Built in the early 17th century in Italian Renaissance style, the Hofgarten, or Court Gardens, remain a popular place to escape from Munich city life.
Located on the eastern side of Odeonsplatz, between the Residenz and the Englischer Garten, the Hofgarten is a pretty landscaped garden that provides an important green oasis in Munich city centre.
A walk in the park
Constructed at the beginning of the 17th century under the orders of Duke Maximilian II of Bavaria, the Court Garden retains its formal Italian Renaissance-style landscaping several centuries later. At the centre of the park, the Dianatempel, designed in 1615, is an elegant pavilion dedicated to the Roman goddess Diana. From each of its eight arches leads a path to the edge of the garden, dividing the manicured lawns and flowerbeds.
The Hofgarten is surrounded by impressive buildings, including the Residenz, the Bavarian Staatskanzlei, or State Chancellery, and the Hofgartentor, a gateway leading towards the Theatinerkirche. A number of war memorials also stand in different areas of the park.
An enchanting escape
Perfectly located between some of Munich's most important tourist attractions, the Hofgarten is a lovely place to relax and escape the bustle of the city, popular with tourists and locals alike.
Odeonsplatz (185 m) Theatinerkirche (220 m) Munich Residenz (276 m) Munich's Hofbräuhaus Brewery (571 m) New Town Hall (666 m)