get Lost (in the best possible way) while pondering the outdoor works of young and promising Dutch artists. It’s the first time for this newcomer, which showcases artwork from eight emerging artists. Along with various events throughout the summer celebrating the show, there’s an audio companion to enhance the experience that you can download here. Remember to bring your headphones. On view until September 25.

Jane Szita is on the Netherlands beat for Travel + Leisure. She lives in Amsterdam.