English Garden in Munich
One of the world’s biggest parks
Holidays in the city and yet surrounded by green - this contrast can not only be found at the Hotel Rothof. Also in Munich’s city centre, apart from pedestrian districts and transport hubs, there are numerous parks that invite you to stay. In particular, the English Garden is known everywhere because of its considerable size of 375 hectares. The park belongs to the largest in the whole world. As the garden was created based on the model of an English landscape park, it was called “English Garden”.
Activities in the English Garden
In the summer, numerous tourists and locals flock to the green garden to picnic, listen to music and enjoy the sun. Especially the southern part of the park (Prinzregentenstraße to the Mittlerer Ring) is very popular in the summer, quieter places can be found in the northern part (Mittlerer Ring - Freimann).
During an extensive walk through the English garden, every corner has something to discover e.g. musicians and artists who prove their extraordinary talent. The English Garden combines nature with culture and is THE place to meet for leisure in Munich.
The following activities are popular among the visitors of the park:
eating & drinking during a comfortable picnic or in the beer garden
sunbathing & listening to music
biking or walking
football, volleyball, frisbee or badminton
boat rides on the Lake Kleinhesseloher
in the winter: ice skating, cross-country skiing or tobogganing
and a lot more
The Eisbach Wave - Surfing in Munich
A special highlight in the English Garden is the Eisbach Wave, a standing wave in the 12 metre wide Eisbach. The trendy meeting place is located at the Haus der Kunst in the southern part of the park. Surfers from all over the world come to Munich only to prove their skills on the Eisbach wave. Also if it sounds tempting to go surfing in the middle of Munich, river surfing is very dangerous and therefore only suitable for absolute pros.
Sights in the English Garden
The probably best-known sight in the English Garden is the Chinese Tower, it is said to be the park’s landmark. The tower is centrally located in the southern part of the park. The model for the building erected in 1890 was the pagoda in the royal castle garden Kew Garden in London.
On the first floor of the tower, a brass band creates a merry atmosphere for the adjacent beer garden. The brass band always starts at 3 pm on Wednesdays, at 2 pm on Fridays and at 1 pm on weekends. Children can romp on the playground or ride with historic children’s carousel from 1913. Right next to the tower, there is also the only stand for horse-drawn carriage rides in Munich. Especially in the pre-Christmas period, the carriage rides through the English Garden are an absolute highlight. Also, the Christkindlmarkt with its illuminated booths and an ice rink will invite you to stroll and enjoy.
Behind the Chinese Tower there is the Rumford Hall. Once an officers‘ mess, the building is used as a youth centre today, also known under the name “Natur- & Kulturtreff”.
In the middle of a hill in the English Garden, the Monopteros lies enthroned, a round temple in Greek style. The short ascent is worth it - because from up here you have a wonderful view of the whole park.
The Japanese Teahouse “KanShoAn“ was built on the occasion of the Olympic Games and the town twinning with the Japanese town Sapporo. Regularly, a Japanese tea ceremony takes place here. Also, on every third Sunday in July, the Japanese festival is celebrated.
The high chestnut trees, beeches and ash trees make you forget quickly that you actually are in Bavaria’s capital. An ideal compensation after a stressful sightseeing or shopping tour during your holidays in Munich. Enjoy an excursion to the English Garden and be enchanted by the popular natural and cultural meeting point!