Englischer Garten located in Schwabing. This is the green heart of Munich and indeed it is larger than New York's central park or London's Hyde Park. Entry is free and it is a wonderful place to relax by enjoying a beer in one of several beer gardens, by strolling along the creeks and lakes or just by enjoying the sun on the lawns. Just drive to "Münchner Freiheit" or "Ostbahnhof" by S- or U-Bahn and take bus number 54 to "Chinesischer Turm". At its southern end an artificial standing wave has been created in the Eisbach Creek where you can watch surfers exhibiting their skills.

Olympiapark was the site of the 1972 Olympic Games and is one of the rare examples where Olympic infrastructure has been put into use after the end of the games serving as a venue for cultural, social, and religious events. The Olympic Stadium with its innovative roof structure was the home stadium of the FC Bayern München until 2005 when the new Allianz Arena was completed. Today it is primarily used for cultural events like rock concerts and festivals. Other former Olympic venues such as the swimming stadium are open to the public. The Olympic Tower has an overall height of 291 meters with an observation platform and a revolving restaurant that seats 230 people. The park is a popular retreat for Munich residents where they enjoy raking a walk or rowing on the lake.

Tierpark Hellabrunn (The Munich Zoo) is in Thalkirchen— Even if you're not a zoo enthusiast, there is plenty to keep you interested at one of the world's largest zoos. See animals roaming in their natural habitats, take the little ones to the childrens zoo, and look up above in the large aviary. You can visit the zoo daily 8AM to 6PM (in winter 9AM-5PM); admission is €9 ($11) for adults, €6 ($7.20) for students and seniors, 4.50€ ($5.40) for children ages 4 to 14, and free for children 3 and under. To reach the park, you can take bus no. 52, leaving the Marienplatz, or U-Bahn U3 to Thalkirchen.

Tim Lavagi Another really awesome thing to visit for everyone of any age is the botanical garden. It was amazing when I went...


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