The Parks of Munich: Westpark Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) CC BY-SA 3.0

The Parks of Munich: Westpark

By  Saturday, 21.11.2015, 18:10    Tourist Sites

Not as large or as famous as the Englischer Garten, the green space that is Westpark is nonetheless is deeply appreciated by residents in the western part of the city, a natural oasis with plenty of entertainment options as well as open spaces for walking, cycling and jogging. Check out the magic greenery from above in this video.

Designed by Peter Kluska and completed in 1983, the same year it hosted the International Garden Expo, Westpark covers 720,000m2, and is 2.6 wide from east to west, interspersed by Garmischer Strasse. In addition to biergartens, and lakes which offer not only boating, but also open air movies, live music and theatre in summer, there is a spectacular rose garden with more than 500 species and 20,000 roses in all, as well as a fascinating Asian garden.

Arranged for the original 1983 exhibit, four of the original Asian gardens have been preserved, including the very first authentic Chinese garden in Europe, a Japanese garden from sister city Sapporro (whose close links date back to the 1972 Olympics),  a Nepali pagoda carved by 200 masters, and a free-standing Thai-Sala, where one can find the first consecrated Gautama Buddha statue in all Germany.

A spacious and delightfully varied addition to Munich's outdoor life. The closest U-Bahn is U6 at Westpark.

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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 (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, 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, 

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