"Englischer Garten" Englischer Garten Tip by Nemorino

Englischer Garten, Munich: 99 reviews and 144 photos

  1. Kleinhesseloher See with beer garden
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  • 1. Kleinhesseloher See with beer garden - Munich
      1. Kleinhesseloher See with beer garden
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  • 2. Map of the many paths in the English Garden - Munich
      2. Map of the many paths in the English Garden
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  • 3. Surfer on the Eisbach - Munich
      3. Surfer on the Eisbach
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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.

Directions: Northeast of the town centre
Phone: +49 - 89 38666390
Website: http://www.muenchen.de/int/en/sights/parks/english-garden.html

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  • Updated Jun 27, 2014
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