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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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...
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!
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 ;-)
What you need to do when you come to Munich is try each of the beers that are available. There are so many you may be there for a while... but so what... enjoy.
German beer is well known throughout the world as being some of the best. Much of this is due to the old traditions that are still in place with making the beer and the NON-use of chemicals in the beer.
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...........
The Löwenbräu Brewery goes back one way or another to the late 1300s. Now (well, for decades) the largest brewer in Munich and known throughout the world, you can imagine that the brewery is a magnet for thirsty college students, er, students intent on furthering their cultural education.
I have no idea how Löwenbräu handles tours today, but in the 1970s, the brewery would run tours Monday through Friday. The last tour would be about 11 a.m. on Friday morning, which meant that after we arrived in Munich about 7 a.m., we had to find a room at a pension, dump our stuff, then run over to the brewery in time to make the last tour.
Why? Because at the end of the tour, they would herd us into a small restaurant and give us bread, wurst, and two half liters of beer – each. This is a Godsend to hungry college students traveling on a budget!
Like I said, I have no idea if they still do this, but if so, it's worth the trip for anyone on a budget...
Called Hofbräuhaus am Platzl
This was one of the most memorable events for me in Germany. It is a tourist thing to do, but it is a wonderful show. Also according to what I've read it is the world's largest beer hall. They are a regular beer hall, but we went to their special show Bavarian Dance & Folklore Evening which also features the HB Festival Orchestra with alpenhorns, yodelers, glockenspiel (carillon) players, “Schuhplattler” dancers (“shoe-tapping”), and “ Goaßlschnalzern” (“snapping whip performers”). Make reservations!! They offer it every day at 19:00.
*German Dancing Show
*German instruments playing
*Live German band and singing, including yodeling
*Huge beer glasses and lots of it! (I personally had wine)
*Performers are wearing traditional German costumes.
*At one point I was participating in a conga line going around all the tables. I don't remember how that came about.
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.
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.