Englischer Garten is a huge park in Munich's city centre. Actually I've heard that with 3,7 square kilometres it's the biggest city park in the world. On a sunny day this is the place to be. People swim in the rivers (see pic), get a tan on the huge greens and have cold beers in the beergardens.
There's also some things to see in here like the Japanese tea house, the Chinese tower, a Greek style temple called Monopteros
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 ...
The English Garden is huge!! Richie, Doreen and I walked around on my first day in town and we ended up walking in circles a couple times. Hey, it's so big that it's easy to get disoriented, but don't worry, the whole place makes for a pleasant stroll.
It's called the English Garden because it was the idea of a Brit, Sir Benjamin Thompson, who designed the park which was built in the 18th century. As you can see in the picture, there is even a Greek temple called Monopteros, which sits on a hill that provides great views back over the city.
You'll find lots of paths, open field where you're sure to see a soccer game taking place and, if you're in certain parts of the park, don't be surprised to see people sunbathing in the nude.
This is the largest city park in Europe and part of the Isar River even flows through it. There is even a section of the river where you can surf!
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.
It was an American , who had the idea to build the "Englischer Garten" :
Benjamin Thompson, aka Graf Rumford (1753-1814) was the son of a farmer, he became physician and minister in Bavaria.
It was his intention to create an area, where all levels of the bavarian population could meet, and where new ways of cultivations of trees and plants could be shown and explaned to a wide part of the population in a tree nursery and veterinary school.
The centre of the garden is Kleinhesseloher See, the chinese tower with a great beergarden, a japanese teahouse and the Monopteros, a round temple, 16 meters high.
I took this pic from the tower of St.Peter-church / Alter Peter
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Englischer Garten is one of the best places to be in Munich when the weather is fine. There is no shortage of walking trails, bike trails, and even horse trails. Not to mention the 4 beer gartens and several restaurants, food stands, and other diversions. Even when the weather is cloudy and the beer gardens are closed, there are plenty of things to see and do in the park.
I went to the English garden's Monoptero at the sunset ... I was beautiful ... hippies where singing, playing guitar and smoking ... perhaps to much people at this time .. but ... well ... we have to learn to share nice things:))
This beautiful Monoptero is in the top of a little hill ... and you will have a wonderful view from there of the sky shape of the city ...
From the New Town Hall in Marianplatz you can see it clearly.
The Englisher Garten its ... I think ... the most big park of the world ... no matter if that is true or not ... the important thing is that ...its a wonderful place ... at is so big you can get in trought many places ....
What will you find there? ... well... there is a big artificial lake ... full of ducks ... and where you can hire a boat ( i imagen that with good weather) when I went ...in May ...it was very cold and the lake was nearly frozen ... at the border there are bars ... long tables full of german people of all ages drinking beer ... a real show ....
Ways for horses, bars, water falls ... the chinise tower ... the famous Monopterus ...
In summer I was said that in a part of the park people use to get nude to have sun ...
The big lake in the Englischer Garten, Munichs huge city park, is a popular place all year round. You can just feed the ducks and swans, or rent a boat, or enjoy the wonderful Seehaus Biergarten, which is open almost all year round, if the weather permits it.
There are a couple biergartens in the English Garden, but the 'Chinesischer Turm' is the most centrally-located and certainly the most popular. Richie and I hung out here in the hot afternoon sun drinking a few refreshing beers and snacking on pretzels.
The tower built in the style of a Chinese pagoda dates back to the park's beginnings, having been contructed in 1789. The biergarten is Munich's largest and can accommodate up to 7000 people!
Dont know whether I should call this a "Must See Activity" or an "Off The Beaten Track". Saying -must see- makes me sound like a very sick individual because it is in fact a nudest park. I feel that saying -off the beaten track- reminds visitors that this is a local spot, as opposed to a tourist area (IMO in my opinion), and maybe just bear this in mind when visiting. We went there modestly. We were fully clothed, walked about, sat for a while, didnt glare, minded our own business, and enjoyed this activity which was alien to us Corkonians from Ireland. These were work colleagues, lunching together nude, or management figures with brief cases nude walking alongside each other. Unusual which is why I say "Must See", but since I have included it here, I would also like to please say, Be Polite. Yes people are happy nude here, but surely being viewed as tourist attractions may not be so appealing to them. I say "Off The Beaten Track", because this English Garden does not appear to be advertised. I guess again, it is a local Munich spot, it would be a shame to intrude and invade this freedom and relaxation. This we found on a student backpack book we had. I think it was listed as a "must see" there also ;) As always, please correct my assumptions if they are incorrect!