The 16 Largest Urban Parks in Europe

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Europe offers a wide variety of landscapes: among them, urban parks undoubtedly play an important role, from Spain to France, from the UK to Italy, for some cities, they are a real green lung and a reference point for relaxation, shelter from stress, sports and free moments to spend alone or with friends. Read on to discover the ranking of the 16 largest urban parks in Europe.

16 - Englischer Garten, 566.6 hectares

Where it is: Munich, Germany

Open 24 hours a day, this park is one of the largest in Germany and in Europe. Built in 1789 Based on an idea by Carl Theodor, the project was commissioned to the Englishman Benjamin Thompson, and the name derives from the fact that the park was made in English style. Over the years, the Englischer Garten has been further expanded with new buildings and new green spaces.

15 - Prater, 607 hectares

Where: Vienna, Austria
The Prater is the largest urban park in Vienna, and also includes the entertainment area with the famous Ferris wheel. Its origins are very old: during the 16th century the Prater was used as a hunting ground, and in 1873 it becamea universal exhibition.

14 - Silesian Park, 620 hectares

Where it is: Chorzów - Poland

The Silesian Park was created in 1950 on the initiative of local political figure Jerzy Zietek, with the aim of restoring a large part of the territory devastated by industry in the middle of a highly urbanized area. The park also includes the Silesian Stadium, a planetarium, a zoological garden, an ethnographic museum and an amusement park.

13 - Manzanares Linear Park, 649.9 hectares (649.9 hectares)

Where it is: Madrid, Spain

Great natural area and archaeological basin of Madrid, the park consists of 3 main sections: Area 1, urbanized and managed by the Madrid City Council; Area 2, of great historical, ecological and cultural value; Area 3, regional park, with a spectacular landscape dominated by the Manzanares River.

12 - Monza Park, 688 hectares

Where: Monza, Italy

The park, which forms a splendid outline of the Royal Palace of Monza, was established in 1805 by the will of Emperor Napoleon, who wanted to turn it into an agricultural estate and a hunting reserve. Since 1922 it has been home to the famous Autodromo Nazionale di Monza racing circuit.

11 - San Giuliano Park, 700 hectares

Where it is: Mestre - Italy

Italy again in our special ranking, this time with the San Giuliano Park located in Mestre, a few steps from Venice. It is a park located in a reclaimed area extremely important from the point of view of study of the lagoon environment. It is a reference point for sports and leisure activities for the inhabitants of the area.

10 - Phoenix Park, 712.2 hectares

Where: Dublin, Ireland

Dublin's Phoenix Park is, with its perimeter wall of more than 11 km, one of the largest recreational areas enclosed within a European capital. Founded in 1662 by an illustrious viceroy of Ireland, it includes large areas of green lawns and tree-lined avenues, and for over 4 centuries has been home to a herd of wild fallow deer.

9 - Ada Ciganlija, 799.7 hectares

Where it is: Belgrade, Serbia

Originally an island, this area has become a peninsula and is located along the Sava River in the center of Belgrade. Over the centuries, this park has been increasingly equipped to encourage recreational and sporting activities. Numerous beaches are present.

8 - Bois de Boulogne, 845.9 hectares

Where it is: Paris, France

This park was created between 1852 and 1858, during the time of Emperor Louis Napoleon. It is the second largest park in Paris and is characterized by beautiful landscapes typically English, with many lakes and waterfalls. There are also 2 botanical gardens, an amusement park, a zoo, two racecourses and a tennis stadium.

7 - Richmond Park, 955.1 hectares (955.1 acres)

Where: London, United Kingdom

Richmond Park was created during the 17th century as a deer reserve, and is still today London's premier wildlife conservation park. The park is considered a special conservation area and nature reserve.

6 - Sutton Park, 971.2 hectares (971.2 ha)

Where: Birmingham, United Kingdom

United Kingdom again, but this time we move to Birmingham: Sutton Park is a nationally recognized nature reserve. Its landscape is very varied: heathland, wet and marshy areas, seven lakes, large ancient woodlands, several restaurants, a golf course. There are areas where helicopters and radio-controlled planes are allowed to fly. The park is crossed by a railway.

5 - Bois de Vincennes, 993.9 hectares (993.9 acres)

Where: Paris, France

A public park located in the east of Paris, it is the largest city park. Built as an English garden, it is four times the size of London's Hyde Park. It was also born as a hunting reserve of the kings of France.

4 - Casa de Campo, 1,722.3 hectares

Where: Madrid, Spain
Casa de Campo is the largest public park in Madrid. Connected to Monte del Pardo, it is almost twice the size of the Bois de Vincennes but the origins were similar, as Casa de Campo was also born as a hunting reserve of the royal family. Within the park are located the zoo, the cable car, a part of the Madrid fairgrounds and some sports facilities.

3 - Lee Valley Park, 4,046.9 hectares (4,046.9 hectares)

Where: London, United Kingdom

The park follows the course of the Lee River and is more than 4 times the size of Richmond Park. It consists of a mix of rural areas, urban green spaces, heritage sites, parks, nature reserves, sports centers.

2 - Appia Antica Regional Park, 4,580 hectares

Where: Rome, Italy

Located between the center of the capital and the Alban hills, it includes the territories of the Via Appia Antica. It includes one of the most beautiful parks in Italy, namely the Park of the Aqueducts of Rome, whose name derives from the subway presence of 7 Roman and Papal aqueducts and from which it is possible to admire the Castelli Romani.

1 - Serra de Collserola, 10.999,8 hectares

Where it is: Barcelona, Spain

The Serra de Collserola is the largest urban park in Europe with 10,999.8 hectares. Here we are at the top of our ranking of the 15 largest urban parks in Europe: the first position goes to the Serra de Collserola in Spain, which is also one of the largest urban parks in the world.

There are more than 1,000 types of plants and 30 plant communities, and the fauna is also very varied: wild boars, martens, badgers, rabbits, squirrels. The park is widely used for walking, cycling, bird watching and family lunches.

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