'''The beer garden Chinesischer Turm is located in the English Garden (Englischer Garten), Munich's largest
leisure park. With a size of 417ha, the English Garden is larger than Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York. Due to its close distance to the university, the beer garden attracts a young crowd mixed with people visiting the park including many tourists.'''
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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 EUR 7. 00. <!-- april 2011 -->
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.
On weekends brass-bands perform live on the first floor of the tower. Major football tournaments are shown on big screens in the beer garden. WLAN is provided to all guests.
A highlight of Chinesischer Turm is the ''Kocherlball''
. The Kocherlball is held in memory of the servants of the noble families of the 19th century. In the late 19th century, up to 5,000 Munich servants met during the summer months every Saturday morning for a dance at the Chinese Tower. Usually they met before work between 4am and 5am. Today the Kocherlball takes place on the 3rd Sunday in July between 5.30am to 10am (if the weather is bad a week later). The ball attracts thousands of participants of which many wear historical outfits and Bavarian costumes.
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Depending on the weather, the beer garden is open from 10am to 11pm.
Website: [http://www.chinaturm.de www.chinaturm.de]