Englischer Garten Munich: The largest inner city park in the world!

by - 11/03/2022

 So when you are in Munchen, Germany, you might wonder why to visit a garden right? This place will pop up in every list of To Do things or places to visit. And you might plan to skip it, like my husband. What's so special in a garden? It would be just a park to jog and walk right? Well no! This is no ordinary park or garden. Spread over 3.7 square kilometres, it's the world's largest urban park. And not just the size, it is definitely one of the prettiest sites in Munich.




It is very easy to reach there by public transport. Thankfully there are no entry fees. There are several spots to visit in the garden and the greenery will take your breath away. We visited during September and the leaves had already started changing colours. 




Now why is it called the English Garden? Because it does not have a definite architecture (read Baroque) like French Gardens. Whatever it is, you can witness a river, lake, small hills and various other variations here.




The Japanese Teahouse and Garden: Since we visited early in the morning, it was closed. It's by a stretch of water and very pretty from outside.

It was mid September and the leaves had started changing. It was indeed a wonderful sight.

Kleinhesseloher See: It's hard to imagine how such a vast lake can be within the premises of a garden. See means lake in German. Of course this lake is manmade and there are 3 islands in this lake.

Eisbachwelle: There are tonnes of other attractions in the garden but we had limited time. So this was our final stop and definitely the most exciting. We had never witnessed anything like this before.

Munich may be a land locked city but that doesn't deter the people from surfing. In the entry to the garden, the Eisbach river gushes to provide surfing waves to surfers. In fact, the Eisbachwelle is the largest, best and most consistent city centre location for river surfing. Surfers from all over the world come here and this has been going on for 40 years!


We were stuck in awe! Firstly, it was our first river surfing experience. Secondly, it was completely novel to us that surfing could be done like this! It was such a sight! It was a Sunday that maybe that explained the innumerable surfers waiting to catch the wave.

There are innumerable spots that deserve a visit. But of course you need ample time for that. The Monopteros, sculptures of eminent people like Chopin, Confucius and all, they all deserve a special mention. 

The iconic Monopteros in the backdrop.

We had our flight back home at night so we had to return. Even on time crunch, we had spent more than 4 hours in the garden. 

If you are visiting Munich, don't skip this place thinking it's just a garden. It's in fact a small piece of paradise.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla.

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26 comments

  1. englischer garden seems like a great place to enjoy natural beauty and spend some quality time with family. would love to visit this garden, if get a chance to visit Munich someday in future.

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  2. This garden in Munich is really special. Of course its massive size makes it unique, but it looks so enchanting too. It must be a lovely experience strolling through this lovely garden. Sandy N Vyjay

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  3. Honest confession, I am like your husband as far as gardens are concerned. The englischer garden has changed my mind. Given the dreamy photographs I shall surely visit this place if and when I get an opportunity.

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  4. Thats a beautiful park. This is the 1st time I am hearing about this. Thanks for sharing. Will show my husband too.

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  5. True! It looks like a paradise & u an angel.

    The lake is so mesmerising & even though it’s manmade it’s still alluring.

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  6. The place looks really picturesque and peaceful. It seems a great place for nature lovers like me. Your beautiful pictures are compelling me to visit the place soon.

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  7. wow such a beautiful place to visit. surely going to add it too my wish list. Thanks for detail post

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  8. Wow that lake is so clean!!!

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  9. This garden is so amazing! I never knew how much I'll be mesmerised by nature as I grew older. I guess nature have a soft side in me compared to buildings which now everywhere. This is such a great place to go to!Appreciate you sharing!-MommyWithAGoal

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  10. What a pristine place it I Mandira and good that u didn't skip it. My husband's been to Munich but I don't remember him mentioning Englischer Garten.. I guess he also thot, 'it's just a garden.' The surfing place is really wow n unbelievable loved your pics as usual.

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  11. What a beautiful park to enjoy with family. Hope I can visit this Munich but still like the virtual tour. Beautiful pictures of the place and your too.

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  12. This looks so lovely and the pictures are raw and exactly how it should be. I absolutely loved them.

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  13. Such a beautiful place and so picturesque. Seems to be Munich's version of Central Park. All cities need such lungs to escape the pollution. As always, enjoyed reading your travelogue.

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  14. Such a beautiful place it is dear... There are reasons of liking the place and yes its the beautiful colors of flora and fauna in this garden... I had the same feeling when I visited the Orchid Garden In Singapore.... Beautiful colors all around are ready to bring colors to your life

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  15. Lovely pics. This looks like a beautiful garden. Not too lavish but so beautiful. I love visiting such parks in spring and autumn. The colors are perfect.

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  16. This seems like an amazing garden to visit. Though not sure if I will ever visit Germany as such but your photos look amazing and the garden is very pretty.

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  17. Englischer garden seems to be a great place to enjoy the natural beauty and spend quality time with friends & family. I've been to beautiful gardens in Dubai and Singapore. I hope to visit Germany as well.
    -Anjali

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  18. WOW! just splendid to read about this - " Spread over 3.7 square kilometres, it's the world's largest urban park."

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  19. You are right.... surfing & river are never thought of together. What a fun idea! My cousin has moved to Munich....will get her to go visit this place.

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  20. Loved the pics. You gave me a virtual tour, actually. In Hyderabad, the KBR park near my house is a huge sanctuary and in the heart of the city.

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  21. This is such a scenic place something like most of us would love to visit, have saved this post for future reference.

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  22. What breathtaking clicks soo beautiful, and definitely the name says it all

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  23. Never knew about surfing on a river. Great post - Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Your posts always cover the real gems of a destination!

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  25. I love visiting garden as I feel it takes me closer to the nature. Loved all the pics and Ya I too fascinated the way surfing in done there. Must visit place for sure.

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  26. It's been such a long time I have visited a garden. So want to revisit my childhood again

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