Anyone who spends time in a big city knows that every so often an escape is necessary. A good city park is a quick and easy break from the fast-paced stress of a busy metropolis, even if it's only for a quick walk in the morning or an hour in the afternoon after exploring a new city. Some parks focus on nature and open green spaces, and others put more of an emphasis on art, history, and culture. Either way, they're a much-needed break from the urban jungle.


01Englischer Garten, Munich

Englischer Garten, or the English Garden, is located in Munich and is one of the largest city parks in Europe. Large oak and maples cover the grounds; joggers, walkers, and cyclists enjoy the paths and trails that weave throughout these woods. The center of the park is home to Kleinhesseloher See, a lake with three small islands to explore. There's also an Asian-themed Biergarten from the 18th century, a small Greek temple, and a Japanese tea house next to a sweet little duck pond.

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