Green green green, oh my! Munich’s city park, the 18th-century Englischer Garten is one of the largest parks in not only Germany, but in all of Western Europe. No small praise, but it’s this idea of lush greenery that keeps visitors coming to Munich year after year and keeps locals loving the outdoor scene. If you’ve heard about the many and sundry “gartens” available to you during your visit, you should get out there (perhaps on a bike) and go see them. If you haven’t, it’s not too late – here are some of Munich’s best.
1) Englischer Garten is the brainchild of Sir Benjamin Thompson, an English scientist who spent the majority of his life in service to the Germans – hence the name. In this large and expansive garden, you can wander for hours and lose yourself in the trees and flowers, gawk at the nude sunbathers (yes, it’s true) or refresh over a cup of tea at the Chinese pagoda.
2) Bortanischer Garten is another popular destination. Composed of 54 acres of sprawling grassland, the area is home to over 15,000 varieties of flora. From ferns, to heather, to roses, the Bortanisher Garten is truly one for the nature lovers. Here you can stroll the lands and view each section which are all devoted to a particular plant variety.
3) The Munich Court Garden has been around since 1613, and today serves as a beautiful homage to a bygone way of life. The original garden was an elaborate, delicate conglomeration of fruit trees, fountains and arcades. Today, not only do these original gardens still stand, but one can receive a history lesson while touring these amazing grounds. Not to be missed.