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Europe’s Green Cities
Europe’s Green Cities

From time to time, a little green space can be wonderful for your mood. The fresh air, relaxed countryside atmosphere and nothing to see but beautiful, green nature can be the perfect antidote for all the stresses associated with modern life.

While traditional city breaks can offer their own version of relaxation and beauty, there is something about a green escape that offers instant relaxation. But what if you are looking for the best of both? Here we explore popular city break destinations that offer a little green space too.

Vibrant Vienna
While Vienna is known for its cultural offerings - visitors to the city can always find plenty to see, do and experience – it is also home to a lot of green space. Over half of this beautiful city is made up of green spaces, making it perhaps one of the best places to experience a city break that pairs both the rural and the urban in perfect harmony.

Whether you are looking to visit an urban city park, a woodland wonder or a carefully curated garden, Vienna is home to it all. The Green Prater is a large city park in Vienna that provides the perfect opportunity to spend a few hours in glorious green space. If woodlands and rolling hills are more to your liking, the Vienna Woods are excellent for a more secluded experience. These woods are also protected, meaning you can enjoy their untouched beauty during your visit.

Thinking of heading to Vienna? Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna provides the perfect base, centrally located in the city.

Fascinating Berlin
Steeped in history, Berlin offers visitors a guaranteed cultural experience during their vacation here. The Berlin Wall itself is a must-see, including Checkpoint Charlie and the numerous information points along the way. But did you know that as well as its interesting past, Berlin is also home to some great green spaces, too?

There a number of palaces and gardens in and around the city of Berlin to visit and enjoy during your visit. Berlin's Botanical Gardens are among the greatest, perhaps due to the wide range of plant life you can see here. For something a little more open-air, the Friedrichshain Park is one of the more established green spaces in the city, so you can soak up the views, fresh air and the history while strolling around.

Visitors to Berlin can choose to stay at either Hotel Adlon Kempinski or Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin, both offering true luxury close to the Tiergarten.

Tranquil Geneva
When thinking of Switzerland, usually skiing in the Alps, Swiss chocolate and the beautiful Lake Geneva come to mind. The lake itself provides plenty of opportunity for awe-inspiring scenery, with its breath-taking back drop and wonderful vistas.

The lake is easier to access than you may at first think. You can travel by boat, plane or car to get there, as well as experience the beauty of the lake by boat once you have arrived. The area surrounding the lake is covered in trees and flowers, making it an excellent place to relax while you are on vacation.

If you are planning a trip to Lake Geneva, Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is ideally located to explore both the lake and the surrounding city attractions.



Wonderful Munich
Another German gem is the city of Munich, which is home to the famous Englischer Garten (English Garden). Here visitors can relax in 3.7 km² of green space with stunning views and some unique offerings - an authentic Japanese teahouse, urban surfing on man-made waves and a huge beer garden.

For a taste of Royalty, the expansive and beautiful gardens of the Nymphenburg Palace are truly spectacular, featuring pretty flowers, huge lakes and impressive sculptures.

When staying in Munich, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski is perfectly located in the centre of the city, close to the park and all of Munich’s best attractions.

Beautiful Barcelona
Barcelona is home to plenty of beach life and is known for its vibrant lifestyle and busy atmosphere, but it is also a great place to visit if you are looking for a little bit of green space to relax in.

Offering visitors a wide range of parks and outdoor spaces to explore, from the iconic Park Güell featuring hilltop views across the city, to the tropical Parc de la Ciutadella in the heart of the city, there are so many places to discover in this colorful city.

If you are planning your own little break in a green space, take a look at our full list of destinations and let Kempinski help with your next relaxing escape.

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