The English Garden was created by an American in 1789. Nevertheless, the city park was named English Garden because the English landscape gardens served as a role model at that time.
Englischer Garten

More than just a city park

An oasis of green right in the middle of Munich: the Englische Garten (English Garden) is equivalent to the size of around 640 football pitches, making it the largest inner city park in the world.

If you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of the city, you can wander around its woods, meadows, streams and lakes, which stretch from Odeonsplatz far into the northern part of the city – breathe in the fresh air and blow the cobwebs away. To experience the Munich lifestyle at its finest, visit one of the park’s four beer gardens – Aumeister, the Chinesische Turm (the Chinese Tower), Hirschau or Seehaus.

Elector Karl Theodor first commissioned the park as a municipal garden for the people of the city over 225 years ago. It was originally known as Theodors Park, though this name was soon replaced by Englische Garten on account of its style which eschewed the geometric design of a French Baroque garden in favour of the natural style of an English country park.

More about this: Our author, an enthusiastic hobby gardener, tries to find out why the lawn in the Englischer Garten is always so perfectly green: Nothing is greener

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Photo: Jörg Lutz