Beergardens and Beerhalls, Munich
A pleasant alternative to the more widely-known Englischer Garten is the Hirschgarten on the west side of town. Not far from the Laim S-Bahn stop and Schloss Nymphenburg, the park is something of an outdoor living room for local residents. The open park features plentiful space for picnics and Frisbee games. On the west side of the park is a chess-playing area, to include two life-sized chess boards. It can be fun to wander over to observe a chess game -- or, if you're feeling particularly intellectual, join in.
A special treat for kids (and their parents) is a small enclosure with deer and various other creatures inside. Oh, and Munich's largest beer garden is located here, too.
Munich is justly famous for its beer halls. Not just the Hofbrauhaus, but all of them. Socializing here is what the Germans do in their evenings. Bavaria brews all kinds of beers, not just the usual lagers. And this is the place to try some new ones.
Besides the beer, very good by the way, the athmosfere is very lively and everybody is happy (problably this has something to do with the beer, lol). There are several beer gardens in Munich, in the town centre and in the english garden.
Note: sorry for the blurry photos, but blame it on the beer...
Beer gardens should be visited and although they serve also food one is welcome to bring his own food but one have to buy the beer from the place.
A quick must see tour of 2 hrs can also be taken by the open tourist buses situated behind the main train station Munich Banhof and cost about €20
Had a good time on the Beer and Brewery tour offered by Munich Walk Tours. I am not normally a tour type of guy...I prefer to get lost all by myself.
If you plan to visit any of the Munich area Bier Gardens, taking this tour first will give you an idea as to where to return for more extensive research.
Also joined Munich Walk Tours the next day for the Tour of Dachau...Not exactly the laugh-a-minute experience of the brewery tour...Nor should it have been...Very intense stuff...But someplace I believe must be visited.
So...for someone who isn't into the guided tour thing...Munich Walk Tours...was a good fit.
Beer Halls and Beer Gardens are everywhere you look in Munich. They are a great place to drink, eat and mingle with the locals. We ate at a different beer hall each night during our stay.
While at a beer hall you'll most likely sit at a table with some locals. Most are pretty friendly and will strike up a conversation with you.
Here is a list of the Beer Halls we visited. I will also individually list them with more pictures & info. etc...
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Chinese Pagoda Beer Garden at Englischer Garten
Can't talk about Munich without talking about Beer. As I get there so often, I've decided to visit as many of the breweries as I can. Stating off with the JW Augustiner on Landbergstrasse. Its about 15 mins on foot from the Hauptbahnhof and you can't miss it. huge red brick building with a couple of hundred yards of road facing walls. The beerhall is at the end nearest the hauptbahnhof. When you open the door there is a small 'dining' area to the left with checked cloths and small tables, to the right up a few steps and in to a huge cavernous traditional beerhall, plenty of people there when I visited, but managed to find a seat without too much trouble (lunchtime on a weekday). Interesting little scene in that the table next to mine had an elderely couple with a huge hound sitting under the table. The waitress on passing fed it a leftover sausage and there was much laughter about the Wursthund (sausage hound)
Couple of Dunkel beers and a plate of schweinebraten and the walk back to the train station is a doddle. I don't profess to be a beer expert, but this place is worth a visit for the experiencene alone. I also bought one of the traditional clay steins for €8
There's no better sight than a crowded beerhall...........
So many people have already posted about Marienplatz, Oktoberfest etc. - all the things Munich is really famous for. This tip only reflect my view and is a list of "must's" and "not a must" if you are in Munich for lets say 3 days.
- go to a beer garden (in summer). Order a "Schweinshaxen" (baked pigs leg) or a "Steckerlfisch" (large crispy BBQed fish) or bring your own food and try Bavarian beer
- in winter go to a Augustiner or Paulaner beer drinking hall. Locations can be found in the internet.
- visit MUSTS: Viktualienmarkt, Old Peter, German museum, English Garden (only if weather is nice) and stroll through the pedestrian zones, one of the art museums - especially "Alte Pinakothek"
- if you are there during December visit the wonderful, enchanting Christmas-Market (huge) at the Theresienwiesn, where the Oktoberfest is usually located. You can easily spend 3 hours there.
- in summer take on day to spend it on a pretty alpine lake (see off the beaten path tips)
-stroll down (to the north) the Leopoldstrasse - start at "Odeonsplatz" - Leopoldstr. has many nice bars, cafes, restaurants - some a little pricy, but worth it to watch some real rich Munich people.
- Hofbraeuhaus is not neccessary
- Olympic park (if you are not a great fan of architecture) is a pretty loneley area if not in summer or during events / concerts
- bying strange souvenirs like hats, beer-drinking mugs or stuff like that. Be sure: it is all produced in China!
This one of the largest beerhalls in Munich; brewing, in my opinion, Munich's best beer: Augustiner Edelstoff. The hall is a typical, authentic building with wooden tables and barmaids carrying way too many steins. The food is awesome too! There is a huge outdoor garden with several hundred small tables, which get filled up at night.
Great alternative to Hofbrauhaus!
Well there are many things to do around Munich. But my last trip was with some friends. We wanted to site see and take the wife's shopping, while we went to drink the great beers of Munich. All that walking around makes you thirsty
We were only in Munich for one day, and we only drank and ate at one beer garden - the best one, as far as I'm concerned. It was the biergarten at the foot of the Chinesischer Turm in the Englischer Garten.
We saw several groups (friends and families) with picnic baskets filled with meat, cheese, bread, plates, silverware, tablecloths, and even one with candles. They set it up and then two people would go and get the beer and pretzels and they'd have a lovely dinner. My kind of meal!
It was really very lovely.
Having just arrived from the Biergarten at the foot of the Chinesischer Turm, I expected the same kind of relaxed atmosphere. The Lowenbrau people are, apparently, a little more refined.
Honestly? We stopped by just to use the restroom, but it was a very pretty biergarten, and everyone looked very happy.
In the park off the Biergarten we saw some young men getting checked by the cops. They were a bit unsteady on their buns, and there were several empty beer bottles (the large kind, not the American kind) at their feet. Very interesting to see how kind and gentle the cops are in Germany.
The locals who go to the Beer hall have their own beer steins safely stored for them. The tourists get the glass mugs, as they were being stolen too often. Not to worry, your stein will be ENOURMOUS! Try the sausage dinner with sawerkraut,YUMMY!
There is a traditional band with singing and dancing. Everyone is dressed up in traditional costumes.
It's a national pastime in Germany... I'm almost sure of it!
There are beergardens just about everywhere! It's amazing!
I thoroughly enjoyed the beer and made it a point to buy one whenever I came across a stand. Hehehehe... it's really refreshing on a hot summer's day, and the alcohol content isn't really that high... :)
And since they sell the beer and everyone drinks beer like it's water, there isn't anyone who's going to look at you funny if you drink it early in the day.
Guess this is the second most known beerhall just next to the famous Hofbräuhaus. I have been told that, when the HB closes (quite early around 1 or to 2am you can go to Löwenbräu and go on drinking and eating until the next morning ;-)