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In 1789, Great Elector Karl Theodor
initiated the creation of the English Garden with his plan to convert a former hunting area located at the Isar into a recreational nature park. 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 six metres at its top level. 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 in the self-serviced area can sit on regular beer garden benches, some of which have back rests. The benches 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 €7.00. <!-- april 2011 -->