I start by making two confessions. The first one is, that I have always been in love with Hamburg. Ever since (decades ago) I was inter-railing through Europe, Hamburg got a place in my heart. My second confession is, that I´m now falling in love with Münich and it´s English Park (Englischer Garten).
I was wandering through the park both Saturday morning until noon and early Sunday morning. On both occasions there were many people but due to the size of the park you never felt like it was crowded. The park is larger than New York´s Central Park and among one of the biggest in Europe. Families gather there for picnics while other go for a run. Many happy and well behaving dogs also seemed to enjoy the park as much as their owners.
The surfers at the park are a phenomenon itself. Eisbach´s man-made river, which is a 2 kilometer long side channel to the main river Isar, makes the lush park with meadows and streams special. Eisbach means “ice brook” in German and as I was standing there, I definitely did not feel like jumping in to the river. Water has to be nearly boiling before I even consider tipping my toes in. Many swimmers and not only surfers were enjoying themselves by cooling down in the river.
In the middle of the park there is an old wooden carousel which is is kept indoors -for a good reason. Next to the kids play area and a little kiosk selling pretzels and soft drinks. There you would also find many gathering for a beer and lunch at the Chinese Garden. Lavatories were clean, since there was a staff taking care of the cleaning.
In the other end of the park, there is a pistoresque lake where you can watch ducks and swans or rent a paddling boat. A place called Seehaus biergarten where I would absolutely go for a dinner and drinks by the waterfront if I would stay longer in Munich. It first looks as a cosy little place, but has seats for over 2500, I think we would need to find another kind of definition than calling it small.
It takes oven an hour to walk from one end to another, so if you possibly can, take a bicycle or even a ricksha-ride through the park, or have plenty of time with you.
PS. Next to the surfers, at National museum, the restaurant/cafe looked very appealing and the surroundings were very unusual for a café. I did not have time to go in this time, needed to save something for the next time, to check out both the museum and its restaurant.