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A Guide to Europe’s Largest Urban Parks


A Guide to Europe’s Largest Urban Parks

To commemorate the continent and its people, you should consider spending time in some of Europe’s urban parks.

Europe has a history that is truly amazing. It is a place where every inch of soil has a story to tell and where each patch of land has witnessed huge shifts of reigning ideologies, monarchies, and numerous power transfers. To commemorate the continent and its people, you should consider spending time in some of Europe’s urban parks. These are perfect spots to enjoy a Sunday morning walk, a lazy afternoon people-watching, and much more. Read on to learn more!

Buttes Chaumont in Paris

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is the fifth-biggest park in Paris. It was created in 1897, and the park’s most notable feature is the Temple de la Sibylle, which is a temple perched at the top of a 50-meter hilltop, right at the head of a sandstone cliff, which is enclosed by a circular lake and overlooking Paris. The park’s land was picked by the then Prefect of Paris Baron Haussmann as the location of the new public park. Based on old quarries that supplied Paris with limestone, the hill has been called “Chauve-mont” or bare hill for quite some time.

Park Guell in Barcelona

Located on the Northern west face of central Barcelona, Park Guell is a magnificent urban park. It was designed by Catalonian modernist architect Antonio Gaudi, who officially opened it to the public in 1926 and in 1984 UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. The park was created during the time period of Gaudi’s naturalist phase, where he predominantly gained inspiration from organic shapes and other natural elements. The park is the brainchild of the Art Nouveau genius, where Gaudi experimented and also furthered his style, later resulting in the creation of the Sagrada Familia.

Keukenhof in the Netherlands

Keukenhof, translated from the Dutch meaning “Kitchen garden,” otherwise known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s biggest flower gardens. It is located in South West Netherlands, and the park is covered with 7 million flower bulbs that are planted and replanted every year. The park is open annually from mid-March into mid-May, but the best time to visit is during April when the flowers are in full bloom.

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