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Munich's English Garden

Surfer on the Eisbach - Picture © Geneviève Dodin
Surfer on the Eisbach - Picture © State of Bavaria Quebec Office

With an area of 4,17 km2 the English Garden is the largest city park in Germany and one of the world’s largest public urban parks (New York’s Central Park, for example, has an area of 3,4 km2, while Montreal’s Mont-Royal spreads over 2,14 km2). It was the first public garden on continental Europe, its name is derived from the fact that it was laid out on the model of English landscape gardening.

Created in 1789 the English Garden is situated in the heart of Munich and offers many leisure activities: Not only is the park used for picnicking in summer by hundreds of people, you can also go for a swim in the Eisbach, an icy stream running through the area, and enjoy a beer in several different beer gardens, such as the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower) or the Seehaus (“lake house”) at the Kleinhesseloher Lake.

Aside from the Chinese Tower, the Monopteros, built in 1936, is certainly one of the most splendid buildings in the English Garden. It is a circular Greek style temple located on a hill in the center of the park.

One of the most special attractions of the English Garden are the surfers in the Eisbach: A stone step constructed under water at the mouth of the stream creates a standing wave that can be used for surfing all year round. Spectators can watch the expert surfers perform daring stunts from a bridge on Prinzregentenstraße.

Learn more: www.schloesser.bayern.de