Designed as far back as the 1780s, Munich’s Englischer Garten, or English Garden, occupies approximately 1.5 square-miles of the city’s ground. Stretching from the city center to its northeastern limits, the Garden is one of the world’s largest public parks, and should duly be on every visitors list of go-to destinations in Munich.
The name “English Garden” stems from the English style of landscaping that was used in the Garden’s design, thus providing the park with a lush variety of flora, as well as over 50 species of birds that call the Garden home.
The English Garden has a little bit of everything, making it a perfect destination for travelers with varied interests. There are many different attractions throughout the park inspired by many international cultures and civilizations. In celebration of the Summer Olympics of 1972, for example, a Japanese tea-house and accompanying garden were built as a gift from a Kyoto tea-house from the host country of Japan. There is also a hilltop temple, the Monopteros, which was built when an early Apollo Temple collapsed. The traditional Greek structure includes a copper-covered dome, ionic columns and is a very romantic spot.
Other attractions include a Chinese Pagoda, a Palladian hall called the Rumford-Saal, an idyllic lake, an open-air amphitheater and various impressive sculptures and monuments around the grounds. Visitors should also be aware that between the Monopteros and the Japanese tea-house lies the Schönfeldwiese (or Schönfeld Meadow), where nude sunbathing has been a common practice since the 1960s.