Favorite for Spring

Celebrating Europe’s Parks in Spring

We love Europe’s parks at any time of year, but they can be especially beautiful and festive in spring. Enjoy the budding trees along grand allées and beautifully landscaped gardens as these parks blossom from March to May, depending on latitude. Our list of 40+ favorite Europe parks in spring is in alphabetical order by city — not a ranked ‘best list’, which would be impossible anyway!


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.

Sutton Park

Birmingham, England

6 miles north of Birmingham center, Sutton Park is one of the largest urban nature parks in Europe, and is composed of miles upon miles of trails winding through woodland, marsh, and along the banks of no less than seven lakes.

Tilleghem Forest & Castle

Bruges Area, Belgium

This park-like area, 7 km south of Bruges, offers some wonderful running opportunities. There are numerous paths winding through fields, woods, and meadows...and a castle! There are several marked trails that can be done as running loops.

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

Grüneburgpark and Palmengarten

Frankfurt, Germany

Three neighboring green spaces in the northwest part of Frankfurt. Enjoy the botanical gardens of Palmengarten, and then Grüneburgpark, whose paths are done in the English style. Also includes a quick jaunt through the campus of Goethe University.

Sefton Park

Liverpool, England

This 200 acre park has miles of meandering asphalt pathways around the lakes and fields. We’ve mapped a 5k highlights loop. Good add-ons with Princes Park and a detour to the famous Penny Lane!

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.

Heaton Park

Manchester, England

Wonderful 600-acre park about 5 miles north of the center of Manchester. Several miles of trails, both open and wooded. Park includes a neoclassical 18th century country house, gardens, woodlands, observatory, and many other features.

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.

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.

Castle Gardens

Stuttgart, Germany

Run the grounds of Stuttgart’s old palace at the “Schlossgarten,” a collection of three manicured parks in the heart of the city. Routes up to 7 km can be combined with the Neckar River and Rosenstein Park runs.

Parco La Mandria

Turin, Italy

Gorgeous running in the second largest enclosed park in Europe! Create your own run on the beautifully landscaped grounds and paths around the baroque La Venaria Reale and Castello de La Mandria. Options for some wilder, more remote paths and small roads.


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.

Maksimir Park

Zagreb, Croatia

Only a 10 minute tram ride from the city centre and home to the City Zoo, Maksimir Park is heaven for runners, with its zig-zagging paths among tall green trees, small lakes, ponds, and meadows. A tour is ~ 5km.

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