10. Monsanto Forest Park, Lisbon, Portugal
Monsanto Forest Park is a protected forest in Lisbon’s Western areas and is one of the largest green city parks in Europe, with almost 1000 ha. The park, often considered “the lung” of this thriving city, was created by an enormous conservation effort on the formerly barren Monsanto Hills and today it offers great opportunities for hiking, biking, and marveling at the stunning views of the bay in the distance.
9. Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland
Dublin’s Phoenix Park at 707 hectares is a historic landscape of international importance and one of the largest designed landscapes in any European city. It was originally established as a Royal deer park in the 17th century, but today it boasts the residence of the Irish President, a medieval castle, the Dublin Zoo, and a diversity of gardens and monuments.
8. Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney, Australia
Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens runs along the eastern edge of the central business district and the northern end of the park just so happens to overlook Sydney Harbor, offering spectacular views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera House. In addition to world-class views, the gardens also offers a diversity of some of the most beautiful flora and fauna Australia has to offer.
7. Griffith Park, Los Angeles, USA
Griffith Park in LA is one of the largest and most diverse urban parks in the world (at 1700 ha). This often overlooked LA attraction cannot rival many of the other city parks on this list in terms of landscaped beauty, instead it this wild and unkempt park offers a multitude of enjoyable activities and world-famous landmarks, including; the Autry Center, the Hollywood sign, the Griffith Observatory, the historic Greek Theatre, the LA Zoo, and stunning views of the sprawling metropolis that is Los Angeles.
6. Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
Stretching from the Brandenburg Gate in the east to Zoo Station in the west, Berlin’s Tiergarten is one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful inner-city parks. Originally conceived as a hunting ground for Prussian kings, the Tiergarten is today transformed into a bustling park that homes the excellent Berlin Zoo, the Victory Column monument, the Bellevue Palace, and several picturesque lakes and walking paths.
5. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, USA
Designed as a replica of New York’s Central Park (look a bit further down in the list), this 405ha park attracts 13 million visitors a year (making it one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions). The park offers a wealth of intriguing attractions that keeps visitors coming back for more; the beautiful Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden, De Young Museum, the Academy of Sciences, the Conservatory of Flowers, a Bison paddock, a couple of lakes, and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge.
4. Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo’s Ueno Park is revered as the primary destination for rest, relaxation and recreation in the massive capital of Japan. Replete with Shinto shrines, a rental boat lake, a lotus pond, and home to the city zoo, the National Science Museum, the Tokyo National Museum and the Museum of Western Art, Ueno Park is the ideal getaway from the chaos of the city streets surrounding it. The park truly comes to life with its complete natural beauty as hundreds of cherry trees blossom in April of every year.
3. Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain
The whimsical architect Antonin Gaudi’s works are present throughout Barcelona, yet it is his park, Parc Guell, that provides one of his most enduring and beloved legacies to locals and tourists alike. Parc Guell is surely smaller than most other parks on this list, but it makes up for it in uniqueness, hipness, and beauty. This unusual city park blends colorful mosaics, biomorphic sculptural elements, stunning natural beauty, and unrivaled views across the city all the way to the Mediterranean beaches.
2. Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada
Stanley Park is the true heart of Vancouver, emblematic of local’s passion for the outdoor and epitomizing the rugged natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest as dense forest and untamed ocean collide. Scenic paved pathways throughout the park allow for walking, jogging, rollerblading, or cycling along beautiful gardens, native totem poles at Brockton Point, Pacific Ocean beaches, and Vancouver Aquarium.
1. Central Park, New York City, USA
New York City’s Central Park is the city park by which all other city parks are judged by. The first purpose-built public park in North America (1856) is located in uptown Manhattan, nestled amongst skyscrapers and some of the priciest real estate in the world. Today, this emerald oasis provides a welcome tranquility away from the noisy and chaotic streets of the city, and allows visitors to view the romantic Bethseda Fountain, the mysterious Belvedere Castle, the lively Delacorte Theater, restored carousels, street performers, lakes, and the world-famous New York City Zoo.
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