When one thinks about New York, the 8th largest city in the world, one of the first images that often springs to mind is of the tranquil setting of the world renowned Central Park. This massive 843 acre man-made park allows locals and tourists alike to step out of the hustle and bustle of the busy city and enjoy some relaxation, surrounded by nature. Many of the biggest cities around the world are blessed with having some breathtakingly stunning parks nearby, providing visitors with the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic or take a relaxing stroll. If you find yourself visiting any of these popular cities in the future, you should definitely consider taking some time out of your schedule to enjoy the sheer splendour on offer.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa
Very few places in the world can live up to the monumental beauty that Cape Town has on offer. With rolling hills covered in flowers, enormous mountain ranges, utopian beaches and a city that never sleeps, there is no question as to why Cape Town is such a popular tourist destination. Situated against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, recently voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, very few gardens can match the sheer grandeur that Kirstenbosch offers.
If you are visiting Cape Town during summer, be sure to find out whether there are any musical concerts taking place at the Kirstenbosch Gardens. Pack a picnic and enjoy a beautiful sunset concert performed on the same stage that bands such as Bastille, Passenger and Civil Twilight have played on.
Grunewald Forest, Berlin, Germany
Holding the title as Berlin’s largest forested area, this serene forest is the perfect place to escape the busy capital city and enjoy some much needed rest and recuperation. If you are in it for the lazing about, pack a picnic and blanket and spend a few hours relaxing. If you are a more active type, you can choose to explore the land by foot, bicycle or even horseback. The best place to spend your nights when visiting Berlin is at one of the many cosy guesthouses that are dotted across each of the districts. These locations provide you with a housetrip styled holiday, allowing you to almost achieve the full German experience.
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