When it’s time to escape the hustle and bustle, head off to explore Munich’s parks and squares dotted around the city. From the English Garden (Englischer Garten), a 360ha park filled with greenery, ponds, a wave pool and laidback beer gardens, to the Hofgarten, a beautiful park behind one of the busiest squares in Munich, you have plenty of opportunity to explore the city’s tranquil side. Be sure to pay a visit to the Angel of Peace, and take a moment to try and snap the perfect picture just as the sun goes down.
English Garden Munich
The English Garden (Englischer Garten) is the green heart of Munich. Stretching alongside the Isar River, the park takes its name from the English gardens it was inspired by. The park has more than 78km of pathways, green spaces for sport or soaking up the sunshine, and a huge beer garden where you can relax and enjoy some of the world’s best beers. If you head to Eisbachwelle, you’ll find year-round surfing in the Eisbach River, too!
One of the most recognisable squares in Munich, Odeonsplatz is named after the former concert hall, Odeon, which was destroyed in World War I. Take in the beauty of the square from the steps of Feldherrnhalle, positioned directly between two of Munich’s historical treasures: the Theatinerkirche and Residenz. Admire the Neo-Classical buildings and the significance of the square itself.
Located behind the Odeonsplatz, Hofgarten is a beautiful Munich park filled with colourful gardens, fountains and a beautiful pavilion. Come to hear orchestral music, or find a sunny spot to relax. As the Hofgarten lies next to Munich Residenz, the park is a lovely spot to add to your tour, giving you a glimpse of the exquisite grounds.
Angel of Peace
It would be difficult to visit Munich and not appreciate the magnificent Angel of Peace (or Friedensengel). Atop a 23m column, the golden statue is a monument marking 25 years of peace following the end of the Franco-Prussian War. Holding an olive branch in one hand, the Angel is flanked by a fountain, which is spectacular when illuminated in the evening.
Home to events throughout the year, Konigsplatz is where modern and classic meet. Catch a concert series, admire ancient Greek and Roman artworks, or sip a cold drink in the beer garden. During the summer, an open-air cinema features both new and old movies, bringing viewers from all over the city. Throughout the day, you can enjoy the sunshine in the garden or sit on the staircases of Konigsplatz.