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.
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...
Weisses Brauhaus-Schneider Weisse
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...........
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 ;-)
You have to see it at least once. Most people I know go once per year and that is enough. I know people that go everynight for 2-weeks so it depends on your level of stamina. One thing though, is that in the tents it is hot & sticky, loud & noisy, so it is not recommended to stay perfectly sober. Drink at least one mass of beer to get into the Oktoberfest spirit, and you will likely enjoy it that much more. After 3-masses you will be flying.
This was hard to determine, must see or tourist trap. The Hofbrauhaus is a must see tourist trap. The beer is good though and it's an interesting atmosphere. Dont forget to get a pretzel to go with your beer.
At Stiglmaier-Platz you'll find the home of the Lion's Brew. The Loewenbraeu Keller comprises a large festival hall & pub indoors and shady Biergarten outside. Bavarian foods are menu specialties, of course. (See the Restaurant Tips for descriptions of Bavarian cuisine.)
The location is just a short walk away from Koenigsplatz. It is perfect for a break after viewing the antiquities and sculptures in the Glyptothek or following the development of the 'Blauer Reiter' movement at the Lenbach House Museum.
The most famous monument in the Englischer Garten is the China Turm, the round Chinese Tower, surrounded by one of Munich's most popular Biergartens. In the summer time there is live-music and this is probably the best place to experience the unique Bavarian Biergarten atmosphere - which cannot be found anywhere else in the world!