The English Garden is more than just a park, the garden is the green heart of Munich. The most famous beer gardens such as the Chinese Tower and the Seehaus are located here. The English Garden was created in 1789 on the model of English gardens. The landscape planner Friedrich Ludwig Sckell had previously designed the Schönbusch Park in Aschaffenburg. The English Garden in Munich follows the same scheme, but is intended as a public park for the citizens and not as a ruler's private garden.
The English Garden is with 375 ha larger than Central Park in New York (350 ha). However, the English Garden is divided into a northern and a southern park by the Isarring. The southern part is the well-known part of the English Garden, here is the beer garden at the Chinese Tower, the beer garden Seehaus, the Monopteros (photo), the Eisbach and the Japanese tea house.
The naked on the Schönfeldwiese slowly die out. The young people of Munich think little of nudism in the English Garden.
The northern part is also called Hirschau. There are large meadows and forests that are crossed by streams. There are plans by the city of Munich to put the Isarring underground and thus reunite the English Garden into one large park.
At the entrance to the "English Garden" at Prinzregenten Straße, the "Eisbach" (Ice Creek) offers a permanent wave, which is used by surfers. On the weekend many spectators gather to watch the brave surfers.
The river "Isar" springs in Austria and flows into the Danube near Deggendorf. In Munich the Isar has a wide river bed with gravel surfaces on the shore, which is used for barbecue, fishing and bathing. North of the city center, there are large floodplain forests.
The "Old Botanical Garden" was opened in 1812. The entrance portal with an inscription from Goethe is still preserved. After the "New Botanical Garden" was opened 1914 in Nymphenburg, a park with a neptune fountain, a beer garden and an exhibition hall were constructed on the site.
If you drive up the winding road from Kochel am See to the "Walchensee", you suddenly reache another world. Up here one is surrounded by grandiose nature and except on the week end almost alone. For people from North America this is probably nothing special, but in Germany remote places like this are hard to find.