Along the River Isar
Primarily the south side of the park (Prinzregentenstrasse to Mittlerer Ring) is very popular in summer – it’s all about seeing and being seen, whether in a teahouse or brewery; things quieten down as one heads north (Mittlerer Ring – Freimann). And after the Ring, one is then in the midst of the solitude of paradisiacal nature.
The Eisbach Wave – Surfing in Munich
The Eisbach Wave is further evidence that one can get truly anything in Munich – even the perfect wave for a board. That’s why not only locals but also surfers from all over the world throw themselves into the twelve-metre-wide Eisbach. The scene meets up at the Haus der Kunst, in the south part of the park. But caution: Even though it may sound tempting, river surfing is dangerous and therefore only for absolute professionals.
The Monopteros, a round, Greek-style temple, sits right in the middle of a hilltop in the English Garden. Walking up the slight incline is worth it – from this point one has a fantastic view of the entire green. The surrounding meadows are a favourite place for sunbathing in summer, and in winter when the first snow falls, the hill becomes a sleigh run.
The Chinese Tower in the south section is considered to be a landmark of the park. Yet its origins hail back to the British Isles: The basis for the construction built in 1890 was the pagoda in Kew Gardens, the royal palace gardens in London. Four times a week, a brass band plays from the first floor of the Chinese Tower to the beer garden below: Wednesdays from 3.00 p.m., Fridays from 2.00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 1.00 p.m. Next to a large playground there is also a historical children’s carousel which dates back to the year 1913.
Aumeister beer garden
The further north one goes, the more peaceful the garden experience is. The Aumeister beer garden is located in the conservation area of the Isar wetlands and is reputed to be one of the most beautiful beer gardens in the city. Cyclists take a break here to enjoy a cold pint and urban hikers sustain themselves with good German cuisine.
Snack break meets kiosk. Right between the English Garden and Schwabing there is a new place to go for fast-serve soft drinks and sweets as well as small sides. At Gunezrainerstrasse 6 one can purchase all one needs for a picnic, or simply relax in the lounge chairs and watch fellow idlers go by.
Pedal boat rides
Summer is here and that means: Isn’t it time to get away from the hustle and bustle and sunbathe on the green? A trip to the shore is just the ticket. In the centre of the English Garden on Kleinhesseloher See one can hire pedal and rowboats and cruise around the little islands accompanied by quacking ducks.