The English Garden: Germany’s Largest City Park
December 20 2016
Germany certainly has some impressive city parks, both in size and landscaping. Think of Tiergarten in Berlin, for example. But what’s the biggest? It’s actually in Munich and is strangely called the English Garden, alluding to its informal landscaping style that was popular in England when it was created in the late 1800s.
With the fast running Isar River along its eastern border, one of the most famous things to see in the English Garden is the surfers at the Eisbach, where the river is funneled through a narrow enclosure, causing never-ending waves to form. People come from all over the world and surf here, no matter the weather. There aren’t many city parks where you can watch cute guys in skin tight wet suits (or even better, shirtless in summer) repeatedly fall off their surfboards!
The English Garden is also a great place to be active yourself. With wide and relatively even paths, it’s a good place to go biking or for a run, or just a walk if you’re not feeling quite energetic enough for that yourself.
It’s also a pretty romantic place to hang out in a secluded spot with someone special, especially in autumn, as the leaves turn and you’re surrounded in a sea of yellow, orange, and brown.
And while there, make sure to pay a visit to the Chinese Tower in the centre of the park, which was modelled after the Great Pagoda in the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, London. It serves as a unique centre point of one of Munich’s most well-known beer gardens, and is the perfect place to sit and drink a heavy stein of Bavarian beer on a hot summer’s day.
There are plenty of fun things to do in the city of Munich, as well as some great vegan eats to be found, but don’t miss visiting the English Garden when you’re in the Bavarian capital for a unique slice of nature in the middle of a city!
Have you ever been to the English Garden or Munich? If so, what’d you think? Any suggestions for things to see and do in the area? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!