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. It’s one of the oldest and hilliest parks 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.
14. Parc de la Ciutadella – Barcelona
In the mood for a very animated park experience? At Parc de la Ciutadella, there’s always something going on. Be it yoga, African drummers or bubble makers: this is where you need to be. Go grab something to eat in the Born neighborhood and pack it as a picknick. When the sun’s out, you won’t regret it for a second.
15. Sandberg – Bratislava
Do you want to combine pretty views with some greenery and history? At Sandberg, you’ve got it all. The area became protected when some fossils of prehistoric sea animals were found here. Nowadays, it’s an area with plenty of animal life (including bugs so pack that mosquito spray) and perfect for a day off from the city life. If you’re in luck, you might even be able to spot the beginning of the Alps. Although the view of Bratislava itself is already a treat for the eyes.
16. Phoenix Park – Dublin
Dublin may be one of the smallest capitals in Europe, but it hosts one of its biggest walled parks. Phoenix Park is such a nature’s paradise that even the deer have found a home here. It’s not guaranteed, but if you’re patient and lucky, you might spot them. Or be able to feed them. The best way to get around is probably by bike, whilst enjoying some of the rest of the city as well.
17. Tsaritsyno – Moscow
Park or open-air museum? Tsaritsyno definitely ticks both boxes.It hosts a palace complex, which is interesting for its architecture and the temporary or permanent exhibitions. But parks will be parks, so you can also come here to relax under the trees in the grass. Or to make a little boat ride. Or to have an ice cream. Or in the evening to watch the light show. I think you got it: there’s a lot to do and see at Tsaritsyno.
18. Bois de Boulogne
It might not have the best reputation, but Bois de Boulogne is definitely worth a visit. It’s 2.5 times bigger than one of the most famous parks in the world: Central Park in New York. It’s got some beautiful 19th century landscaping, an area dedicated to Shakespeare, and the famous Fondation Louis Vuitton. Don’t miss out on the Parc de Bagatelle when you’re here. Located off the beaten tourist tracks, we find it to be one of the most romantic places in Paris. And that says a lot in the City of Love. Peacocks, flowers, and roses set the mood.
19. Spandauer Stadtwald – Berlin
At this place, you don’t just come to look at the trees. Spandauer Stadtwald is home to some of the wild animals roaming the forests around Berlin, such as deer and wild boars. Although the animals here are not just randomly walking around, you still have the feeling that you’re no longer in a big city. The tiny rivers complete the illusion of being in the unspoilt nature. Don’t be afraid to feed the animals, it’s not just a thing for children!
20. Military Academy Park – Sofia
The Military Academy Park still is a part of the Acadamy, but they opened up to the general public. The nature, the little pavillion, the open-air theater… It’s all there, but it’s still one of the more quiet parks in Sofia. Which is why you should definitely check it out. The military history hasn’t totally vanished yet, so there are a lot of rules to be respected, but it’s worth the effort.
21. Frysja – Oslo
Although Frysja is not really a park, it definitely deserves a spot in this list. The beaches in Oslo get quite crowded on a hot summer’s day, so an escape to this quiet spot next to the river is perfect. Whether you’re looking for a place in the grass to chill out, a barbecue spot or a refreshing dip in the water, Frysja’s got it all. You can either take the bus to get there or make the 8 km walk – depending on whether or not you’re feeling sporty that day.
22. Kivernio – Thessaloniki
Known as Palataki amongst locals, Kivernio has one of the best views of the entire city. The Palataki building itself is an example of neo-classical architecture and it has been abandoned for quite some time now. You can approach the through the adjacent park or woods, but the actual property is only open during events. Nevertheless, enjoy the grass, the sea, the sun, and the views from here. The perfect spot to watch a romantic sunset.
23. Parco delle Rimembranze – Venice
Located far from all the tourist crowds, Parco delle Rimembranze is the green that’s lacking in the city center. It’s not the kind of place you have in mind when thinking of Venice. But that’s the beauty of it. The views from the park are breathtaking – just look at the Lido for example. Between the pine trees there’s room for reading, picknicking, working out, sleeping… And the best of it all: you’re really amongst locals.
24. Park Maksimir – Zagreb
You know that one place in your city of which everyone has at least one memory? That’s Park Maksimir in Zagreb. It opened in the 18th century, making it the first of the public parks in southeast Europe. What’s so special about the place you ask? Well, it’s got a lot of hidden gems inside its borders. Lakes, streams, chapels, and coffee places are just a start. If you’re in need of some peaceful nature, this is where you should go.
25. The Memorial Park Vraca – Sarajevo
Not all parks should just be about having fun. This park truly has a historical meaning to it. The Memorial Park Vraca is dedicated to the World War II victims in Sarajevo. Several monuments throughout the park remind the visitor of this meaning, making it a humbling experience. The park suffered a lot during the war in Bosnia and it never really got restored, so pay attention whilst making your way around it.
What’s your favorite park in Europe?