Covering an area of 4.17 square kilometres, the Englischer Garten in Munich is bigger than Central Park in New York and Hyde Park in London. It is an exceptionally beautiful parkland landscape which offers plenty of space for recreation and exploration.
It is hard to imagine a more beautiful oasis than Munich’s Englischer Garten (English Garden). It is over 200 years old and criss-crossed by countless footpaths and bridle paths; masterful landscaping has created a park of breathtaking beauty. Children can play safely or kick a football across the open expanses of grass; other visitors spread out rugs and enjoy a picnic beneath the blue-and-white Bavarian skies or dangle their feet in the cooling waters of one of the streams. Here you can enjoy everyday pleasures which are by no means available everywhere.
Not far away is the “Chinesischer Turm” (Chinese Tower), 25 metres high and surrounded by the second-largest beer garden in Munich. Would you like to experience some true Bavarian culture? A brass band plays here on Sundays. At Christmas you will find one the most romantic christmas market around the Chinesischer Turm.
At the northern end of the park lies a lake, the “Kleinhesseloher See”, in the heart of the city between the districts of Schwabing and Bogenhausen. Its waters are shallow, so even children can safely explore the lake in one of rowing or pedal boats which are available for hire. The restaurant “Seehaus” lies directly on the lakeshore and is a pleasant place to relax and enjoy good food. It is a fashionable place where you can witness spectacular sunsets without leaving the city. It is often quite crowded in the evenings and on Saturdays and Sundays. If you prefer a quieter atmosphere, you can still enjoy the view during the daytime on Monday to Friday.
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