Munich is the delightful home to the Englischer Garten, or English Garden, a lovely sprawling park in the city center. It is even larger than Central Park! In true Bavarian fashion, there is a beer garden in the center, which of course we paid visit to. It was nice to stroll through the expansive greenery with the promise of a stein ahead. ;)
The Chinese Tower is where the beer garden is situated and was bustling with activity. I am not a big meat eater, and I don't eat pork/chicken, so the traditional German beer garden grub was clearly not geared towards me. That being said, I do love potatoes! Potatoes and beer for lunch is okay if you're traveling, right? haha!
I had to take the photo above because it is classic German. Pfandrückgabe, or in English "deposit return." (You get a small deposit back upon returning your stein.) I just love that in German a word that English speakers might use as phrase (i.e. return bottles here), is essentially crammed into one long word. I think it is a lot more fun. The German language wins at it all.
On our walk back out of the gardens, we happened upon a Mövenpick ice cream station. Our good friends have been telling us we need to try Mövenpick (a Swiss ice cream company), but we of course stumbled upon it in Germany and not Switzerland. It was a lovely accompaniment to the walk through the garden and delicious ice cream!
I can see why there is a high quality of life in Munich. It is an easygoing, super friendly city with charming surprises like the English Garden! If I come back, I will bring a blanket for a picnic. It didn't hurt that we were there in early spring when the setting was pretty much ideal, but I can imagine it would also be very pretty in the fall. Just an excuse to return!