Nature, fauna, peace and diversity in the heart of Munich. It is by far my most favourite place in Munich because if you know the right spots like I do, the English Garden is the most beautiful place in the world. Here I share those places with you…
& the places that you should avoid
because so crowded by too many tourists !
The best way to get around the English Garden and to cover all different hot points
I recommend you to just walk around everywhere or rent a bike for 1-2 days to cover the places but more importantly to also enjoy & get the “full” experience.
My top 3 tips:
- Start the day very early to discover the real beauty of the English Garden without any distraction. This way you can also hear the early morning nature happenings and fully enjoy it.
- Bring a sarong / towel and swim shorts.
- Bring some bread to feed the ducks like a local haha.
Where to meet the locals ?
- The English Garden is really crowded so the locals either go really early before they go to work for dog walking, run or a walk or go in the area closer to the Isar River or further south from the city centre.
- Go & get the local flair & lifestyle of real Munich: On the weekends the younger generation of locals go to the area in front of the Monopteros because it’s right next to a little river called Eisbach (where the locals jump in to refresh or even float down) and also good vibes with music, barbecue and drinking beer. Very crowded in summer but so good ! This is where the locals are if they are not going to one of the many lakes Munich has to offer in the outskirts.
- Beergarden at Kleinhesseloher lake: The locals go there after work, on the weekends when the weather is nice. Cheers !
Avoid the tourist trail:
- Enter the English Garden (south part) with their bikes or walk at Odeonsplatz, heading to the Monopteros, then to the beer garden at the Chinese Tower to chill, listen to traditional Bavarian music and drink beer. Some people then continue further north to the Seehaus with a beer garden at the Kleinhesseloher lake.
- Avoid the surfer spot 1. called Eisbachwelle
Surfing in Munich ?
Yes that is true and this is also located in the English Garden. There is actually two spots: 1. the Eisbachwelle, where most tourists go because its closer to the city centre and next to the national museum. 2. Behind the Monopteros called kleine Eisbachwelle but harder to find but less crowded and cooler vibe.
Float down the Eisbach river
It’s so much fun ! Just enter the Eisbach river at the bridge Schwabinger Bach and follow the crowd. This way you float right into the 2. surf spot.
I TRAVEL FOREVER’s VIEW & RECOMMENDATION
The English Garden is my magical place and offer such a variety of things such as Beer, surfing, floating, meditating, beer garden, good vibes, dog walking, paddleboat on Kleinhesseloher lake, sledding, etc. It doesn’t matter whether in winter, summer, spring or autumn, the English Garden rocks !