European Parks are an important venue of entertainment for the people of this continent. Depending the season they all offer great opportunities for leisure activities and the delight of adults and children.
All main cities have their parks. Here we made a list of the most famous ones.
Parc Guell in the higher part of Barcelona Spain
It is one of the most visited places in this marvelous city, located on the upper part of Barcelona in the area of Gracia on the Hill of El Carmel, with great views of the city and the Mediterranean.
In Catalan, Parc Guell was designed by famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi during the years 1900 to 1914. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has an extension of 0.18 km², making one of the largest in southern Europe.
Parque del Retiro in the Capital of Spain, Madrid
Called in Spanish “El Parque del Buen Retiro” or plain “El Retiro”. It is located in the center of Madrid and may be quiet crowded during weekends, when many families gather for a stroll or reunion and many musicians, street performers, jugglers, sidewalk painters and fortune tellers enliven the atmosphere.
The park was originally built by King Felipe IV in 1632 as a retreat for the Royal Family. Then it was far from the city center. Now the city has completely surrounded the park
It is a 1.4 km² very close to the “Puerta de Alcala” and the Prado Museum. It is by far one of Madrid’s main attractions.
Luxembourg Gardens on a sunny day in Paris
With a great location between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, this park was created under the auspices of Queen Marie de Medici in the year 1612.
It is divided into the French Gardens and the English Gardens divided by a large pond and a geometric forest.
It features a collection of breathtaking orchids and a rose garden. The garden has 106 statues spread throughout the park, the monumental Medici fountain, the Orangerie and the Pavillon Davioud.
In French called Le Jardin du Luxembourg, is the second largest park in Paris, the Capital of France.
English Garden on a winter evening in Munich
In German “The Englische Garten” in one of the largest city parks in the world, even larger than New York’s Central Park, with its 3.7 Sq Km in size.
It all started in 1789 under the design of Briton Benjamin Thompson, who gave it a layout of an English country park.
Located in the center of the city of Munich it offers an array of leisure activities such as amateur soccer and distance running.
The Japanese teahouse is one of the features, built on and artificial island on the Schwabinger stream.
Vigeland Park the # 1 attraction in Oslo
This is largest sculpture park in the world and one of the most popular attractions in Norway.
It is Gustav Vigeland’s lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and iron. The park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949 in the city of Oslo, the Capital of Norway.
Stephen's Park in Dublin the Capital of Ireland
This is the city public park of Dublin, the Capital of Ireland. This park designed by William Sheppard, was inaugurated in July 1880.
It is adjacent to Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s main shopping streets.
Vondelpark in Amsterdam liked by visitors and locals
This is the most famous park in the Netherlands, which welcomes about 10 million visitors every year.
It is located near the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Van Gogh Museum. It is loved by locals and visitors alike that enjoy a sunny day, dog-walking, jogging, roller-skating, listening to music, people-watching, or just lazing about in grass.
You may enjoy a free concert given at the open air theater.
Inaugurated in 1865 it was designed by architect Jan David Zocher and called its name when a statue of Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel was brought into the park.
St James Park in London is a Royal Garden for all
It is located in the City of Westminster in central London. The park is bounded by Birdcage in the south, Horse Guards to the East, the Mall and St james Palace to the north and Buckingham Palace to the west.
This park features a small a small lake called St James Park Lake with two islands home to pelicans that have made it their home since they wer brought by the Russian Ambassador in 1664.
This park is part of a complex of parks such as Hyde Park, Green Park and Kensington Gardens in the Capital of England.
The city of Nice as seen from Castle Hill Park
It is called in French “Colline du Château”. It is a great spot to take the kids for a day of fun and picnics.
Climb the 300 feet of stairs to get an impressive view of Nice and the “Baie des Anges” or Bay of Angles. If you don’t want to climb you may take a lift that will save you 75 percent of the effort.
For more information on European Parks Visit National Geographic
Sempione Park in Milan with a view of the Arch of Peace
It was designed in the late 19th century by architect Emilio Alemagna, and restored recently in 2003.
It was designed to accommodate panoramic views of the Peace Arch and Sforza Castle.
It features an aquarium and a civic arena for sporting events. It is surrounded by many trees and shrubs and a statue of napoleon III.
Climb the Torre Branca of 365 feet and get a great view of the city and on a clear day even the Alps.
credits for images for european parks
english park by Bbb
guell by bj schoenmaker
retiro by onanymous
luxembours by david mc spadden
st yames by yair haklai
vodelpark by david from amsterdam
st stepehn by jh janssen
castle hill by mccaela
sempione by dzhngava
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