Germany is known for its historical significance and the ancient architecture that stands proudly throughout the country, but there are public parks all over Germany which attract locals and tourists alike.
These public parks and gardens offer the opportunity to relax on the beautifully landscaped grounds or to participate in any number of outdoor activities. Below, we’ve listed a few of the ones that you absolutely have to see on your visit to Germany. Amazing trees, beautiful gardens and great water ponds are a few of the things you will encounter at the parks.
- Englischer Garten, Munich.
Not just one of Germany’s largest parks, this one ranks as one of the largest in Europe as well. People gather by the hundreds each day to walk along quiet paths, bask in the sun or play in the water. A Chinese Pagoda within the boundaries of the park also houses a beer garden, and a Japanese Teahouse is nearby as well.
Comparable to Central Park, Englischer Garten is where everyone goes to enjoy the outdoors, even within the borders of such a large city.
- Mainau Island, Lake Constance
The water of Lake Constance is a shimmery emerald green, enough of a sight to behold all on its own. When you combine this stunning view with the flower gardens, butterfly house, rose garden and arboretum, you’ll see that Mainau Island is a true nature lover’s dream come true.
The climate at Mainau Island is so diverse that you’ll see a wide range of tropical and subtropical plants everywhere you go and no matter what time of year you visit, including nearly a million tulips which bloom in the late spring. There are several different displays of flowers within different gardens throughout the park.
You’ll also see sculptures made of metal and ones made of more surprising materials: flowers. Several traditional and flower sculptures reside within Mainau Island public park.
- Sanssouci Park, Potsdam
Frederic the Great was the first German to see the beauty in this lovely park, and it has been cultivated as a public park for many years now in remembrance of his life and influence on the country. The palace there and the park that surrounds it are, together, a World Heritage Site.
The park itself was crafted in the style of Versailles in France, and visitors can enjoy seeing palaces, windmills, fountains, statues and churches, not to mention the lush gardens on the grounds. When visiting this amazing public park, you may only be sorry that you don’t have more time to explore each and every structure on the property.
- Tiergarten, Berlin
Right in the middle of bustling Berlin, you’ll find Tiergarten. Monuments and open-air restaurants dot this little park in the middle of such a huge metropolis. The king once used this area for his private hunting grounds, but now it is open to the public for picnics, walking, skating or enjoying a one-of-a-kind view of the city.
There is a Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe located in the park, as well as the ‘House of the World’s Cultures – an art and culture museum – and the always-interesting Museum for Film and Television.