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BAVARIA Parks T


Munich around Story and photos by Pamela D. Harris he city of Munich prides itself on being a green city.


It has


many parks both large and small, but boasts one of the largest urban parks in the world, larger than even Central Park or Hyde Park in London. Several major parks are located in Munich. Two of the most


popular ones are Englischer Garten, or English Garden, and Nymphenburg Palace gardens. English Garden is the largest park, stretching through fi ve kilometers of Munich. English Garden was designed for the Bavarian prince Karl


T eodore by American designer Benjamin T ompson. It was designed to look like the English parks of 18th century England, which is where it got its name. T e park includes many attractions, such as the boating lake, four beer gardens and the Chinese tower. T ere are also many decorative monuments and buildings, particularly Monopteros, the Greek temple-style building built on a hill in the southern portion of the park built for King Ludwig I. One of the most interesting attractions of the park may have


been unintentional. On the canal that runs through the park, a wave forms when the water fl ows under a bridge. T is has become a favorite spot of surfers in the city and plenty of tourists who stop to watch the surfers. T e span of the canal is probably only 15 feet or so, but in that space, experienced surfers are able to coast back and forth between the walls several times before succumbing to the wave. Some can even accomplish jumps off the wave and other impressive surfi ng feats. Others will come to the wall and use it to balance themselves before surfi ng over to the other side again. While surfi ng in Munich may not seem impressive to those


used to ocean surfi ng, it’s still an unusual activity for a park. T e skill it takes for surfers to pull themselves out of the water seems impressive. T e water of the canal continues to rush into the park from the wave and surfers must get out of the speedy water’s


Top: The fl ower beds at the botanical gardens in Nymphenburg Palace in to bloom. Above: Monopteros, the Greek temple-style building, sits on a hill in the southern portion of the English Garden built for King Ludwig I.


path and get back to their starting point for their next big ride. In the gardens of Nymphenburg Palace, people can be found


reading, sitting in cafes, jogging or just strolling along the paths through the garden. In the summer months, fl owers line every walkway and fountains all along the garden create beautiful sprays of water for observers. T e main garden is an open space with fountains and pathways


along each side. When visitors walk into the botanical gardens, they are more immersed in the shrubbery, trees and fl owers. Along the pathways, visitors can read the plaques with the names of each plant. Sweet aromas from fl owering plants fi ll the air and please the senses. T e best time to visit Munich for the garden experience is


between April and October. During these months, fl owers bloom and trees are green before turning hues of red and orange for the fall. Nymphenburg opens many of its garden buildings from April to October 15. T e buildings have richly ornamented rooms that complement the beauty of the landscaping just outside.


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