Besides the well-known parks such as the Englischer Garten and the Olympia Park, Munich offers numerous other leisure areas that invite you to stroll or linger.
For over 225 years the Englische Garten has been providing the people of Munich with an oasis of tranquillity. For a relaxing afternoon in Munich, head to the Englische Garten (English Garden), one of the world's largest urban public parks. Whether you prefer cycling, jogging, roller-blading or walking, the park has over 78 kilometres of paths that make the Englische Garten ideal for sporting activities of all kinds. Covering a total of 3.7 km2 the Englische Garten is larger even than Central Park in New York.
There are plenty of beer gardens within the park offering delicious snacks and refreshments - the ideal way to spend a pleasurable hour or two. Some of the most popular spots are the beer gardens under the Chinesische Turm and by the Seehaus. For something a little different, plan a visit to the charming Japanische Teehaus where guests can experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
The very best views of Munich can be enjoyed from the Monopteros which is not only a popular meeting place but also a symbol of Munich’s cosmopolitan flair. Finally, don’t miss the chance to watch the surfers on the Eisbach. Attracting spectators from all over the world, the surfers are there all year round riding the man-made wave.
Even in winter the Englische Garten has plenty to offer, try sledging on the snowy hills or donning your skates and enjoying a little ice skating on Kleinhesseloher Lake.
Don’t forget, our Kempinski The Spa is perfect after a busy day of sporting activities
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After having been built for the 1972 Olympic Games, the park now boasts an indoor pool, ice skating center and the Olympiahalle concert hall for visitors to enjoy. Additionally, the park is also home to the soaring, mighty Olympic Tower - one of Munich’s most impressive landmarks, offering majestic panoramic views of Munich and its surroundings. The park also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including music concerts and exhibitions, so there's sure to be something to catch your eye. The park is just a short drive away from the hotel, and you can even arrange a guided tour.
Westpark, located in Sendling, is one of the not so widely known but still highly recommendable parks that provides a lot of attractions.
It was built in 1983 for the International Garden Exhibition and has been a local refuge for Munich’s citizens living in the south-western part of the Bavarian capital ever since.
The hilly landscape with various lakes and ponds as well as tree-lined promenades are ideal for a calm stroll or a brisk walk. There are also a variety of gardens including an enchanting rose garden, a nice collection of alpine plants and trees, and finally a typical Japanese garden.
When wanting to rest your feet and take a break from walking, pop into one of the two beer gardens, Hopfgarten or Rosengarten, or stop at the coffee shop, which can be found on the shore of one of Westpark’s lakes.
One summer highlight between May and September is the open-air cinema “Kino, Mond & Sterne” (Cinema, Moon & Stars). Every year, movies are shown on a stage by the lake located in the western part of the park.
The easiest way to reach Westpark is by public transport. Take the underground U6 either from the Odeonsplatz or Marienplatz and get off at Westpark.
Only a short stroll away from the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski is the picturesque Hofgarten. Surrounded by Munich’s Residence, the Bavarian State Chancellery, and the Odeonsplatz, the baroque square designed in an Italian style is one of the most beautiful gardens within the city’s boundaries. Munich’s citizens love to spend their lunch breaks here and, in the evenings, it is a popular spot for tourists to relax after a long day of sightseeing – an idyllic oasis in the heart of Munich.
Right in the middle of the garden lies Diana’s Temple. When the weather is pleasant, you often hear musicians using the temple to play the piano, violin, clarinet or cello, entertaining the garden’s visitors.
At the northern end of the garden, boule players enjoy their favourite game.
A little hint: Combine your stroll through the northern part of the Hofgarten with a visit to the Englischen Garten.