We visited (numerous times) the English Garden whilst in Munich and the atmosphere there never ceased to amaze me. It made all my senses come alive!
Sitting in the beer garden and observing my surrounds, I found myself smiling and soaking up the ‘moment’. There was constant chatter, bicycle bells ringing, music playing, laughter and the sound closest to me – glasses being brought together with the clink of ‘cheers’. The smell of Bratwurst (German sausage), Sauerkraut and freshly baked Prezels was enough to make me feel hungry.
I’ve never seen a park so big or beautiful in the middle of a city!
Facts & Figures:
The Englischer Garten, German for “English Garden”, is in the centre of Munich, Bavaria. The name refers to the style of gardening; the term English garden is used outside the English-speaking world to refer to the style of informal landscape gardening. Created in 1789 by Sir Benjamin Thompson and extended and improved by his successors, Reinhard von Werneck. It has an area of 3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi) (370 ha or 910 acres), the Englischer Garten is one of the world’s largest urban public parks, larger than New York’s Central Park.
The beer gardens has 7,000 spots which is located right by the Chinese Tower and is Munich’s second largest. This distinctive pagoda is 25 meters (approx. 75 feet) high and is based on a design from 1789. From the first ray of sunshine, all benches are quickly taken. The associated Restaurant Seehaus is open year-round and offers sophisticated local fare. Behind the Seehaus is the start of the northern part of the park, which is beyond the Mittleren Ring (“Middle Ring”). The area is much quieter than the lively southern section. The Englische Garten also borders directly on the Isar River here, which can be easily crossed via the weir at Oberföhring. On the northern end of the park is Restaurant Aumeister, which also hosts a beer garden.
The Isar river, whose waters flow from the Alpine region of Tirol in Austria, has long served as a major city attraction. On a stretch of the river known as the Eisbach – a tributary of the Isar which runs directly through the Englischer Garten – avid surfers can practice their skills without ever leaving the city!
If ever you’re around Munich, this amazing Garden is well worth a visit and allow at least one full day to meander and soak in all the activities that it has to offer. So, without further to do, take a look and see what you think. I hope you enjoy it!