Munich - English Garden

Posted on: 03-20-2010
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English Garden

Munich's English Garden was created in 1789 - an oasis in the heart of the city. The city has an American, Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, a Bavarian minister of war and a social reformer to thank for this park.

The northern swampland of the Isar was originally intended for military use. The idea of a national park, though, was soon realised. The park was used for agriculture and model farms, tree schools, a sheepfarm and an agriculture school were created. In 1989 the English Garden celebrated its bicentenary with a spectacular cultural program.
From the Monopterus - a Greek style round temple - you have a picturesque view of the Munich skyline.
The lake "Kleinhesselhoher See" in the heart of the park boasts three islands, a lake house (Seehaus) and a pedal boat rental company. Just in front of the Effnerbrücke an amphitheatre was created in 1984/85. At the northern end of the park is the Aumeister with its extensive beer garden.
The English Garden maintains its natural beauty and romantic wildness. It is a garden for the people. On the countless paths through the park one sees all kinds of leisure activities - parents playing with their children, people playing with their dogs, sun worshippers and students from the nearby university reading and philosophising. Fans of tea culture can meet in the Japanese teahouse (buit in 1972 by the Japanese architect Mitsuo Nomara), where one can experience the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
One of Munich's famous beer gardens is located in the English Garden: the Chinese tower, built between 1789 and 1790. In winter you will find a small Christmas fair with arts and crafts, Santa Claus and nativity scene under the roof of the Chinese pagoda.
The park is well known for nude sunbathing. In the area in and around the horse track (near Universität) it is officially permitted (under the Bavarian Naked Bathing Regulation Act) to be naked. In German this is called FKK (Frei Körper Kulture = Free Body Culture).
English Garden

Source: http://www.munich-info.de/portrait/p_egarten_en.html
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