Are you looking for another memorable stop to make while visiting Munich? The Englische Garten (“English Garden”) is one of the largest urban parks in the world and has a relaxing atmosphere with a beautiful view of the city. The garden is even larger than New York’s Central Park.
Stretching north from Prinzregentenstrasse for about 5km, it was commissioned by Elector Karl Theodor in 1789 and designed by Benjamin Thompson, an American-born scientist working as an advisor to the Bavarian government.
Today, the Englische Garten offers numerous activities. Cyclists and joggers train on the 78-kilometer-long (48.5 miles) network of paths, and amateur soccer players meet on the fields for recreational games. Most recommend renting a bike or a rowboat to explore the entire park.
With 7,000 spots, the beer garden in the English Garden is Munich’s second largest. The Chinesischer Turm is a 25-meter-high structure similar to the beautiful pagodas in the gardens of the Chinese emperors. The tower, built at the end of the eighteenth century, was bombed during World War II and rebuilt to its original design. It houses Munich’s second largest beer garden.
There’s also a Japanese teahouse, built in 1972 to celebrate the summer Olympics. Traditional Japanese tea ceremonies are held here regularly. Don’t be surprised if you see nude sunbathers in the Englischer Garten. The area between the Japanese tea garden and Greek temple, nicknamed the Beautiful Meadow, has been a favorite spot for sunbathing in the raw since the 1960s.
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