The Hofgarten in the heart of Munich

Hofgarten im Herbst bei der Residenz, Foto: muenchen.de/Lukas Fleischmann
Foto: muenchen.de/Lukas Fleischmann

Hofgarten: A green oasis, perfect for relaxation

The Hofgarten (Court Garden) is located in the heart of Munich, directly behind the Odeonsplatz, and belongs to the former royal residence. This was once the home and governmental seat of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings. With its majestic flair, the Hofgarten invites its visitors to relax - all year round. Among meadows, flower beds, shady trees and gurgling fountains, everyone is sure to find a relaxing place to sit here.

Impromptu concerts and boule games

Sommer-Bilder 2017, Foto: muenchen.de / Mónica Garduño
Foto: muenchen.de / Mónica Garduño

With its gravel paths, fountains, flower beds, and round pavillion, the Hofgarten tempts many visitors into taking a stroll or enjoying a pause on one of its many benches. Long-time inhabitants of Munich as well as foreign visitors love to come here - above all, to relax. From the pavilion, you can often hear the sound of violins, clarinets or cellos played by a small group of musicians who have taken up abode. Among Munich's inhabitants, the boule players are also well known: when the weather is good, they hold their own tournaments on the gravel paths of the gardens. Café Tombosi, in the Odeonsplatz, also has a few places in the Hofgarten, where you can enjoy a cappuccino or aperitif in the shade of a tree.

History of the Hofgarten

Der Hofgarten im Herbst, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

The Hofgarten came into being as an extension of the former royal palace, the Residenz, at the start of the 17th century under Duke Maximilian I and in line with the style of Italian Renaissance gardens. Walking through its arcades, which enclose the Hofgarten on two sides, you can find different murals depicting moments from the history of the House of Wittelsbach. The very first work of famous Munich architect Leo von Klenze can also be seen in the Hofgarten: the Hofgartentor gate, leading onto Odeonsplatz (1816).

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