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30 Classic European Parks for Running

Many of the world’s great parks are influenced by the classics of Europe, some of which date back to the 1600s. Tree-lined allées, landscaped gardens, and a festive atmosphere characterize these parks. This is our list of the most important European parks for running. To qualify, they must be centrally located, and feature at least 3-4 km of suitable paths. Out focus is on the more landscaped urban parks, rather than ‘trail running’ type parks. The list is in alphabetical order by city — not a ranked ‘best list’, which would be impossible anyway! NOTE: To return to this page, click ‘back’ button in browser.


Berlin, Germany

The Tiergarten is the running capital of Berlin. A vast, 545 acre green space right in the city, Tiergarten is a running paradise for locals and visitors alike.

Roath Park

Cardiff, Wales

Located due north of Cardiff Center, Roath Park is one of the most popular recreation areas in the city. Runners will enjoy miles of gravel paths along a 2+ mile long linear park that features a brook, lake, fields, and gardens.

Phoenix Park

Dublin, Ireland

At 1,750 acres, Phoenix Park is one of the largest walled parks in Europe. The signature green space to run in Dublin, a wonderful mix of fields, tree-lined paths, and interesting sites.

Hofgarten and Rheinpark

Düsseldorf, Germany

A wonderful tour of Düsseldorf's centrally located, iconic parks. Hofgarten is the oldest park in the city, and has classic tree-lined alleés and landscaping. Rhein Park is very popular with joggers. It's 3.3 km one-way, combining both parks.

Cascine Park

Florence, Italy

Classic European urban park, and the most significant green space in Florence for a run. 395 acres on the north side of the Arno river, there are meadows, river paths, and wooded paths. 3.8 km from one end to the other

Parc de la Tête d’Or

Lyon, France

One of the largest urban parks in Europe, and designed on a grand style -- fountains, statues, botanical garden, and many lovely paths and allées. There's a 4 km perimeter 'jogging path', or many other interior paths for a DIY run.

Casa de Campo

Madrid, Spain

Located a few km west of Madrid’s historic center, Casa de Campo is 5 times the size of New York's Central Park. Our route begins at the Royal Palace and loops through a small section of the park. Another great route begins at the Batán Metro Station.

Sempione Park/Brera Neighborhood

Milan, Italy

This park is one of the largest in the city. It’s possible to do 2–3 miles in the park, around the perimeter and park trails. Our 2.5 mile route lined with amazing monuments, it is a perfect blend of natural beauty and tourist sites.

Englischer Garten

Munich, Germany

The centerpiece of running in central Munich. The grand, 18th century park features nearly 80 km of trails through woods, around a lake, and along the Eisbach and Isar rivers. The southern section is more developed, the northern section more natural.

Frognerparken Loop

Oslo, Norway

One of the most popular places to run in Oslo. A combination park and historic estate. Now houses the Oslo City Museum. Also enjoy Vigelandsparken, a sculpture park and museum displaying the works of Gustav Vigeland.

Villa Doria Pamphili

Rome, Italy

Rome’s largest park, contains a stunning, mid- 17th century palace surrounded by garden mazes, jogging trails, fabulous fountains, a superb grotto, and pine lined views of Rome from atop the Janiculum hill.

Sofia Parks Overview

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia has several large, forested parks that are great for running. The three southern parks -- Borisova Gradina Park, Loven Park, and South Park can be run standalone or combined for a long loop. We also love running in West Park and North Park.

Kadrioru (Kadriorg) Park

Tallinn, Estonia

At over 70 hectares, Kadrioru is one of the most prominent parks in Tallinn, with miles of paved sidewalks and easy access from downtown. Beautifully landscaped, with a special promenade to the president's palace. Our 6 km route starts downtown.


Utrecht, Netherlands

The largest park in the Netherlands and a joy for running. Many km of pedestrian and cycle paths, water features, and attractive landscaping. It's 3 km north-south and 1 km east-west. One good option is the 10k perimeter path. Just west of the city centre.

Prater Park

Vienna, Austria

Classic European park dating back to 1766, with several attractions including a huge Ferris wheel. The tree-lined, straight 4.5 km Hauptallee is the running highlight and where Eliud Kipchoge ran a sub-2 hour marathon in 2019. Also the Prater Trail.

Łazienki Park

Warsaw, Poland

A classic European city park, located along the 'Royal Route'. Several paths wonderful for running -- can easily put together a few km within the park. The park features several museums, cultural institutions, gardens, and the Palace on the Isle.

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