Tip: Make sure to bring cash to pay for your ticket, as credit cards are not accepted at ticket office. The admission fee is just 4.5€. Don’t be afraid to miss anything as with your ticket you’ll get a map of the garden showing locations of each collection.
Take Tram 17 and Bus SEV 17, direction – Amalienburgstraße, and get off at station “Botanischer Garten”, Bus 143 Freiham Möbel Höffner – Olympia-Einkaufszentrum, again our station is “Botanischer Garten”.
Tip: As the zoo is very large, plan to spend a full day here, before its closure, so you can enjoy the garden with its animals fully without any rush. The zoo is open from 9am till 5-6pm depending on the season. Don’t believe to those who’ll say that few hours will be enough. Believe me, better to stay longer and enjoy every area.
When you come here, you will see that this is a zoo where animals live according to their geographical distribution, means everything is made very close to their natural living conditions. The zoo has a map, which will be given to you with tickets, and if you follow the visitors’ path, you will feel how you travel around the world.
In the middle of the garden there is a Bat cave, also known as “Dracula’s villa”. It is a rock-cave, all dark inside (only some colorful lights come time to time to make the feeling mystical) where bats fly all around. If you are afraid of them, better not to get inside, as they might “hit” you.
Aquarium, where you can see different “exhibits”, starting from small cute fishes to sharks, jelly-fishes, coral rocks and many other examples of sea life. There is also a special breeding time for piranhas!
Polarium area will show you a home of penguins, polar bears and seals, as the jungle world and pavilion shows you how wild cats and apes live in nature.
The admission fee for adults is 15€, but if you’re visiting with your kid (considering a small family) or with a family (both parents and kids), then better to buy Small family or Large family tickets for 19€ and 33€ accordingly (as of 2019). You may think that this is too much for just a garden, but no, it’s worth to pay this money to spend a day in this fantastic zoo.
How to get there:
The easiest way to reach the Zoo is to take metro line U3 to underground station “Thalkirchen (Tierpark)”, then follow the signposted footpath in order to reach the “Isar Entrance”. This won’t take more than 5 minutes walk.
It’s time to check other famous big gardens of Munich, with less activities than above described ones. One of them is the biggest garden in Munich, Englischer Garten (English Garden). This is a large public park in the center of Munich, created in 1789, stretching from the city center to the northeastern city limits. It’s also one of the largest urban parks in the world, and indeed, it seems endless! The park called Englische Garten because it was laid out in the style of an English country park. Here you can see cyclists and joggers training on the 78km network of paths(!), a lot of people just enjoying their time on the grass, etc.
Very close to one of the many entrances to the park, at the south end of it, you’ll see this beautiful tree (yes, it has red leafs!) with a simple building behind on an artificial island. This is a Japanese tea house from 1972. It’s a famous place for Japan fans who meet there regularly for the traditional tea ceremony. If you also are a Japan fan, remember that on the third Sunday of July, the “Japanfest” is rising around the tea house, must be an exciting fest, so don’t miss it 😉
I took one of the entrances (or exits) to leave the garden, which was somewhere in between of Chinese Tower and Monopteros and I saw a small building hidden in the trees. This was a small Orangerie, where periodically different exhibitions were being organised. The entrance was free. No one around, except a nice woman watching it over. I entered to the bright room all covered with beautiful paintings. Believe me, I was feeling so lucky that I took exactly this exit and had a chance to see this beautiful piece of art in the garden. Try your luck too and see whose paintings will be on shown your visit.
It’s a bit hard to mention all the stops close to the garden considering it’s huge size, but here are the most comfortable ones close to the city center:
Bus 54, 58 & 154, station Hirschauer Straße or Chinesischer Turm
Tram 16, station Tivolistraße (next to Orangerie), Paradiesstraße or Nationalmuseum (next to Haus der Kunst)
Metro lines U3, U4, U5 & U6, station Odeonplatz, but be ready to walk another 7-10min until you reach the park.
Now it’s time to talk about the last, but not least famous parks in Munich – Olympiapark.
This is another huge park which I visited after enjoying time gazing at luxury cars at BMW Welt.
- Olympic Area, which includes the Olympic sports facilities such as the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Hall with Olympic Tower. Here are also the Aquatic Center and Olympic Event Hall.
- Olympic Village, which was separated into two villages for male and female and was used to house the athletes during the games.
- Olympia-Pressestadt, today the home of the Olympic Shopping Center (didn’t go there, seems it’s out of the park area at all).
- Olympic Park, which includes the Olympic Mountain and Olympic Lake.
The park is well known also for its blooming trees all around, so if you’re here in the middle of April, don’t miss your chance to admire the most beautiful view of countless sakura trees here. I was a bit late for this, but still found several wonderful trees full of flowers.
One of the most famous landmarks of the park (and not only) is the Olympic Tower, AKA Olympiaturm, the city’s highest building, opened in 1968, that has an overall height of 291 m and a weight of 52,500 tonnes. At a height of 190m there is an observation platform. But this is not all. Here you can visit a small rock’n’roll museum opened in 2004 housing the tickets, pictures, newspaper articles, as well as some stage outfit and instruments of stars like Freddie Mercury, Pink Floyd or the Rolling Stones. Also the tower is much famous with a revolving restaurant located at height of 182m, which seats 230 people. You can reserve your table here and enjoy 360° panoramic view during 53m turn. The tower is open for visitors from 9am till midnight. For 9€ admission fee (for adults) you can take an elevator and in 30sec only you’ll be on top.
How to get there:
U3 & U8 to station Olympiazentrum (also perfect to visit BMW Welt & Museum!) Recommended option!
U3 and U8 to station Petuelring (it’s a bit far then Olympiazentrum, needs a bit walk)
Bus 173, station Olympiapark Eissportstadion (also next to BMW Welt)
Bus 144, station Olymiasee or Olympiaberg
If you don’t mind to walk a bit, you can also take the train 27 to stations Gartenstraße or Petuelring
Okay, this was my list of parks visited in Munich with some descriptions and tips. Hope this could be useful for your next trip to Munich if you plan to spend some time in its adorable parks. If I get a chance to return, I’ll do that for sure😉
Stay tuned 😊