The special thing about Munich is the many green areas that seem to defy the hectic city life and invite you to relax. Whether for a short break during the visit of Munich’s sights or for a whole day in the nature: Here is an overview of Munich’s most beautiful city parks.
Maximiliansanlagen (Maximilian Park)
Characterized by the 38-meter-high angel of peace in the center, the 30-acre park with many terraces invites you to relax. The park is located right on the river Isar and passes through the Bogenhausen and Haidhausen districts. The Maximilian Park in Munich is the ideal place for a short break during the sightseeing program. Here are often significantly less people than in the world-famous English Garden.
Petuelpark (Garden areas on the Petuelring)
For years, the two city districts Schwabing and Milbertshofen were separated by one of Munich’s main roads, the “Mittlerer Ring”. But the two landscape architects Jühling and Bertram got the idea to roll the traffic in a tunnel and create a modern and beautiful city park with a long promenade for leisurely and numerous walks, lawns and play areas. Since the year 2004, the Petuelpark is a green oasis, not only for the residents, located where once drove thousands of cars every day.
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Hofgarten in Munich
The Hofgarten in Munich was built in 1613 in the Italian Renaissance style. Located in the heart of Munich, only a few steps from Platzl Hotel Munich away and surrounded by arcades, the Munich Residence and the Bavarian State Chancellery, this garden is still one of the most beautiful city parks. Especially worth seeing is the pavilion for the goddess Diana located in the middle of the courtyard. If you are lucky, you can listen to a concert or watch a dance here.
Isarauen (Isar banks)
A beautiful recreation area for many visitors are the parks along the river Isar with countless hiking and biking trails. Marked trails lead into the city, to the English Garden or even to a small lake for swimming, the Unterföhringer See. Relax on the large lawns and enjoy the time with your family on various playgrounds.
English Garden in Munich
The city park with an area of 4.17 km² is one of the largest city parks in the world. Its name refers to the style the park was built. The English Garden in Munich offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Whether you want to do a running training on the 78-kilometer of trails, enjoy reading a book or lying next to a small river with a cold drink or a beer – in the English Garden everybody will find a place to rest, relax and enjoy. World-famous is the 25 meters high Chinese Tower. There is also one of the largest beer gardens of Munich located around the Chinese Tower. Here you can enjoy a cooled liter of beer and listen to Bavarian live music regularly on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The musicians themselves are located on a plateau of the Chinese Tower.
Those who prefer a less crowded place to relax should take a walk to the northern part of the English Garden, which is also called Hirschau. Here you can relax in the nature and escape the daily routine.
Tip: Enjoy a warm summer evening in the beer garden or restaurant at the “Kleinhesseloher See” (a small lake between the southern and the northern part of the English Garden). The restaurant” is open all year round and offers fine, traditional cuisine and a beautiful view of the lake. In summer, the accompanying beer garden is probably one of the most popular and most beautiful beer gardens in the city.
Olympic Park in Munich
Built in the years between 1968 and 1972 the Olympic Park was constructed for the XX. Summer Olympic Games 1972. It is regarded as a good example of the Post-Olympic use of venues. Besides of being a recreation area with a variety of sports facilities, the park is also a location for various cultural and social events such as the festival Tollwood or the summer festival impark in August.
There are also offered Olympic Park tours and attractive sports activities for visitors.
Tip: Combine your trip to the Olympic Park with a visit of the BMW Museum or the BMW World.
The West Park with an area of 74 ha was crated for the International Garden Exhibition in 1983. It is based on the landscapes of the Alpine foothills. One of the highlights auf the park is a beautiful rose garden with 500 different species of roses which is surrounded by hills, valleys and two major lakes.
The western part of the garden impresses with elements of East Asia, such as a Thai sala or a Japanese garden. Two beer gardens, a cafe and a restaurant invite you to make a short break and enjoy the sunshine.
Enjoy relaxing hours in these beautiful city parks of Munich! Which park is your favorite?