Pack a picnic and visit some of Germany’s most beautiful parks
Today is the European Day of Parks. No really. This week we’ve been discovering some of Germany’s most beautiful parks, all of which are perfect for picnicking. Why not pay them a visit one weekend?
English Garden in Munich
Germany’s largest park is even bigger than New York’s famous Central Park and has so much to offer. Visit one of the traditional Bavarian beer gardens, order a drink and enjoy your picnic there. If you’re looking for a more peaceful spot, relax on the banks of one of three streams that wind their way through the park. Or hire a boot, set sail on Lake Kleinhesseloher and admire the views from the water.
Planten un’ Blomen in Hamburg
This large park at the centre of Hamburg has a special treat in store for after-work picnickers. It’s the only park in Germany to stage water-light concerts. Every evening at 10 pm the park’s fountains, bathed in an array of colours, are made to dance by a water organ. Classical music accompanies the lighting effects. This bizarre sounding spectacle is hugely popular among Hamburg’s younger generations and regarded as a retro, analogue treat. Grab a take-away from the nearby Vapiano and get there early to secure a good spot. It’s free so it can get busy in summer.
Clara Zetkin Park in Leipzig
The “Clara Park”, as it’s lovingly referred to by people in Leipzig, actually combines four of Germany’s most beautiful parks in one. There’s something for everybody here. The palm garden promises a peaceful retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle, while the “Parkbühne” is the perfect spot to unpack your picnic and enjoy an open air concert. Students head here after lectures to relax and watch the squirrels play.
Rheinpark Golzheim in Düsseldorf
Lots of German parks are close to the water, but Düsseldorf’s Rheinpark has one distinct advantage. Picnic fans who have always made do with cold pasta salad can now pop to the nearby Vapiano, order a hot dish to go and enjoy it on the banks of the river Rhine. In fact, you can order any of our Vapiano dishes as takeaways. Bring on al fresco dining this summer!
Viktoriapark in Berlin
At 66 metres, this small urban park is one of Berlin’s highest points and provides sensational views of Germany’s capital, especially when the sun sets. Once you’ve scrambled to the top and taken in the waterfall, you’ve certainly earned a hearty picnic beneath one of the lovely old trees on the meadow.
This sprawling park was created during the Baroque era and curves elegantly around Karlsruhe Palace. There are a host of idyllic picnic spots with breathtaking views of the palace’s tower. And if the setting hasn’t inspired a princely picnic, the closest Vapiano is only 800 m away. All you need now is a picnic blanket.
Planning a picnic? As well as consulting the weather forecast, remember to check if there’s a Vapiano offering take away & home delivery service nearby too!