The Wertheimpark is a small park in the Plantagebuurt in Amsterdam. It is located at Plantage Middenlaan, Plantage Parklaan and Nieuwe Herengracht, opposite the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam. It is the only park that lies within the boundaries of the Centrum district.
The park is named after the Amsterdam Jewish entrepreneur and philantropist Abraham Carel Wertheim (1832-1897). On 14 August 1942, during the German occupation in the Second World War, a number of Amsterdam street and park names were changed by decision of mayor Edward Voûte. These were streets and parks that were named after the Dutch royal family or Jews. The Wertheimpark also got a different name. Until the end of the war in May 1945 the park was called “Park Garden”.
On the pillars next to the main entrance of the park, on the corner of the Plantage Middenlaan and Plantage Parklaan, white lanterns are sphinxed with lanterns.
In the park, which is 0.75 hectares, there is a natural stone fountain from 1898, designed by the architect Jonas Ingenohl. The edge of the fountain reads “Der poor help, the weak staff, the human friend, a gesture to life, the artist in support, the slow to rail, by city and country regretted”. A plaque shows the portrait of Wertheim.
Picnicking and reading
This small park is located along one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful canals. In fact, it is the only canal in the center where a park is right next to it. The gently sloping waterfront is the perfect place to relax. On summer days, people come here to picnic, sunbathe or read. If you just want to look a bit in front of you, you can also visit the large ships that come from the IJ, for example, they pass the Wertheimpark on the way to the Amstel. Especially during the week many pass.