By Griffin Smith
When people picture Europe it is typically the grandiose, centuries old cathedrals, the museums bursting with paintings and sculptures by master artists, or worn cobbled streets glowing as the sun goes down over the city. Although Europe is filled with man-made beauty it is also worth taking the time to explore the glorious natural beauty that covers the land. Parks are a great compromise for travelers who want to experience the man-made while also getting a breath of fresh air and enjoying nature. Within the bustling cities but away from the stuffy museums, parks act as oases for weary travelers who need to refresh their batteries by strolling under the trees or lying in the sun. Here is our list of the top 10 most beautiful parks in Europe for those looking to get in touch with nature:
1. Luxembourg garden in Paris: Admire the impressive sculptures, ride the merry-go-rounds and ponies, watch puppet shows, or enjoy a game of tennis.
2. If London’s on your this year’s summer travel plan, rent a boat and enjoy the scenery of Regent’s park from the lake.
3. The Tuileries Garden, Paris: Conveniently located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde, it has become a popular meeting place for both locals and tourists.
4. St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin: Adjacent to one of Dublin’s main shopping streets, Grafton Street, this is one of the largest parks in Dublin.
5. Vondelpark, Amsterdam: The largest park in Amsterdam, Vondelpark draws in all kind of people with its many attractions including an open-air theater, a film museum, a large playground, and a rose garden.
6. Turia Gardens, Valencia: Join the locals in a spirited football match or just melt into that sun-kissed bench by the river in this idyllic park.
7. Parco Sempione, Milan: This park was designed in the late 19th century to accommodate panoramic views of Peace Arch and Sforza Castle. Come here for a picnic with friends on a beautiful summer day.