The English Garden is a huge park in the centre of Munich. It has restaurants, beer halls, a lake to wander around, a stream, a Chinese Tower and other attractions that we did not have time to visit. There are lots of places to eat and drink by the Chinese Tower. There was also live traditional German music there during our visit.
What a surprise and delight to find the English Garden in Munich. The English Garden (Englischer Garten), not only is gigantic in size but is a source for many activities from sightseeing, relaxing, picnicing,paddle boating, nude sunbathing and even surfing. The park is one of the largest parks in Europe and is bigger than Central Park in New York City.
There are some fascinating monuments spread throughout the park. Montepteros appears as a Greek Temple in a small rise in the park ( See picture below). A large artificial lake is one of the most striking features.
We did not get a chance to see much of the garden area, but read a lot about it and hoped we had more time to see the sights inside the huge area. It is an area of 1.4 square miles; or 910 acres, or 370 hectares, but no matter how to describe it-that is large. It has a famed Chinese turm with a beer garden, Japanese tea house, and so much more for all to enjoy the variety.
These pictures of are the Hofgarten with its French style temple from 1615 and arcades along the one side
The ice-river (Eisbach) is crossing the English Garden. Even during winter you will find at some spots there surfers surfing waves at that small river. Its great and many people are normally there watching. Even some TV-documentations were done on those crazy people and their hobby. My insider tip for Munich.
This small Greek-Roman style open temple is a great vantage point for views across the Englischer Garten and beyond. Built up on an artificial hill, a brisk walk in the park and up the hill is worth it, even if a thunderstorm is brewing like when I visited!
This park is huge - long and narrow stretching north east from the city centre. The city’s lungs.
We entered at ..., and then headed in towards the city centre enjoying the sunshine and relatively uncrowded quiet of a late morning Easter Saturday. Having been to the city centre end, we then doubled back for lunch in the bier garten and the Chinesischer Turm.
One thing to watch out for (see local customs tip) is the surfing right by the bridge on ..... Yes, city centre surfing.
By the time we left the park - about 2pm - it was getting busy, so we’d enjoyed it at its best.
It's really a sight to see. The wave is about 1m high, there's very little maneuvering space. Some of the boys on their boogie boards or even in short kajaks manage to ride for a couple minutes, while others are swept away almost instantly!
This lovely massive garden in the middle of Munich as a great place to go to and just relax, go for a lovely walk, jog, run or cycle. When visiting the garden, you feel like you have stepped into a forest and it is difficult to believe that you are actually in the centre of town. Over weekends the place if visited by the locals, they have umpha bands playing and certain weekends you can have a tea ceremony at the chinese tower.
Munich´s famous 900 acre park has shaded paths, brooks, ponds and swans and is best known for its four beer gardens (Chinesischer Turm, Seehaus, Hirschau, Aumeister) and nude sunbathers!!!The park stretches from the center of the city (near Odeonsplatz) to the northern city border.Its 4 times bigger than central parc that menas that germans dont have a land problem at all ...
In English garden one time a year they having traditional festival wearing there traditional clothing i don't know how they called it by the German but for me it was really fantastic, i saw also different kinds of sausages in the street wow i love it.But please be careful when i get back home from holiday in Germany i got 2 sizes bigger so funny.....
fresh air,good foods,good place for sight seeing
I’ve whiled away some of my most contented hours here, lying shirt off besides a summer stream, listening to the sounds of nature and the chatter of other delinquent timewasters in the distance.
The Englischer Garten is a wild but well-tended green corridor that rolls right into the heart of Munich.
The park is the world’s largest within a city and a prime place to relax, stroll, ride, drink, flirt and about anything else you can think of.
This is where Munichites come to relax when they couldn’t be stuffed getting out of the city. They sit about in the sun, fry up on barbecues, ride bikes, horses and waves. They walk along the river, float along on rafts, dip in the streams and smell the roses.
Viva la Munich
Prince Elector Karl Theodor and his architect Friedrich Sckell created the Englischer Garten in 1789. This was the same year the French stormed the Bastille starting their revolution.
The park’s name comes from its wild style, imitating untamed expanses around England’s grand estates. There are meadows, forests, streams, ponds and a big old lake in the middle.
The surf’s that way
You’re on assignment in Munich from your Californian hometown. You want to ride the breakers like you did in the old days but the nearest beach is a long, long way. What do you do?
Find an artificial wave created by a bridge and surf on it, of course! Near a bridge over the Eisbach stream on Prinzregent Strasse there’s surfing to be had. It’s crazy but there’s wave-catchers there all year round.
Munich-based GIs started the trend after World War Two. It’s officially forbidden but police turn a blind eye these days. In stricter times surfers dug narrow trenches along the stream banks and buried their boards when the cops approached.
Danger in paradise
Head downstream to a series of small waterfalls where the young and the restless often jump in for a wild ride.
In summers’ heights it’s carefree scene, but beware the currents if you decide to dive in.
Swimmers can be swept into submerged rocks and now and then don’t resurface. If you don’t feel safe stay on the dry side.
The “T” in Garten
On an island in the stream is the dainty Japanische Teehaus (Japanese Teahouse). Japan bequeathed the cottage to Munich for the 1972 Olympics.
You can join in a Japanese tee ceremony here from April to October on every second and fourth Saturday and Sunday of the month at 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. Phone: 089 22 43 19
A helluva lot of toasting, drinking and dancing goes on around most wedding cakes and this one is no exception. The Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower) is the Englischer Garten's most-loved meeting point and looks like and “I do” dessert.
A Bavarian band blows out tunes from the upper tiers while dozens relax at benches in the beer garden below. A popular Christmas market takes place here in December.
The tower was built in 1790, burned down in 1944 at the height of World War Two and rebuilt 1951-1952.
Like something out of a Greek tragedy is the Monopteros, built in 1838. It’s a circular temple crowning an artificial hill and offers views all the way to the Old Town. This was a favourite spot to smoke a few joints in the 1960s, now it’s just a nice place to gad about.
Yet more beer gardens
Munich’s best-placed beer garden is the Seehaus on the edge of the park’s lake. It pulls a lot of celebrities and the uppity breed they call “schicki-micki” here in Munich. A bit expensive but worth it. You can rent a paddle-boat and go for spin around the islands on the lake, called the Kleinhesselohersee.
If you really want to stretch your legs you can walk 3km up into the northern section of the Englischer Garten along quiet, leafy paths to the former royal hunting cottage of Aumeister. It’s now more famous for pouring the amber fluid for those who have made the trek.
Many Germans like to get naked. Those in Munich often do it here, especially in the southern section between the Monopteros and the Schwabinger Bach stream. Nudism has a long tradition in Germany and they call it Frei Korper Kultur, meaning Free Body Culture.
There’s a club that’s even organised nude bike rides through the park. The sight of dozens of people starkers can be a tad cringe-worthy, particularly if they’re oldies with more fault lines than the Pacific Rim. On the other hand I think it’s a tradition that radiates equality and acceptance, so don’t be afraid to go with the flow.
I grew up a hop, skip and a jump from Central Park in NYC, and as lovely as it is, I learned to be afraid of it. Especially at night....Especially after the whole 'Central Park Jogger' incident. I bring this up here because I was AMAZED at how Müncheners just strolled through this city park without a care in the world through all hours of the day and the dark, dark, night. What a beautiful experience to walk into the Englischer Garten as the sun begins to set and stroll through the woods, enjoy the turning leaves, the streams, the occasional passing horse with rider, and countless folks on foot, without having to look over your shoulder to wonder who is creeping up behind you.
Not only is the park beautiful, sizeable, and filled with carefree people and their dogs (who are equally as carefree, because none of them are on leashes), but it had just the thing I want to run into on any good outing: A number of beer gardens!
We made our way to the Chinesischer Turm with beer garden. Even in the chill of the fall air, the outdoor beer garden was lively and the beverages were being served in quantity. As the sun disappeared, the Chinese Pagoda was lit and created just the right atmosphere for enjoying a drink with friends at sunset. Compared to the 'in season' it was quiet I'm sure, but I imagine it even more lively and lovely in the warmer weather.
We had heard much about the Seehaus (another beer garden with fance restaurant on a lake) and started to make our way over there in the dark in search of some more wonderful beer.
It is worth mentioning that on our walk from the Chinesischer garden to the Seehaus is when it became very clear that I was doing something that I would NEVER have dared done in Central Park or any other city park for that matter: and that is walk in the pitch dark in a wooded public place while I can hardly see my hand in front of my face. As dark as it was, we would often come upon an unearthly glow in the distance only to arrive and find some small stand selling pretzels and beers with half a dozen people and their content dogs milling about at the counter. Nice! The paths are not lighted, yet the park is open and there are many lovely people walking about, jogging, walking dogs, enjoying a snack or a pint... how wonderful is that?
Perhaps some will find me foolish, but it left such an impression on me that I felt perfectly safe in this environment...something I could never do comfortably in the USA. It was so freeing.
Sorry to say that the Seehaus beer garden was just closing when we arrived, but I can see how it ranks so high on the list of beer gardens to visit in Munich... what a beautiful setting right on the lake!
In short, I think one could easily spend an entire afternoon, if not the better part of a day in the Englischer Garten and enjoy every minute of it. How could you not... they serve Bavarian Beer!
The English Garden is a sprawling park with extensive paths, brooks, beer gardens and other features. It covers around 900 acres so pack your walking shoes if you plan on walking around the whole park.
Parts of the garden include a Japanese and Greek themes.
Pleasant place to enjoy a drink or an evening stroll. Nude sunbathing is also permitted here!
Englischer Garten is a huge and lovely park where locals go for a walk, riding a bycicle, sunbathing on the grass in the summer or just having a drink in the big biergarten that is placed inside the park, with the wery well-know Chinese Tower.
If there is an afterlife, then the English Garden in Munich seems a pretty good model for it to be based on.
One of the largest of urban parks (and one of the oldest in Europe) is extends either side of a main road from the very centre out to the northern rim of the city.
I'm not entirely sure why it got named the 'English' garden, but I presume it has something to do with the landscaping of the place which looks to be very strongly influenced by capability Brown.
The park peatures miles and miles of attractive walks and streams, but I would have to say that it's greatest attraction lies in the copious servings of beer that can be had in either of the beer gardens. I've never visited during the Octoberfest, but sitting out in such a setting with a large stein in hand and good company for conversation takes some beating. The fact that they also encourage nude sunbathing is just the icing on the cake.