While Munich is several hundred miles from the nearest ocean it doesn't seem to bother some of the younger folks in English Park.
Situated in the southern end of English Park, the artificial river the Eisbach creates a wave that is approximately one meter high. Young men and women gather on the rocks and try to ride the wave as it moves through the park. The site is actually more dangerous than it looks with submerged rocks and a narrow distance to make sharp turns. However it is great fun to take a few minutes at the top of the bridge and watch the local kids try to hang ten on the Eisbach.
The Japanese Tea House in the Englischer Garden is a real off the beaten track find. We were wandering around after our stop at the beer garden and pretty much stumbled upon it. Upon reading the sign, we realized that there was going to be a tea ceremony shortly, so we decided to stick around.
The ceremony which was part participation (we got to eat a traditional Japanese cookie and drink tea) and part witness (we watched two women act out one part of the ceremony). The whole event was very interesting and unique.
Note: During our ceremony, the staff explained what was going on only in German. If you don't speak German, ask before entering if they can translate any of it into your language.
In the heart of Munich lieso ne of the greatest european parks ... the english garden (it does remind the english countryside)....you can even use it as a major road n order to get downtown! When the sun shines the park is overwhelmed with people from all over the ages creating a beautiful atmosphere! - not to mention the nudists hahaha
Don't miss this relaxation - or abike ride - in Munich it's absolutely perfect!
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 hile, 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. As always, please correct my assumptions if they are incorrect!
You're open minded and like to relax? You HAVE TO go there on a sunny day in the Summer. It's a huge park (just meadows and trees and some canals) where people go to get tanned, to relax, to play sports and to swim. At the Eisbach, a small creek nearby the "Haus der Kunst", it's common to lay naked.
Our bike tour took us through the English Gardens (so named because it was designed by an Englishman). There is an area on the river where the rapids flow quickly & you can often times find people in wet suits & surf boards riding the waves.
If you want to 'do as the Romans', take a dip in the Isar River in Englischergarten. As soon as you get in, the strong current pulls you along until you feel like getting out. You can then climb out and walk back to where you started ... or right on to a biergarten.
This is a weird phenomenon on the Isar River in which the river makes waves and people are able to surf them for some time. I've never seen anything like it, and being that I'm from California I thought I'd never see someone surfing in Germany. A little cold I think, but no salt water up the nose.
surfing? There are at least two places in Munich, where people are surfing. The first alternative is to walk from Maximillianstrasse to Englischer Garten. The second one is in Thalkirchen, along river Isar.
Out from the rush: Englischer garten is huge, especially if you see it from the map. The more north you go, the fewer people. If you rent a bike (recommended in summertime) and go north, you can find really peaceful areas still close to the city (and they are even herding sheeps). If you have even more interest to the local way of living, bike even further. Especially if you bike further south (for example, along river Isar), you can find really cute little places and beergartens with really genuine atmosphere.
Yes, you can surf in the middle of Munich! In the southern part of the Park Englisher Garten, you will find the Eisbach and surfers playing on its continuous wave!
A huge park with lots of green areas to walk around and to people watch. There's a nice beer garden inside the park next to the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower).