Idyllic situated on the river Isar is the English Garden in Munich. With an area of 375 hectares it is one of the largest parks in the world whose three large areas are nestled between the historic centre and the districts of Schwabing and Bogenhausen. Like any English Garden it is designed as a natural looking landscape. In addition to the wide variety of species the garden offers glorious buildings and monuments as well as numerous romantic views to the picturesque areas of the garden.
The history of the English Garden in Munich
The prince Carl Theodor was devoted to a large restoration of Munich, which included in 1789 the military garden. He wanted that his soldiers developed in this project agricultural skills as well as use the gardens to relax and find peace. In the same year a public park was created, which first received the name of the prince, however, soon was known for its modern style as an English garden. This garden was extended in 1800 and received under the gardener Friedrich von Sckell its present appearance.
The design of the park
A total length of 78 km numerous trails run through the picturesque landscaped of the park. Relax under the variety of native tree species that provide shady areas when the sun is high over Munich. The idyllic parts on Schwabinger Bach as well as the great lake promise visitors of the English Garden in Munich to cool down.
In the park you will find next to the magnificent plants some fantastic park buildings: the Rumford House is a small castle in the classical style, the round temple with its crowned dome as well as the mighty stone bench belong to this era of architecture. Enjoy Far Eastern flair in the Japanese garden and the teahouse in the park, where every year the Japanese festival takes place. Even the Chinese tower, which is a copy of the Kew Garden Pagoda, reflects Asian enthusiasm of the 18th century. Relax around the tower in Munich's second largest beer garden.