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Aasee Park, Germany
For the third time, expert juries from six European countries identified the most beautiful park in Europe. The Aaseepark won this year as the winner. Other places are followed by parks from Sweden, France, Italy, Poland and the UK.
First placeAfter being honored as Germany's most beautiful park in 2008, the Aaseepark in Münster (North Rhine-Westphalia) continued its triumphal march in the European final of the competition.
The Aaseepark, which is located on the river Aa, may now be decorated with the title "Europe's Best Park 2009". For the third time, expert juries from six European countries identified the most beautiful park in Europe on behalf of the American engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton.
The Aaseepark was created from 1926 in three sections. Initially, flood control and the hygiene of the city-crossing river Aa were in the foreground. But quickly recognized and appreciated the Münsteraner also the high recreational value of the lake and the adjacent green spaces. With the realization of the second phase of construction in the years 1972 to 1976, the water surface of the Aasee was doubled. The result was a 2000 m long rowing regatta course for national and international competitions; two sailing ports complement the leisure facilities on the water. In a final phase of construction in the years 1994-1996, a large area near the mouth of the Aa was designed close to nature. The result was a variety of water areas with a high diversity of plants and animals. Nevertheless, here too paths and lookout points were specifically created to make this biotope a real experience for the city dwellers.
Maraboupark, SwedenThe second place of the competition Europe's most beautiful park in 2009 was the Maraboupark in Sundbyberg, north of Stockholm in Sweden. The park, which has existed since 1937, was titled "Sweden's most beautiful park" in 2008.
Parc Maupassant de Bois Savary, FranceThe Parc Maupassant de Bois Savary, in Allonnes, located between Paris and Bordeaux, was voted third by the jury. The park is home to the 600-year-old Thibaudière Castle. The current owners of the park have designed the park entirely in 17th and 18th century style.
Park of the Villa Nazionale Pisani, ItalyThe fourth place of the competition is occupied by the park of Villa Nazionale Pisani, in Strav near the Italian city of Padua. The park was originally built in the 18th century as a Baroque garden. Even today, an elaborate book maze adorns the park.
Urban Park, PolandThe fifth place is occupied by the Urban Park, in Zamość in Poland. The city of Zamość has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1992. It is located east of Warsaw and Krakow on the border with Ukraine.
Mowbray Park, EnglandMowbray Park in Sunderland, England has taken sixth place in the "Europe's most beautiful park" competition. The park was built in 1857 in the Victorian style with the typical flower borders. Sunderland is located on the eastern tip of England.