Secrets of the Englischer Garten: A Delightful Amphitheatre

Secrets of the Englischer Garten: A Delightful Amphitheatre

By  Thursday, 19.3.2015, 17:13    Tourist Sites

One doesn't have to be long in Munich to discover the magic of the Englischer Garten, the lungs of the city, and a wonderful green open space which goes on for kilometres, attracting families, joggers, cyclists, dog-walkers, and people just wanting to sit and relax in the afternoon sun.

As with many places in Munich, the Englischer Garten has its more unusual attractions, among them a delightful grass amphitheatre hidden away behind the trees in the northern part of this expansive green space.  

The history of an open-air amphitheatre is rooted in the southern part of the garden and dates back to 1793. Located close to Martius bridge, it was in operation until 1807, and the idea to resurrect such an outdoor entertainment centre is credited to Munich theatre producer Dr. Pankras Baron von Freberg and the Blütenring theatre group he founded in the 1980s. 

The theatre was handed over to the State of Bavaria on July 13, 1985, and is now open to all Munich theatre groups. A classical comedy is performed each July, and lots of locals come to chill with picnics, or just to relax in what is a very pleasant spot.

It is a little tricky to find, even out of season with the trees bare. Best way to get there is by U-Bahn to Alte Heide (U6), then along Crailsheimstrasse. The theatre is more or less straight on and to the right through a meadow, but it is easy to miss, so ask someone locally to guide you. Performances start at 21:00 and end at 00:15. 

To see how it looks in the summer, click here.

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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