Shanadar Park, Erbil

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#3 of 7 in Parks in Iraq
One of the finest parks in Erbil, Shanadar Park offers a green getaway from the busy streets and the crowds. Relax and unwind in the quiet park on the shaded benches, or go to one of the restaurants and cafes for a refreshing drink and meal. Enjoy the maintained gardens featuring a variety of plant species, and the small, clean lake in the middle. Head to the onsite art gallery, where you can learn about the local artists and admire their works. Before you head to Erbil, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Erbil trip builder app , to make sure you see all that Erbil has to offer, including Shanadar Park.
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  • September 6, 2017
    Walking through the gardens at Shanadar park was relaxing and beautiful. Be sure to go up on top of the little building inside the park to the left for a great view of the park and surrounding area.  more »
  • June 2, 2017
    We take all our guests to this hidden treasure in Erbil. For 5,000 dinar, you can purchase a ticket to the big yellow helium air balloon ride from the tea-stand in front. You ascend high over the city...  more »
  • May 25, 2017
    The parks in Erbil, and Shanadar is no exception, are almost nice. It is hard to place what exactly gives them a twinge of unpleasantness, but it is probably the unloved kitsch scattered about. It cou...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    Nice big park with lake, play equipment for childrenq
  • April 26, 2017
    Great for walking and getting fresh air
  • May 8, 2017
    Always full of people and poorly serviced not like other parks
  • October 22, 2016
    Perfect place for a stroll and several places to eat and drink. Some unexpected bits of hidden architectural history!
  • January 14, 2017
    Its a great park I really love it

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