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Parc des Buttes Chaumont
The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is a public park situated in northeast of Paris, in the 19th arrondissement. Occupying 24.7 hectares (61 acres), it is the fifth-largest park in Paris, after the Bois de Vincennes, the Bois de Boulogne, the Parc de la Villette, and the Tuileries Garden. It was opened in 1867, late in the regime of Emperor Napoleon III, and was built by Jean-Charles Alphand, who created all the major parks of Napoleon III. The park has 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles) of roads and 2.2 kilometres (1.4 miles) of paths. The most famous feature of the park is the Temple de la Sibylle, inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Italy, perched at the top of a cliff fifty metres above the waters of the artificial lake. (©CC). Opening hours: Summer: from 7am to 11pm / Winter: from 7am to 8pm. Address: 1 rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris (Metro : 7, stop at Buttes Chaumont)
El Retiro park Madrid - Spain
El Retiro Park is part of the city´s historical heritage and botanical patrimony inherited from past centuries. Once a recreation area for the Royal Family, it has become a very popular park and is central to the city´s image. The second part of the route takes us on a tour of the Buen Retiro Park. The first mention ever of this park goes back to the era of the Catholic Kings (‘Reyes Católicos’, who were Spain’s first kings after the Reconquest’s unification of all Spanish Provinces). Founders of the Jerónimos Monastery (Monasterio de los Jerónimos), a part of them were used as royal lodgings, called ‘the Quarters’, which made this area into the temporary royal household. Under Felipe II it became a place for taking a break from the court life. (©esmadrid.com). Opening hours: Winter : 7am to 11pm / Summer: 7am to midnight. Address: Parque del Buen Retiro 28009 Madrid (Metro line 2 Retiro Station).
Hyde Park London - England
Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Hyde Park, one of the capital's eight Royal Parks. Hyde Park covers 350 acres and is home to a number of famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers' Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. The park also offers various recreational activities including open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding. (©royalparks.org.uk). Opening hours: 5 am until midnight. Address: Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH (Metro: Knightsbridge Tube Station)
Park Masksimir Zagreb - Croatia
Park Maksimir, which was originally formed on the outskirts of Zagreb at the end of 18 th and the first half of 19 th century, today is completely surrounded with town settlements. In this new surrounding Park Maksimir still represents a shelter for many plant and animal species, despite its small area of only 316 ha. Its value for the protection of endangered species connected to old hollows is significant because of preserved hundred-year-old oak forests. In Park Maksimir more than one hundred bird species are recorded. Besides forests, in Park Maksimir we can find meadows, lakes and streams, which also represent important habitats for various plants and animal, and in that way contribute to its biological diversity. (©park-maksimir.hr). Opening hours: from 9am to 8pm (Summer) and 4pm (winter). Address: Maksimirski perivoj bb, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia. HOTELS IN ZAGREB
Villa Borghese Rome - Italy
Villa Borghese is a large landscape garden in the naturalistic English manner in Rome, containing a number of buildings, museums and attractions. It is the third largest public park in Rome (80 hectares or 148 acres) after the ones of the Villa Doria Pamphili and Villa Ada. The gardens were developed for the Villa Borghese Pinciana ("Borghese villa on the Pincian Hill"), built by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, developing sketches by Scipione Borghese, who used it as a villa suburbana, a party villa, at the edge of Rome, and to house his art collection. The gardens as they are now were remade in the early nineteenth century. (©CC). Opening hours: from dawn to dusk. Address: Piazzale Flaminio, 00155 Rome, Italy.
Englischer Garten Munich - Germany
"The Englische Garten" (“English Garden”) is one of the largest urban parks in the world. The layout has undergone constant change throughout the centuries as new buildings and green spaces were added time and again. It all started in 1789 when Elector Carl Theodor ordered that a public park be established along the Isar River. He put the project in the hands of the Briton Benjamin Thompson, who worked at the time for the Bavarian Army. The park was given the name Englische Garten because it was laid out in the style of an English country park. (©muenchen.de). Opening hours: 24 hours a day. Address: Englischer Garten 2, 80538 Munich. Metro: Station Marienplatz
Tiergarten Park Berlin - Germany
What Central Park is to New Yorkers and Hyde Park to Londoners, the same holds true in regard to what Tiergarten - the green lung of the metropolis- represents to Berliners. Located in the centre of Berlin, next to attractions such as the Brandenburg Gate, it is even larger than the 210 hectares of Hyde Park. At the end of the 17th century, Elector Friedrich III created from a former hunting preserve a "pleasure park for the people." Over the course of time, the park was redesigned according to several models – including a plan created by the famous landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné who transformed Tierpark between 1833 and 1838 into an English style park. (©visitberlin.de). Opening hours: Open every day, from dawn to dusk. Address: Straße des 17. Juni 100, 10557 Berlin.
Phoenix Park Dublin - Ireland
The Phoenix Park at 707 hectares (1752 acres) is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. The Phoenix Park was established in 1662 by one of Ireland’s most illustrious viceroys, James Butler, Duke of Ormond, on behalf of King Charles II. Conceived as a Royal deer park, it originally included the demesne of Kilmainham Priory south of the River Liffey, but with the building of the Royal Hospital at Kilmainham, which commenced in 1680, the Park was reduced to its present size, all of which is now north of the river. (©phoenixpark.ie). Opening hours: open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, from 7am until 11pm. Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
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