Beer garden by the lake or under the huge Chinese tower? Naked sunbathing in the middle of town? All this can be found in Munich, in the largest English garden in Europe.
The best time to visit the green wonder of Munich is spring and summer, but it is also worth visiting in winter and leave behind the memories of the cold and snow. We are talking about the beautiful Englischer Garten - the English Garden, which has been a public park for over two centuries. It is not only a favorite place of rest and recreation for the inhabitants of the beer capital of Germany. It is also the largest facility of this type in Europe, and at the same time one of the oldest in the world.
If Munich, it's beer gardens
The gigantic garden covers 373 hectares and covers the districts of Schwabing and Maxvorstadt. It is situated on the west bank of the Izara River. In its southern part is the Biergarten , one of Munich's largest beer gardens.
From a distance, we will see the symbol of the garden and its main attraction, the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower), next to which there is the equally famous beer garden. An artificial hill with a dome on Greek columns was built around the building. Its summit is a very popular vantage point in the center of Munich - it is quite appropriate to climb it to be able to consider a visit to the English Garden as completed.
An attractive vantage point is also Monopteros , a building that is a copy of a Greek temple. It is a few minutes' walk from the China Tower.
Numerous streams pass through the Englischer Garten like playful silver snakes and finally enter the Kleinhesseloher See , a large man-made reservoir. You can rent a pedalo, kayak or boat here and get to know the lake from all sides.
The Seehaus beer garden is located on its shore. It is open from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 a.m. You can eat there breakfast on the terrace, at noon taste delicious homemade cakes, and in the evening come to it for dinner or a drink. Parties and weddings are organized in the elegant surroundings of the Seehaus.
Walk through the Englischer Garten
The English Garden is very large, so you can walk it for hours, and you probably won't see everything. On the paths, you pass by a stroller or a cyclist every now and then, and if someone absentmindedly wanders to the main meadow in the garden, sooner or later you will come across a nudist. Residents are used to such views, but tourists can sometimes be surprised. If you want an even tan, you can sunbathe right behind the Haus der Kunst art gallery.
In the English Garden there is also a tea house with a Japanese garden, Japanisches Teehaus . It was established in 1972 as a result of cooperation between the Olympic cities, Munich and Sapporo. Thanks to this, today in a German city, culture lovers of the Land of the Rising Sun can take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Camping not only for flora lovers
About 13 km from the Englischer Garten in the west of Munich is the Campingplace Obermenzing . For a parking space for a motorhome you need to pay EUR 9 / day, and an adult will spend the night on it for EUR 5.50 / day. Access to electricity is associated with a fee of 2 euros, the same is for a stay of a four-legged friend.
The English Garden is worth visiting, regardless of whether you like beer. Anyone looking for a rest in a big city will love it. These are the great green lungs of Munich.
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