The Hofgarten in Munich
The Hofgarten of Munich, Germany was built in 1613-1617 by Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria explicity as an Italian garden in the Renaissance style. Set in the dead center of the garden is a pavilion for the goddess Diana (1615), on the roof is a replica of a sculpture of Bavaria, the original of which is in the Kaisersaal of the Residenz. In the north east corner of the park a square black granite memorial stands to the White Rose group, whose members were executed for a non violent campaign against Hitler's regime.
One of the great highlights of this garden, beyond of course its very-welcome-and-much-appreciated function as a getaway from the rush and bustle of the modern city, is its many wall paintings which depict various events related to the history of Bavaria. This is a beautiful garden which is well worth an afternoon of idle wander or alternatively is a great place to lean back and people-watch.