The Englischer Garden is larger than Hyde park London, a great place for strolling in. Near city centre Munich -Created in 1789 by Sir Benjamin Thompson. The park area is 3.7 km.is larger than New Yorks central park.The name Englischer is because it is in a style of park that was popular in England at the time..
It´s one of the biggest parks in Europe.At the south end there is a stream with artificial rapids where you can watch people surfing. By the west side you can find the Chinese Tower surrounded by a biergarten where one can hear live traditional german music.
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.
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.
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.
A little far from the coast of Southern Spain or the Atlantic but where is a wave there is a will. Situated at the beginning of the artificial creek that runs through English Garden a constant wave is created by an underwater mechanism. The wave is large enough that most days from Spring to late Fall there are a group of young folks out surfing the wave. However the wave's width is small and there are rocks close by, so I would only recommend this for the most skilled and nimble.
It is a great place however to sit or stand and watch the surfers hone their skills. A large group of onlookers is always on hand to record the event by either a camera or a video recorder
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!