The Vondelbunker is actually (my claim) the most hidden spot in Amsterdam. Even more hidden because its location is right there in the middle of everything, even there where many, many tourists would pass by: right in the Vondelpark, right under the bridge. Let’s say, you are coming from the West, heading towards the bridge crossing the Vondelpark. Take the first stairs down on the left hand side, then turn back (left). There in the foundation of the bridge is a little door. That’s it. When it’s open, you are lucky, give it a try.
What you can find here is a basement concert of young underground bands. Or an art event. An exhibition… Usually they don’t ask for an entry fee, so just check in if you happen to walk by and you find the door open.
The bunker has a long history in the Amsterdam alternative scene. In 1968 it opened its doors as “Beatkelder lijn3″ to the International hippie community who had claimed Amsterdam’s Vondelpark as one of their favorite spots. A center for music, hippie culture, creativity and activism it was back then, as it will be again in a contemporary form now. Not so much hippies though, still activism, still alternative culture.
Above band “Mannheim” was part of the “Sounds of the Underground” Festival – very cool – hardcore trash with saxophone instead of vocals.
For information on events.
There are more events but information is sparse. Just see if they are open.