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Posted on September 25, 2016 by Sioux under General
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I stopped off at The Englischer Garten, a park area close to the city centre and covering an area of 3.7 km2

(larger than Central Park in New York). It is one of the world’s largest urban public parks and contains a famous nudist area, numerous bicycle and jogging tracks as well as bridle-paths, and is considered the

“green lung” of Munich.

 

Originally designed as a pleasure area for the working class and a work area for the city’s vagrants and

homeless; nowadays it is entirely a park, with the southern half getting very crowded in the summertime.  

Then it was onto the bus and off the visit the Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace). A massive place, surrounded by an impressive park and considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful royal residences. The palace was commissioned by the prince-electoral couple,  Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide of Savoy in 1664 after the birth of their son Maximilian II Emanuel. 

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In contrast, the less-frequented northern area is

quieter, more idyllic and natural-seeming, 

resembling more of a natural preserve than an

urban public park.

 

Multiple Biergartens can be found in both parts of the Englischer Garten, the most well-known being located at the Chinese Pagoda.    

Munich has a reputation as a surfing hotspot, offering the world’s best known river surfing spot, the Eisbach Wave, which is located at the southern edge of  the Englischer Garten park and used by surfers day and night and throughout the year.   

I watched the surfers for a while, and then ambled through the massive park. It wasn’t very full as I was there during office hours, and the place was serene and peaceful.

The central pavilion was completed in 1675. The castle was gradually                                                                           expanded and transformed over the years. The palace, together with its park, is now one of the most famous sights of Munich. The baroque                                                                                facades comprise an overall width of about 700 metres. Some rooms still show their original baroque decoration while others were later                                                                                        redesigned in rococo or neoclassical style. The 200-hectare park, initially designed as an Italian garden, was redone in the English manner during the early 19th century.

The park is bisected by the long western canal along the principal axis which leads from the palace to the marble cascade (decorated with stone figures of Greek and Roman gods) in the west. The palace and its park were some of the main filming locations of Alain Resnais’s 1961 movie Last Year at Marienbad. Ludwig, a 1972 film directed by Italian director Luchino Visconti about the life and death of King Ludwig II, was partly filmed in Nymphenburg. The Dressage Facility for the equestrian events of the 1972 Summer Olympics was created in the Nymphenburg park.    

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2 responses to “Munich part 2 – English Gardens and Palaces”

  1. Paul says:

    The water the surfer’s are surfing in, looks decidedly dirty???

  2. Pauline Smith says:

    Hi there – the area does look so serene and I love the bubbles… Didn’t you feel like popping one??

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