In the midst of an urban jungle, sometimes you need to find a retreat. With even more incredible urban parks sprouting up across the world, visitors can explore old-world architecture, lush green meadows or simply take in exquisite gardens - the choice is yours.
Some parks are major attractions in their own right and offer more than a place to relax. From a colourful architectural mecca in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, these destinations give new meaning to the words “urban oasis.”
Fancy a slice of inner-city heaven? Take a look at some of the world's most beautiful inner city parks.
Park Güell is located in Catalonia, Spain, and is a public park system composed of architectonic elements. The park reflects the work of Antoni Gaudi in the first decade of the 20th century. During this period, the architect perfected his personal style through inspiration from organic shapes and put into practice a series of new structural solutions rooted in the analysis of geometry.
Griffith Park, Los Angeles, United States
This huge city park is located in the mountains of Santa Monica and covers more than 4,000 acres. The park includes the Los Angeles Zoo, the Griffith Observatory, golf courts, concert venues and hiking trails. The park offers a stunning panoramic view of the metropolitan below it and is considered one of Los Angeles’ top attractions.
Englischer Garten, Munich
The Englischer Garten, which translates to ‘The English Garden’ in Bavaria, Germany, is the largest public park in the centre of Munich. The park covers an area of 3.7 kilometres squared, stretching from the city centre to the northeastern city limits. The park came into existence in 1789 by Sir Benjamin Thompson.
Hyde Park, London, England
One of the largest parks in London, this iconic space - most famous for its Speakers’ Corner – is a stunning urban park and a vastly beautiful green space in the centre of the busy city. The Park is the largest of four parks, which form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace through other parks and flowing eventually to Buckingham Palace.
Central Park, New York City
This list wouldn’t be complete without including New York City’s Central Park. Located in the centre of Manhattan, this famous urban park was opened in 1857 and is the most visited urban park in the United States with 35 million visitors each year. The park spans over 800 acres with many beautiful features including the Belvedere Castle, the Central Park Reservoir and the Bethesda Fountain.
Located in the heart of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan and translating to ‘large street’ in Japanese, Odori Park divides the city into northern and southern sections, spanning 1.5 kilometres and covering 78,901 square metres. Both the Sapporo television tower and Sapporo Archive museum are located within its bounds.
Founded in the 17th century by the Queen of France and a member of the powerful Italian Medici family, Marie de Medici, Luxembourg Gardens is famous for its neatly manicured lawns, tree-lined promenades and blooming flowerbeds.