Looking for an escape from the frantic pace of the city? Then head to one of the best parks in the world to reconnect with nature at its very best.
Lumpini Park – Bangkok
Lumphini Park is the green lung of Bangkok and provides a much-needed escape from the restless heat and chaos of the city. The park was originally constructed in the 1920s on royal ground and is now one of the city’s premier recreational localities. It is Popular with morning and evening joggers and also hosts a library, gym and swimming pool. From a visitors perspective, the most captivating facet of the park is are the giant lizards which roam freely – some of them up to two meters long.
High Line – New York
This elevated park on the Western side of Manhattan was constructed in 2009. A wonderful reimagining of public space and how it can be used on an overpopulated plane – it has proven to be an inspiration to architects all around the world. It runs for an impressive 2.3km and is built on a disused section of the New York Central Railroad. It spans a significant part of lower Manhattan running from just below 14th Street to 34th Street – the majority of the line runs through the Meat Packing District and the fashionable Chelsea.
Hampstead Heath – London
Hampstead Heath is a large ancient park known for its vast woodland areas, lakes and stunning vistas over central London. The heath is known for its rambling topography and is popular with joggers, dog walkers and those looking for something a little more frisky! Parliament Hill has been the setting for many film scenes and the views over London are simply stunning. On a clear day, you can spot a range of London landmarks including Big Ben, Tower 42 and the London Eye.
Stanley Park – Vancouver
In downtown Vancouver is one of the world’s most stunning urban outdoor spaces, Stanley Park. Once the location of the indigenous populations, it is famed for being formed naturally and through human construction like many other urban spaces. It has an interesting history as a landing point for European colonisers and is surrounded almost entirely by water making it a truly unique park. Today the vast area is one of Vancouver’s premier leisure spots and boasts a wide array of features ranging from lakes to a miniature railway.
Tiergarten – Berlin
This huge inner-city park covering 520 acres and is the third-largest urban area in Germany and Templehof and the English Garden in Munich. Throughout the 17th and 18th Centuries, the park was developed into a personal hunting ground for the Prussian King. However, Frederick Wilhelm I’s son was not a keen hunter and thus decided to develop the park into a public space. The focus of the park today is the Victory Column which was erected to celebrate the Prussian Victory in the war with Denmark. The main thoroughfare through the centre of the park is the primary central road connecting East and West Berlin and links the districts of Mitte and Charlottenburg. The extensive ground is ideal for bike riding, picnics and walking and there are plenty of statues where you can learn a little about the history of Germany.
Guell Park – Barcelona
Guell Park is, in reality, more of an urban space than it is strictly a park, none the less it is one of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions and a fantastic urban leisure area. Designed by the famed architect Antonio Gaudi, the park emanates his distinct style. Officially known as a municipal garden, the space consists of the Gaudi House Museum and several impressive artistic tiles on the terraces around the area. Perched atop Camel Hill, one of many in Barcelona, the park offers impressive vistas across the city where you can kick back with a beer and take in the views under the Mediterranean sunshine.
Hibiya Park – Tokyo
Tokyo’s most prominent park, Hibiya, is valued incredibly highly by the city. The Japanese are famed for their love of flowers and topiaries and this space emanates beauty – you can see the care and love which has gone into the curation of this park. Hibiya is known for its stunning outdoor concert venue and also for its proximity to the business district providing much-needed rest bite from the surrounding streets of busy Tokyo.