Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Germany (Munich) - Englischer Garten

Englischer Garten

The Englischer Garten ("English Garden") is a large public park located in the center of Munich. Nude sunbathing in part of the garden has been allowed since the 1960's. The park is only 10 minutes walk from Odeonsplatz or 20 minutes from Marienplatz.

The naturist area is to the west of the Schwabinger Bach stream in the Schonfeldwiese (Schonfeld meadow) and is close to the park entrance nearest to the city centre. Sunbathing even on this side of the stream is not obligatory and a mix of naturists and other sunbathers in various states of undress is the norm.

The Schwabinger Bach and Eisbach ("ice brook") are man made tributaries of the River Isar and both run through the Englischer Garten. It is a fast flowing and ice cool, perfect for a dip on hot summer days. It is possible to surf the Eisbach - there is a 1m standing wave specifically built for surfers. 

There is a beergarden, a 10 minute walk further into the park at the Chinesischer Turm ("Chinese Tower") which also sells typically bavarian food.


Munich Tourism Website

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