Englischer Garten, Munich

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    The English Gardens - Beer Hall.
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    The English Gardens - Chinese Tower.
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    The English Gardens - the lake.
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    Now I feel at home !

    by sourbugger Updated Apr 3, 2008

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    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.

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    ENGLISH GARDEN (ENGLISCER GARTEN)

    by kmohandas Updated Mar 22, 2008

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    THE LAKE
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    English garden is a very popular and scenic park right in the heart of Munich city. This huge garden houses a Greek temple,Cinese pagodas and a Japanese tea house.It was founded in1789 by Benjamin Thomson, who is also known as Count of Rumford (German: Reichsgraf von Rumford). With an area covering 3.7 km² the Englischer Garten is one of the world's largest urban public parks.
    This garden is divided into two portions by the busy street Isarring. The south is around 2 kms long, while the northern part, called the Hirschau is about 3 kms. The Hirschau has the opposite character of the south part, which on sunny days attract many people. It has the serene character typically found in a forest. Two beer gardens, the "Aumeister" and the "Hirschau", are located at the north and south end of the Hirschau.

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    Sunday Afternoon

    by seasonedveteran Written Mar 9, 2008

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    What a wonderful way to end your sightseeing day in munich? There was african music playing when we went, and people playing, and quiet entertainment here and there.

    It is big, so try not to get lost in the wonderful walking paths. haha. Not the best park in the world but the atmosphere is great when there are lots of people. bring a frisbee!

    In the winter, get some Punch wine (Mulled wine), which is excellent on a cold day.

    In the summer, get yourself a currywurst, a german classic, or half a chicken or something.

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  • Relaxing Walk

    by Manyana Updated Sep 30, 2007

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    pure stream as crystal
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    it was winter, it was cold, yet it was pure as crystal and relaxing as a whisper.

    i believe it's the biggest park in munich, huge and walkable. it was sunny the day we'd been there, with the lake half frozen (not good for skating tho!), and the streams were just shiny and reflecting the sunshine.

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    Englischer Garten

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    Chinese Tower

    This lovely and extensive landscape garden is Munichs best-known recreational area. A good place to rest your weary feet if you are done with sight-seeing! Or maybe visit the crowded beergarden at the Chinese Tower.

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    Munich's Central Park

    by MLW20 Written May 1, 2007

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    we didn't have much time to wander around the gardens. We stopped by to have a beer at the Chinese Tower Beer Garden. Walking to the beer garden was very nice. There are lots of bike paths and a pretty big stream running along one side of the park.

    The Chinese Tower is pretty interesting. The beer garden was not too crowded since we were there during winter, it was also close to closing time. The beer garden has tons of seating and is definitely a nice place to relax and have a beer!

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    Englischer Garten

    by Nemorino Updated Oct 30, 2006

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    1. Kleinhesseloher See with beer garden
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    This "English Garden" was the first public urban park in Europe, and is still one of the biggest. It was started in 1789 when the Bavarian ruler, Elector Carl Theodor, decided to turn his private hunting grounds on the Isar River into a park that would be open to the public.

    The park was first designed by Benjamin Thompson (1753-1814), who was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, but left American after the Revolutionary War because he had sided with the British. The name English Garden comes from the "English" style of landscape gardening, with ponds, meadows and patches of woods all connected by gently curving paths.

    In the middle of the park there is a lake, the Kleinhesseloher See with a large beer garden on the shore.

    Second photo: There are numerous paths winding all through the English Garden. In some places there are three parallel paths, one for pedestrians only, one for pedestrians and cyclists and a third for horseback riding. I don't know of any paths in this park that are reserved for cyclists only, which makes cycling here a bit frustrating on a nice Sunday afternoon when half the population is out strolling. But on most other days the cycling here is fine!

    Third photo: At the south end of the park there is a stream called the Eisbach. Many years ago a dam was build on this stream to regulate the flow of water and prevent flooding. This produced a small stretch of artificial rapids where you can watch people surfing -- but don't try it yourself! It is extremely dangerous and totally illegal.

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    A Beer Garden with an Incredible Setting

    by sarahandgareth Written Sep 1, 2006

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    The Chinese Tower in the Englischer Garden

    As you probably already know, beer gardens are a big part of Munich culture. On our Beer Tour we learned that there are two major rules for being a true beer garden. There have to be chestnut trees and people must be allowed to bring their own food (although not necessarily drinks). This means you can create your own picnic (we would suggest the market in town) and bring it to any beer garden to have with your liter of beer.

    We especially enjoyed the Englischer garden. There was a band in the Chinese tower playing music for the enjoyement of all the customers. The temperature below the chestnut trees was perfect and the place was neat and clean. Plus, walking through the park to get there is a treat in and of itself.

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    Englisher Garten

    by francischris Updated Jul 26, 2006

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    Chinesischer Turm(Chinese pagoda)
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    The park is build by a loyalist who migrated from America after she gained independence.This is a huge park with River Issar running through it.The park has a Greek Temple mounument,Japanese Tea House and a Chinese pagoda.
    The Chinese pagoda was built in 1791.However, this 5 storey wooden pagoda looks more Japanese than Chinese to me.This is a favourite meeting spot for locals as well as visitors.There is a big crowd at the large beer garden enjoying fresh 'Mass" of beer(1 Litre) while listening to a Bavarian Band,which i understand plays only on weekend.
    One large secttion of the beer garden is self service .There is also another corner where you get full service from waiters but paying a higher price.At one corner ,the horse coaches stood waiting for customers wanting joy rides round the park.

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    Englisch Garden

    by globetrotter06 Updated Mar 16, 2006

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    The Englisch Garden is a huge green area. I think it is 10-15 km long and 1 km wide. You easily get lost, because of all the small roads, paths and rivers. It is good for walking, cycling, horse riding etc. And on the fields people play football or go sunbathing (yes, even here there are areas with nude Germans... ).

    On of the most popular parts of the English Garden are the biergardens at the Chinese Tower, where a band often play typical Bavarian music.

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    Englischer Garten

    by antistar Written Dec 11, 2005

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    There are many English styled parks in Germany, like the Tiergarten in Berlin, but this one is one of the best and biggest by far. It's also possibly the most English. Stepping out of the trees and into the wide open spaces of green feels like stepping out into Hyde Park in London, or any number of big parks in Britain. Like many German parks it is absolutely huge, and can be clearly made out from space on satellite photographs, snaking its way out of the city along the Isar river before merging with the countryside outside.

    It has to be said the park looks absolutely fantastic in Autumn. I just couldn't stop myself going from park to park in Munich to take in the incredible colours.

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    Englisher Garten

    by Yorick12 Written Oct 29, 2005

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    Englisher Garten

    The Englischer Garten is huge! It's over 900 acres and is the largest metropolitan park in Europe. That's twice the size of New York's Central Park. There's many trails to explore and you get the feeling that you're not in Munich anymore. It's so quiet and peaceful. There's lots of places to just sit and soak in the beauty of the place if that's what you're looking for. If not, it also has a livelier side. The garden is home to four beergardens: the Chinesischer Turm (which is where we stopped for a drink), Seehaus, Hirschau & Aumeister.

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    Englischer Garten

    by draguza Updated Oct 22, 2005

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    The Garden
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    The Englischer Garten or "English Garden" is a large urban public park in northeast Munich, Germany and it was founded in 1789

    The name refers to the style of gardening; the term "English garden" is used outside of the English speaking world to refer to the style of informal landscape gardening which was popular in the United Kingdom in the mid 18th century

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    Biking and Beer Drinking in the English Garten

    by klasher Written Aug 29, 2005

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    I spent days biking, lounging, people watching and beer drinking in this fabulous place. I don't think I actually even saw the whole park. There are 3 beer gardens in this park, with the Chinese Towers being the largest. A must do!!

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    Visit the Chinese Tower

    by TempNomad Written Aug 3, 2005

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    Eureka!  We found it!

    This was the only landmark of the Englischer Garten that we saw. We got a little lost finding it (no laughing!) because we entered to the south of where we thought we were. Well, we weren't really lost, it's just that this map was to scale, and everything else had been much closer than we expected. Anyway, finding it was lovely. We briefly admired the tower, then we browsed the choices for food and drink.

    This was one of my favorite parts of Munich, I think. Very relaxed, and it reminded me of the attitude and atmosphere of Berlin. The areas just off the Garten are a bit too self conscious for my liking. I can get that right at home!

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