There’s nothing as priceless as going to the park when the weather is great. Friends are taking a cozy stroll together, families bring the barbecue out or people are laying in the grass reading a book. Everyone loves a sunny day at the park and our Spotters are no exception.
Here is our list of 25 parks in Europe our Spotters love – in random order. Enjoy!
1. DakPark – Rotterdam
High above the rooftops in the neighborhood of Delfshaven in Rotterdam, you’ll find DakPark. It is a man-made park reaching lengths of 1200 meters. Once you reach the roof, you can get a look at the Mediterranean Herbal Garden or the communal garden – which has fruit bearing trees. The park also disposes of a playing area to keep the little ones entertained and a restaurant.
2. Millenáris Park – Budapest
On the Buda side of Budapest lies Millenáris Park. One things that makes the park unique is the wide pond right in the middle. It’s possible to cross the water, over the bridge, and observe the fish swimming underneath. Spotter Helene describes the park has having a Japanese feeling to it. It’s a park for both children and adults and a lot of families come here over the weekend.
3.Ulus Park – Istanbul
You can’t find a better view of Istanbul’s Bosphorus than from the hilltops of Ulus Park. Besides offering a stunning view, the park also has a pathway where you can take magnificent pictures of the strait. When you’ve taken enough pictures, you can have a refreshing drink at the café situated on the top of the hill. If you are looking to have nice meal in the evening, you should be sure to check out restaurant Sunset, which serves delicious high-end food.
4. Lucavsala Park – Riga
Located in Riga, Lucavsala Park is an open space, where everything fun is allowed. This place has been transformed from a deplorable site to a wonderful park, where people can come to relax and enjoy the good weather. Why not do a somersault while you eat an ice cream or even sing a song out loud? Join the crowd of happy people, take off your shoes and enjoy the sun.
5.Kelvingrove Park – Glasgow
Created for the people of Glasgow during the Industrial Revolution, Kelvingrove Park certainly is one of those parks with a bit of a historical past. Today, the park has a lot to offer, with the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery being situated on its grounds. For the more active people amongst you, the park offers a number of tennis courts and a skateboarding area. And on those cold and rainy days, you can always stop by the café for a cup of hot coffee or tea.
6. Park Skaryszewski – Warsaw
Park Skaryszewski was voted the third loveliest park in Europe. Reason enough for everyone to pay it a visit, right? Enter the park and you’re stepping into nature at its best. See if you can identify the 280 different tree species or spot a squirrel running by. There is a lake with an island as well as a number of rivers flowing through the park. Guests can also take a boat ride on the charming Oxbow lake.
7. Turkenschanzpark – Vienna
Our Spotter David describes this park as a real threat. Whenever you happen to be in Vienna, take some time out to visit the Turkenschanspark. Come here to experience a piece of perfect nature in the middle of the city. Eat an ice cream, while you listen to the birds singing over your head or even discover some new plant species. The enticing scent of the flowers in Turkenschanspark is just out of this world.
8. Greenwich Park – London
The Greenwich Park in London is where the Greenwich Meridian Time starts. The park is situated on top of a hill, which makes it perfect for sky watchers and stargazers. Guests to the park should also think of visiting The National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory. Of course, you could also just go there for a picnic or a game of a catch with your dog.
9. Bernardinu sodai – Vilnius
This park can be found in the city of Vilnius. Located right in the city center, Bernardinu sodai is a popular hangout for both locals and tourists. Spotter Kamile paints a picture of a place where you can find anything you’re looking for. A lot of people can’t imagine a week passing by without visiting this park. You can come here to relax, have fun, and surround yourself with peaceful nature.
10. Kongens Have – Copenhagen
Originally used as the king’s private garden, Kongens Have was opened to the public in the 1770s. It’s one of the most popular parks in Copenhagen and sees many visitors during the summer period. Thanks to its central location, many people stop by after work to enjoy a chill late afternoon with friends and mothers take a stroll with their children. During summer, the park is busy with events such as The Puppet Theater and Outdoor Cinema.
11. Riegrovy Sady – Prague
Riegrovy Sady is located in a very nice neighborhood of Prague, according to our Spotter Katerina. On warm days, there is a large open-air self-service bar where you can have a drink or watch a sports game. One other thing that makes this park such a cool spot, is the view you get of the city. So if you have some free time, why not do as Katerina and sit down for a couple of hours, taking in the scene.
12. Parque da Cidade – Porto
Who can resist a park at the seafront? Parque da Cidade in Porto is the largest park in Portugal and has a lot to offer in terms of what can be done at the park. You can walk, run, listen to some music, enjoy the sun… whatever your heart desires. You will also find a small forest, a farm with horses, and not to forget a fair trade shop among others. The park is used all year long and is a popular spot for runners to meet up.
13. Dudenpark – Brussels
When in Brussels, do not forget to stop by Dudenpark. The park is one of the oldest and the hilliest in the city. From the highest side of the park, you should be able to get a panoramic view of Brussels. The northern part of the park connects with the Forest Park, which forms kind of a green bridge to the industrial part of the city. Over the winter period, you might want to come here for a bit of sleighing fun.
What’s your favorite park in Europe?