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English Garden

Escape the city and head to one of the world’s largest urban parks, which has lakes and meadows, as well as beer gardens and a variety of interesting relics.

The genesis of the Englischer Garten came in 1789, when a wild area along the River Isar was set aside to become gardens. The garden’s current look can be attributed in large part to the landscape gardener Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell, who envisioned a garden with sweeping English landscape components. The English Garden runs from the city center to the northeastern limits of Munich, covering a total area of around 1.4 square miles (3.6 square kilometers).

The River Isar runs through the English Garden and is a great source of entertainment for locals. The river is used for rafting, swimming and sunbathing – sometimes in the nude. Even surfing is a possibility here in modern-day Munich. The stationary wave, located near a bridge over the Isar, has become a cult attraction, with tour buses stopping to view the surfers. Barbecues are also permitted on the banks of the river in certain designated areas.

One focal point of the garden is the man-made lake, Kleinhesseloher See. Rent a rowboat and drift along with the various geese, ducks and swans that make their homes here. See the Japanese Tea House on a small island in the river, along with the Greek love temple Monopteros and the famous Chinese Tower. This tower is surrounded by a beer garden, and sometimes a traditional oompah band entertains the crowd.

Every season brings a new activity to the garden. In the warmer months, people flock there to picnic in the sunshine. During winter, children sled down the hills, and ice skating is available on the Kleinhesseloher See. Several horse tracks through the park remain open, and beautifully dressed riders can be frequently seen exercising their animals.

Take a carriage ride through the park and see the sights in comfort. The Englischer Garten is accessible on foot or by bike from the city, and a bus stops at the Chinese Tower.


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Hilton Munich Park CA $166
Hilton Munich Park

Hilton Munich Park

Am Tucherpark 7, Munich, BY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Schwabing, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Leopold Street, English Garden and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. Hofbrauhaus and Marienplatz are also within 2 miles (3 km). Giselastrasse U-Bahn is 16 minutes by foot and University U-Bahn is 18 minutes.

    NH Collection München Bavaria CA $143
    NH Collection München Bavaria

    NH Collection München Bavaria

    Arnulfstrasse 2, Munich, BY
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Karlsplatz - Stachus and Technical University of Munich. Marienplatz and Theresienwiese are also within 1 mile (2 km). Central U-Bahn and Munich Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Frederics Residenz am englischen Garten
      Frederics Residenz am englischen Garten

      Frederics Residenz am englischen Garten

      Königinstrasse 26, Munich, Bavaria
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Schwabing, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Chinesischer Turm, English Garden and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. Ludwigskirche and Bavarian State Library are also within 15 minutes. University U-Bahn is 8 minutes by foot and Giselastrasse U-Bahn is 8 minutes.

        Hotel la maison CA $116
        Hotel la maison

        Hotel la maison

        Occamstr. 24, Munich, BY
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Schwabing, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Leopold Street, English Garden and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. Odeonsplatz and Residenz are also within 2 miles (3 km). Munchner Freiheit U-Bahn is only a 5-minute walk and Dietlindenstrasse U-Bahn is 7 minutes.

          The Westin Grand Munich CA $175
          The Westin Grand Munich

          The Westin Grand Munich

          Arabellastr. 6, Munich, BY
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Munich hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of English Garden, Englischer Garden and Bavarian National Museum. Hofbrauhaus and Deutsches Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km). Arabellapark U-Bahn is only a 4-minute walk and Richard-Strauss-Street U-Bahn is 7 minutes.

            Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor - a concept by Hyatt CA $330
            Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor - a concept by Hyatt

            Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor - a concept by Hyatt

            Leopoldstrasse 170, Munich
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Schwabing, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Leopold Street, English Garden, and BMW World. Olympic Park and Olympic Stadium are also within 3 miles (5 km). Dietlindenstrasse U-Bahn is 10 minutes by foot and Bonner Platz U-Bahn is 13 minutes.

              Domus
              Domus

              Domus

              St.-Anna-Str.,31, Munich, Bavaria
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Five Continents Museum, Bavarian State Chancellery and Bavarian National Museum. House of Art and English Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lehel U-Bahn is only a 2-minute walk and Odeonsplatz U-Bahn is 10 minutes.

                Bohemian Residency Zentral Ruhig
                Bohemian Residency Zentral Ruhig

                Bohemian Residency Zentral Ruhig

                Hompeschstraße 4, Munich, Bavaria
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Munich City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bavarian National Museum and English Garden. Hofbrauhaus and Deutsches Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km). Prinzregentenplatz U-Bahn is 12 minutes by foot and Bohmerwaldplatz U-Bahn is 13 minutes.