Sound Trail

How does the English Garden sound?

History of the Park
Voices from the English Garden


This trailer (in German) previews the contents of the Stimmenspur audio tour. Vera Kovács and Katharina Theresa Müller, 2017, 1 min 46 s.


As the first Volkspark in the world—a park open to the public—the English Garden has always been a place for encounters between people and the environment. With the audio experiment Stimmenspur (Sound Trail), we guide you through these present-day relationships and their histories. On an ecologically and historically mindful walk, you can experience the environment with other eyes and ears. Hear conversations with a landscape architect, with the head of administration of the English Garden, with a yoga teacher, a street musician, and many others. Let the natural acoustics of the English Garden wash over you as you form your own impressions of this wondrous space.


Download the Stimmenspur tour in German free of charge and rediscover the English Garden!


What we offer:

  • The voices of people, animals, and plants in the park
  • 3 hours of entertainment with scheduled breaks
  • 21 amazing stations along a 5 km path

What you need:

  • a sunny day
  • a Smartphone/MP3 Player with headphones
  • comfortable shoes
  • a plastic bag for collecting trash


History of the Park

The English Garden was created according to a strictly regulated layout. Traces of this history are still detectable today. In the style of an English landscape garden, it was created on the Wittelsbach royal family’s former hunting grounds. In 1789, after Count Rumford had been given the task of looking after poorly paid Bavarian soldiers, he began to use parts of the land to cultivate potatoes, kohlrabi, and carrots. In the years that followed, as a reaction to the French Revolution, the military garden became a public park. Since 1793, the southern part has been open to everybody.

Today the park is considered a natural monument and a work of art. Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell (1750–1823) is the mastermind behind the park’s layout and design. Gently rolling meadows, noble clusters of trees, winding paths, and buildings create a visceral experience. These features appear, disappear, reappear, as if the landscape itself is inhaling and exhaling—lulling us into total relaxation.

Due to urbanization throughout the twentieth century, the park became constricted and the construction of a road divided it into two. Soon, however, the northern and southern parts will again be reunited, heralding a new chapter in the park’s history.


Visual impressionsof the English Garden collected while doing research for Stimmenspur. Photos: Vera Kovács, Katharina Theresa Müller, and L. Sasha Gora. These works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.



Map showing the path of the Stimmenspur audio tour. Design by Alfred Küng and Katharina Kuhlmann. Vector data for the map: Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung (Bavarian Administration for Public Castles), Michael Degle.

00. Introduction
01. Our Voice, Your Way
02. “Peace in a Cup of Tea”
03. Surfer Paradise
04. “That Looked Good”
05. Beauty of Nature
06. Field Democracy
07. S-C-K-E-L-L
08. “The English Garden is a Paradise”
09. Close Your Eyes and Arrive
10. Sycamore
11. Ash
12. Elm
13. Honey Locust
14. “Without Nature There is Nothing”
15. Mindfulness Path
16. A Break at the Chinesicher Turm
17. The Mysterious Enemy
18. A Bird Oasis at the Kleinhesseloher Lake
19. “Point of No Return”
20. Farewell



Voices from the English Garden


Curators: Vera Kovács and Katharina Theresa Müller

How to Cite: Kovács, Vera, and Katharina Theresa Müller. “Sound Trail.” In “Ecopolis München,” edited by L. Sasha Gora. Environment & Society Portal, Virtual Exhibitions 2017, no. 2. Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.