View of the city of Munich from the hill in Luitpold Park.

Luitpoldpark

Ruby-red roses in the “secret park”

Fields of ruby-red roses bloom in all their glory on the hills; joggers make their way around the grounds under chestnut trees, and in the background the Olympic tower stands out in striking fashion. Despite its fantastic location, Luitpoldpark is not overcrowded and is still considered an insider tip even among Munich residents.

The Luitpold Park: recreational sports and relaxation at any time of year

The Luitpoldpark (Lupo) has everything the heart could possibly desire: Between the wonderful old trees dotted around, slackliners stretch their rubber ropes before covering record-breaking distances in the open air, all the time being admired for their balancing skills by walkers, cyclists and sunbathers lounging in the meadows. Joggers take to the shade of the park’s magnificent chestnut trees, which during late summer release enormous conkers that are eagerly collected by visiting families. In winter, you can be sure to enjoy first-class sledging here: During a rapid downhill ride, adrenalin-seekers experience a 30-metre descent down the mountain. Given that the toboggan run is protected from the sun on the park’s northern slope, the snow survives a particularly long time.

Gastronomy in Luitpold Park: from the baroque pavilion to picnics

For those looking to relax, why not get together with friends at the Biergarten am Bamberger Haus, a neo-Baroque castle, which boasts a magnificent ballroom, the Zum Ferdinand (austrian restaurant) and the Ciao Francesco (italian eatery). And for those keen to party, feel free to spread out your picnic blankets on the wide meadows in Luitpoldpark, unfold the beer table and benches and hang balloons from the trees.

 

Attractions for children in Luitpoldpark

Children can explore a hedge maze and enjoy lots of playful fun at the Pumuckl-Brunnen (fountain), which spurts water at passers-by at irregular intervals. And for those of you still in search of the ideal day out, why not grab your swimming trunks – the idyllic Georgenschwaige (outdoor pool) is situated behind the romantic allotment gardens. On Sundays, the city of Munich provides blow-up bouncy animals and balancing equipment free of charge to be used during kids' play afternoons throughout the year.. Here, your little ones can learn how to spin plates or walk on stilts. During weekday evenings, visitors both young and old are invited to do yoga, gymnastics or Zumba under the guidance of trained instructors.

The history of Luitpoldpark

The Lupo is seen by many as the most well-kept park in the city. City workers are constantly toiling to weed the ruby-coloured beds of roses on the Schuttberg (rubble mountain). It stands 37 metres high and was built from the rubble of the houses, which were bombed during the Second World War.

A bronze cross sits atop in commemoration of the victims. Narrow serpentine paths lead visitors through the shade of dense trees. Once at the top, people can enjoy a fabulous panoramic view that stretches above and beyond the Ludwigskirche and half of Schwabing to the Allianz Arena and the Olympic Tower. Once at Föhn, the imposing backdrop of the Alps envelops all.

The park’s origin stretches back to Bavaria's Prince Regent Luitpold. In 1911, he turned 90 – and in fitting style, the city planted 90 lime trees around a beautiful obelisk. In view of the fact that Munich enjoyed a rapid northward expansion from Maxvorstadt at the turn of the century, space simply had to be created for pastures green. The development of a 33-acre public park was the result.

 

 

Text: München Tourismus; Photos: Frank Stolle

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