When you’ve had your fill of museum-hopping and shopping, head to this tranquil green space in the heart of the city. Germany’s first and oldest park dates to 1769 and its nearly 70 acres feature expansive meadows, ancient trees, multiple ponds, fountains, flowerbeds and plenty of lovely walking paths and bridges, especially along the picturesque Düssel canal. Be sure to have a look at the many modern and contemporary sculptures along the way: There’s the Las Meninas sculptures, based on the famous Velázquez painting, near the Jägerhof Palace; “The Admonisher,” a bronze by Jewish-Russian artist Vadim Sidur, on the Ananasberg hill; and next to the opera house, Henry Moore’s “Reclining Figure in Two Parts.” A sentimental favorite is the 1904 “fairytale fountain” by French sculptor Max Blondat showing three children sitting together and looking at three frogs. From May to September, catch a gratis Sunday morning concert at 11 a.m. at the open-air Hofgarten Pavillon, on Jägerhofstraße.
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