The first European public garden and one of the largest city parks in the world, this 373-hectare park is the city’s green lung stretching over 5km along the River Isar. It was constructed in 1789 by Karl Theodor, Munich’s least popular ruler, who feared his subjects might have similar revolutionary ideas as the French unless he placated them. The first “People’s Garden” on the continent is indeed a great place for strolling and people watching. There can’t be many parks in the world where nude sunbathing is actually viewed with favour. Should you opt to do as the Münchner, watch your clothes – it’s also well known for strollers with light fingers. Other attractions pastimes in the park include surfing. Seriously, a constant wave at “Eisbach” means some one with a surf board is never far away. Snow permitting, cross-country skiing along specially prepared trails is possible too. Horse-drawn coach trips start right at the centre of the park, where you can also find the city’s best known beer garden secreted away under the picture-booky Chinesischer Turm. Another popular place for stein-hoisting is the self-service eatery next to the Kleinhesseloher See lake, where you can also hire a rowing boat. If both beer gardens are full, try the Aumeister, a quieter spot at the northern end of the park. Near the other end is the Japanese Teahouse (1972), a delightful oasis of peace, where tea ceremonies led by a Japanese tea master are held every second and fourth weekend of the month.