The Englischer Garten
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December 31st, 2007 – by: lorenzmartins
Attractive market stands set the tone. In the centre of the market, large stalls offer fresh fruits and vegetables. Nearby are the cheese, wine and fish vendors, while at the edge of the market, small specialist butcher stalls offer pork, beef, game and poultry, mostly from the region.
Bakeries, juice stands and restaurants offer prepared foods. Exotic ingredients also make an appearance and there's even a shop with Latin American goods. The market is particularly strong on the Italian and other Mediterranean foods which Bavarians have come to love on holidays. Make no mistake, though - the Viktualienmarkt is unmistakably Bavarian with its blue-and-white maypole at the centre, right next to the beer garden where you can take a break after spending too much on all the good things that caught your eye.
After looking around the numorous stands, i bought a jar of Rum-kandis and a jar oif Vanille-kandis for my parents. After a morning spent doing shopping we stoppet in the square of the market to have lunch in a tipic Bavarian Restaurant.
In the afternoon we come back to the Hostel to take a nap and after that i went by myself to the Englischer Garten cuz my friends were too tired.
It was a cloudy day and I get the subway to reach the north of the Park planning to come down to the hostel across the garden by foot; when i come out from the subway station it started snowing.. it was really cool even if i was freezing.
It is bigger than New York's famous Centre Park but smaller than Richmond Park in London, which is the biggest city park in Europe. The name refers to the style of gardening; the termEnglish Garden is used outside of the English speaking world to refer to the style of informal landscape gardening which was popular in the United Kingdom from the mid 18th century to the early 19th century.
The Park was awesome under the snow: the lake was frozen ant there were people skating on it.
Some of must-see attractions of the park are the Chinesischer Turm and the Monopteros.
The Chinesischer Turm is a 25-meter-high wooden structure, designed by the military architect Joseph Frey von Johann Baptist Lechner, was built from 1789 to 1790. It was modelled on the "Great Pagoda" in theRoyal Botanic Gardens in London. The Pagoda, twice as high as the Turm, was supposed to resemble a porcelain pagoda in the gardens of a Chinese emperor. In July 1944, the so-called "China Tower" burned down due to heavy bombing, and in 1952 was rebuilt true to the original.With 7,000 seats, the Chinesischer Turm's beer garden is the second largest beer garden in Munich.
The Monopteros is, instead, a this small, round, Greek style temple designed by Leo von Klenze and erected in 1836. It was built on a hill which, in 1832, was raised from the leftover building material of the Münchner Residenz (Munich Royal Residence).
Reached the exit of the garden, i get into the city's oldest park - the Hofgarten - near the Residenz, and dating back to the 16th century where in the middle of it is a circular temple in French style crowned by a statue of Bavaria.
I enjoyed this excursion: even if i was alone, i didn't feel lonely..
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