Written by Valentina Romano
Living in the city could have several advantages. Everything is close by, supermarket, shops and restaurants; your office is probably not too far from you either; and you could have any form of entertainment at your fingertips. However, there is one thing that metropolises do not have and cannot offer, and that is NATURE.
Since the Renaissance cities have been developing the so-called “urban parks”, which are patches of greenery situated, most of the time, in the city centres. Thanks to those urban parks, people have been able to enjoy some relaxing moments immersed in nature.
Today, almost every urban centre of the world presents a park where citizens can take a brake from the frantically city life and can be immersed in the peace and tranquillity of nature—even thou they are right in the heart of a metropolis.
I bet most of you have been, or at least heard of Central Park in New York, well that is a clear example of a urban park.
For those of you who would like to relax and let yourself go to the peace and tranquillity of green surroundings, The Golden Scope prepared a list of the most beautiful urban parks of the world.
Central Park, New York City
Opened in 1857, Central Park spans 315 hectares of city-owned land. This park has been considered a National Historic Landmark since 1962. Central Park is located right next to the famous Fifth Avenue.
Bois de Boulogne, Paris
This is one of the largest public parks positioned in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. It was created between 1852 and 1858 during the reign of the Emperor Louis Napoleon, and it covers an area of 845 hectares, which means that this park is twice bigger than Central Park.
Chapultepec, Mexico City
Chapultepec is renowned all over the world for being one of the largest urban parks in the Western Hemisphere. This 686-hectare park can be dated back to the Battle of Chapultepec in 1847. Since then the park has doubled its size until today Chapultepec features long jogging tracks, and large tree plantations.
Englischer Garten, Munich
The Englischer Garten, which translated in English means ‘English garden’, stretches from the city centre to the northeastern city suburbs. Created in 1789 by Sir Benjamin Thompson this park measures 370 hectares. It was given the name of ‘English Garden’ because of the style of gardening, which resembles to the English informal landscape gardening, a popular gardening style of the 18th century.
(All the photos are taken from Google.com, and all belong to their original owners)