Englischer Garten from Monopteros by Ludmiła Pilecka Englischer Garten from Monopteros by Ludmiła Pilecka CC BY-SA 3.0

The Parks of Munich: Englischer Garten

By  Thursday, 12.11.2015, 10:47    Tourist Sites

If you are looking for the lungs of Munich, there is only one place to consider - the Englischer Garten (English Garden), a 3.73km2 green area in the heart of the city which is one of the largest urban parks in the world, bigger even than Central Park. Boasting 8.75km of streams, more than 75km of paths and walkways, over 100 bridges and a breeding ground for 50-60 species of birds, the Englischer Garten is a natural paradise accessible from the centre in just a short walk. The peace and tranquility afforded in such a central location is something one would struggle to find in most cities in the world. And whatever the season, the Englischer Garten is magnificent. Consider the four seasons in the videos below:

Englischer Garten in Spring.

Englischer Garten in Summer.

Englischer Garten in Autumn.

Englischer Garten in Winter.

Joggers, walkers, cyclists, young families, FKK lovers, it seems everyone is drawn to the expansive open spaces, a perfect escape from the pressures of city life, and the ideal location to catch up with friends over a lunch break. And while the path, streams and open spaces may be the main attraction, the Englischer Garten has plenty of surprises for those who are looking for something a little more interesting. Did you know, for example, that it is home to an amphitheatre, where concerts are performed in the summer

And for the adrenaline junkies, many are surprised to learn that the Englischer Garten  is home to 12-month a year surfing. Check out the amazing Eisbach surfers below, who are riding the waves every day of the year, whatever the weather.

Close by, and for something a little more tranquil, there is a chance to combine the serene nature with traditional Japanese culture, at the Japanese Tea Garden, a gift from the people of Sapporo, who shared an Olympic date with Munich in 1972. Time your visit well and enjoy the annual Japanese festival. Check out the Japanese tea garden and annual festival below.

And for something altogether more social and continuing the Asian theme, the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower) is one of the most popular spots in the Englischer Garten, with a lively beer garden and excellent restaurant. The park truly is a gem for residents and tourists alike.

The creation of the Englischer Garten dates back to the 18th century, and ironically it was the brainchild of an American (the English aspect of its name refers to the type of garden), Sir Benjamin Thompson, later Count Rumford, the Bavarian Minister of War under elector Carl Theodor. What started out as a project to create some agricultural area for the military to engage in agriculture quickly expanded as the area of Hirschau was decreed a park for the enjoyment of the people of Munich, something the people of Munich have been doing ever since...


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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (www.croatia-split.com), Total Hvar (www.total-hvar.com) and Total Inland Dalmatia (www.total-inland-dalmatia.com), as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, www.bossandblogger.com 

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