Located in the heart of downtown, this park has been a favourite destination for locals and visitors alike since it opened its gates in 1613.
The park was first established by Duke Maximilian I as part of his grand plan to transform Munich into an impressive royal residence. He commissioned renowned Italian architect Agostino Barelli to design the gardens, which were completed in 1617. The result is a beautiful landscape that features lush lawns, winding pathways, ornamental trees, and fountains surrounded by Baroque-style buildings.
At the centre of Hofgarten stands an equestrian statue of Bavaria’s King Ludwig I – a tribute to his commitment to modernizing Munich during his reign from 1825-1848. Nearby is another monument dedicated to Germany’s famous poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who lived nearby while attending university in 1780-1782.
Today Hofgarten continues to be popular with tourists and locals alike who come here for leisurely strolls or picnics on sunny days; there are even public chess tables where you can challenge other players. During summer months, you may also catch concerts featuring classical music performed by local orchestras at the open air stage near Goetheplatz square (Goethe Square). And if you’re lucky enough to visit during Oktoberfest season, then don’t miss out on some traditional Bavarian folk dancing taking place at various locations around the park.