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In 1789, Great Elector Karl Theodor initiated the English Garden with his plan to convert a former hunting area located at the Isar into a park area. In 1790 the Chinese Tower (Chinesischer Turm) was built. The Chinese Tower is a pagoda style, all-wooden tower with five storeys. The 25-metre tall tower has a diameter of 19 metres at ground level and 6 metres at the top. The Chinese Tower was destroyed during World War II in 1944. In 1952 the tower was rebuilt to its original and current style.
The Chinesischer Turm beer garden is the second largest beer garden in Munich and has about 7,000 seats in the self-serviced area and about 500 seats in the serviced area. Guests of the self-serviced area can sit on regular beer benches, some of which have back rests. The tables are arranged around the tower. The food stalls offer traditional beer garden food such as Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Hendl (roasted chicken), Schweinshaxn (roasted pork knuckle), [[Obatzda]] and [[Auszogne]]. The beer served is [[Hofbräu]] and a [[Maß]] Hell (lager) costs
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Before or after a cool Maß guests can enjoy a coach ride through the park, starting directly at the entrance of the beer garden. Since 1945 [http://www.kutschen-muenchen.de Kutscherei Hans Holzmann] offers tours in traditional carriages.