A tour through the English Garden in Munich

Englischer Garten im Herbst

Munich's hotspot - the English Garden

The English Garden stands for the Munich spirit of life like nothing else! We show you where you can experience jungle atmosphere, find the perfect Instagram panorama or meet animals...

Perfect Munich panorama at Monopteros

Monopteros im Englischen Garten - Herbst, Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann
Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann

There is always a lot going on at Monopteros - and rightly so: the view from above is amazing and in sunshine the silhouette of the old town is even more impressive. The view is beautiful in every season - and the temple-like Monopteros rotunda from 1836 is a romantic meeting place, especially for couples who have just fallen in love - the sunset view is unsurpassable.

Christmas market or a cool beer at the Chinese Tower

Christkindlmarkt am Chinesischen Turm, Foto: muenchen.de / Mónica Garduño
Foto: muenchen.de / Mónica Garduño

The Chinese Tower with its beer garden is always a worthwhile destination. In winter, a wonderful Christmas market is located there, which even features a curling rink. In the summer months you should stop here and enjoy a beer and listen to the orchestra playing in the tower! It isn't for nothing that the Chinese Tower gets a mention in every single travel guide about Munich.

Stunts for free at the surfer (Eisbach) wave

Surfer am Eisbach

The artifical wave in the English Garden attracts surfers from Munich to Australia all year round. Even for locals the performances are still exciting - and free of charge. In summer, the adrenalin factor is joined by envy: The fearless men and women can finally cool off in the Eisbach! But the experience of the surfer wave is hard to beat in every season, actually. For example, in autumn, autumn, there are less tourists on site and you have a wonderful view of the action below...

Video: The Eisbach surfer in action

Waterfalls like in the jungle

Wasserfall im Englischen Garten, Foto: muenchen.de/ Michael Hofmann
Foto: muenchen.de/ Michael Hofmann

If there is too much hustle and bustle at the surfer wave, you will find a calmer alternative nearby: the waterfalls near the Eisbach wave. Here you can just relax - it's as simple as that. Watch the water masses falling down the stones and think of a more perferct postcard motif - you probably won't find one. Enjoy the jungle atmosphere -  and if you feel like a warm drink or a delicious cake afterwards, head to the Fräuein Grüneis kiosk just a few meters away.

Far East flair at the Japanese teahouse

Das japanische Teehaus im Englischen Garten, Foto: muenchen.de/Lukas Fleischmann
Foto: muenchen.de/Lukas Fleischmann

The English Garden also has a touch of the Far East to offer: Have you ever witnessed an original Japanese tea ceremony? You can make this experience in the Japanese Tea House. Apart from that, the teahouse with its wooden panelling and the surrounding water is also an eye-catcher. By the way, this pretty building is a gift from Munich's twin city Sapporo for the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Relaxation areas around the Isar dam

Das Stauwehr Oberföhring in den Isarauen

The ultimate tip to relax is a walk from the cosy Mini-Hofbräuhaus to the Isar river and along there to the Oberföhring weir: endless green and the Isar river in full size - in other cities people have to travel for a scenery like this, in Munich you have it right on your doorstep.

Animal encounters in the "wild" northern part

Enten im Englischen Garten, Foto: muenchen.de/ Michael Hofmann
Foto: muenchen.de/ Michael Hofmann

And if you want a more romantic setting: Take your time and walk through the northern part of the English Garden along the Oberstjägermeisterbach to the so-called Schwammerlweiher (Mushroom pond) with its small island. If you are lucky, you will meet ducklings there and it is usually wonderfully quiet.  In the somewhat wilder northern part of the English Garden you may spot even more animals: In the summer months a huge flock of sheep graze here. Most of the time the sheep can be found in the area east of the Nordfriedhof U-Bahn (underground), sometimes their shepherd walks them to other areas of the park.  If you don't find them, just follow the "baaahs".

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