A Snowy Jaunt Through the Englischer Garten

by Heidi Obermeyer

Just before classes ended there was a solid bit of snowfall still on the ground in Munich, which hadn’t happened more than a few times over the entire winter. I think it was quite unusual for us to get so little snow (I never broke out my serious boots a single time) but it actually ended up being for the best- I’m not sure I could have handled a real winter and how dark it was for most of the season (darkness at 4 pm anyone?). Morgan and I have started saying that we baked our way through the winter- which we really did, see these recipes posted on her blog here and here, both feature cakes I partook in. Anway, this brief week or so of snow gave us a chance to get the “Munich in Winter” pictures we had all been meaning to take. Here’s a few from our extremely long walk from Studentstadt to Odeonsplatz (5 km in the snowy outdoors, woo!).

The Englischer Garten, Munich, Bayern, Germany

We were *supposed* to have read Tod in Venedig (Death in Venice) in our Goethe course right before this… is this the main character?! πŸ™‚

The Englischer Garten, Munich, Bayern, Germany

The Englischer Garten, Munich, Bayern, Germany

There’s this really beautiful tower-type thing (it certainly has a name, which I do not remember at the moment) close to Odeonsplatz and the main part of town. This is a close-up of some of the pillars.

The Englischer Garten, Munich, Bayern, Germany

People sledding! How exciting. All of the sleds I’ve seen in Germany are very serious-looking wooden ones. We’re not messing around with plastic here folks.

The Englischer Garten, Munich, Bayern, Germany

A view of downtown Munich from the Garten. You can see all the way from Marienplatz and the Rathaus to the University area- the prettiest part of the city is actually quite compact and it’s really strange to realize how short of a distance you’re travelling with the U-bahn between all these places.

The Englischer Garten, Munich, Bayern, Germany

The “Chinese tower”, under which there is a really big Biergarten in the summer!

The Englischer Garten, Munich, Bayern, Germany

It was pretty impressive to see how much was going on in the park even in the winter and with some pretty low temps! I’m excited to have it be warm again so I can bike and so that the numerous beer gardens in the Englischer Garten will be open again! There’s just nothing quite like a cold beer and some serious Bavarian food in the sunshine. πŸ™‚

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