Westpark#18 in Best Things To Do in Munich
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Westpark sits in the southwest region of Munich and offers pleasant running, biking and walking paths as well as rivers and lakes. Although it's smaller than the famous English Garden, visitors appreciate that Westpark seems to attract more locals and less tourists than its larger counterpart.
A road divides Westpark into two separate sides, which are connected by a footbridge. The west side of the park is also home to Lake Westsee, which is surrounded by meadows and has an outdoor stage. The stage and seating area often play host to outdoor concerts and movie screenings in the summer months.
There is also an array of attractions near Late Westsee known as the Asian Ensemble, which includes a Chinese and a Japanese garden, a Thai pavilion and a Nepali temple. This serene area is a crowd favorite, and many said they were intrigued to find Asian influences within the park.
If you visit in the warm months, be sure to check out the rose garden, which will be in full bloom on the western edge of the park. Visitors enjoy admiring the more than 20,000 roses and grabbing a bite at the garden restaurant. If you visit in the winter, bring a sled and slide down the park's many hills.
On the east side of the park, visitors can enjoy small rivers and some child-friendly areas, such as a water playground that has slides and shallow water, as well as a place for adults to lounge. Many locals bring picnics to the park or grill meals using the park's many barbecue facilities.
Although it's not very centrally located, visitors say if you're looking for an outdoor oasis, then Westpark is worth the 20-minute subway ride from the Marienplatz area. There are many different stations near the park, but some of the most convenient are Westpark and München Harras. The park is free to enter and is always open.
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#1 English Garden (Englischer Garten)
This large public park, which reaches from the city center to the northeastern city limits, is one of Munich's must-dos. Named for the informal English style of rolling hills and open landscaping, the Englischer Garten contains several popular biergartens, a handful of eclectic monuments and a boating lake, among lots of jogging and biking paths.
Recent travelers mightily enjoyed their time here and recommend renting a bike or a rowboat to explore it. Many also commented on what a retreat it was from an otherwise city vacation. To spend a sunny day in the English Garden, hop off Tram 18 at one of the parkside stops. Admission is free.
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