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Enjoy Bare-Naked Party Fun in English Garden
The green meadow of Schonfeldwiese is a perfect place to enjoy some warm sunlights, with or without clothes. Located between the Monopteros and the Japanisches Teehaus, Schonfeldwiese is a famous nude sunbathing which already legalized since 1960s. Many locals come to the park and laying down under the sun light relaxing in their birthday suit. If you come from a country where being nude is not a norm, the scene might freak you out. But stay calm and stop staring at them, let alone taking pictures of them naked without their permission. If you want to enjoy sunbathing but is not quite comfortable by going commando, you can wear your swimsuit or bikini. However, if you really want to do it like Germans do, be confident! People there are laid-back and no one will judge you for being naked.
Just few meters away from Schonfeldwiese is Monopteros, a small Greek-style Apollo temple designed by Leo von Klenze and completed in 1832. The Monopteros is built in such meticulous details, from its ten ionic columns supporting the copper-covered dome to artistic palmettes adorning the sima. The original building was destroyed during Allied's attacks in World War II, fortunately it was restored by the government years later. Nearby the structure is a man-made small hill created using leftover materials from Munich Residence. The view surrounding the Monopteros is absolutely stunning, it as if you're transported in a blink of time in Greece.
Visiting English Garden might also means you've visited some iconic buildings from around the world. If Monopteros' details haven't charm you yet, then you will be after you see the Chinese Tower. The Chinese Tower or Chinesischer Turm is a wooden-constructed Chinese tower designed by Joseph Frey. The 25-meter tall tower was modelled after The Great Pagoda in Kew consists of 5 storeys. The Chinese Tower suffered great damage after heavy bombing in 1944, however the structure was soon restored by the society.Chinese Tower grounds is known to be a gathering spot of thousands people of working class in the 19th Century, where they'll have one of the most liveliest beer party known as 'Kocherlball' or 'Cooks' Ball'. Come in July to participate in the annual dance party here!
Take your time chilling near the Kleinhesseioher Lake that was created in 1800 under Werneck's directions. The man-made lake is the famous spot for some picnics or beer party. Paddleboats rental is also available, enables you to rent a paddleboat and enjoy scenic view of the lake and its surroundings from the middle of the lake. Walk along the banks to the South and discover a monument called Sckell Monument erected as a homage for Ludwig von Sckell, a man who contributed to the lake's enlargement. You can also find monument of The Werneck - Denkmai, built as a token of respect for Werneck on the Eastern side. Eisbach River is located nearby Kleinhesseloher See, known as a favorite spot for surfers and swimmers.
You don't have to travel all across the sea to Japan to experience Chado or Japanese Tea Ceremony, you only need to visit Japanese Tea House in English Garden. The quaint teahouse was built on a small man-made island and connected by an elegant bridge. Once you entered the Japanese pavillion, you'll be welcomed with original tatami floors and some delightful matcha cookies. You can attend the authentic Japanese Tea ceremony being held every one weekend per-month. Japanese Tea House or Japanisches Teehaus was built in 1972, and the pavillion structure was a donation from Urasenke Tea School in Kyoto as a friendship gesture and also to introduce Japanese tea ceremony culture to people of Munich.
Rumford Saal is considered as a historical building located inside the English Garden. The Palladian-style building was constructed by Lechner and served as a mess for officers used by the army, though later it was used by the court members. Due to its function, the building was named as 'Militairsaal' means Military Halls, or 'grober Saal' which means 'Great Hall '. Later, the house was renamed to Benjamin Thompson, the founder of English Garden. Even until today, the building is still in great condition and become one of the most prominent building in Munich.
How to Get Tickets?
There's no admission fees needed to enter English Garden. You can visit the public park at any time and at any hours. Although if you want to join Japanese tea ceremony in Japanese Tea House, you'll have to come before 02:00 PM, and you'll have to pay a‚¬6 or $6.97 USD.
How To Get Around?
English Garden is expansive, and you can only reach each attractions on foot. But no sweat! There are plenty shades in the park that you can use to rest briefly.
What Should I Wear?
You are free to wear any clothes that you feel comfortable while you're visiting English Garden. You might want to wear clothes with cooler material during Summer though. The most important thing is to wear comfortable shoes since you'll explore the entire park solely on foot.
Best Time to Visit
English Garden is an open area, so the sunlight might becomes unbearable in noon. The best time to visit English Garden is in the morning from 7 - 9 AM or in the afternoon when the weather is much cooler so you can explore the areas with ease.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, it's much more fun to explore English Garden on your own. It's not a place where you can get lost anyway.
How To Get There?
English Garden Munich is highly accessible by means of public transportations. You can take Subway U 3,4,5 and 6 to Marienplatz, S Bahn: S 1,2,4,5,6,7, and 8 to reach the same stop. Or you can also take a bus number 54 and 154 to Chinesischer Turm or by Tram number 17 that's going to take you to Tivolistrabe.