The Chinesischer Turm is a wonderful place to be on a nice day. You have the choice of a fancy restaurant or the outdoor beer garden and food stands. This tip is primarily about the latter. It's a convivial place with great scenery and shady relaxation. Don't worry -- you'll find a place at one of the 7,000 seats in the beer garden. On some weekend afternoons, the pagoda doubles as a gazebo, and there's live music.
Favorite Dish The food is standard beer garden fare -- good, but nothing special. If the "steckerlfisch" stand is open, try some mackerel on a stick -- maybe with a pretzel or "pommes mit mayo."
The beer has recently switched from Löwenbräu to Münchener Hofbräu (the same beer served in the Hofbräuhaus). The new beer is much better, IMO.
It is suprisingly easy to get lost in the Englischer Garten, there are plenty of maps, but none of then have a 'YOU ARE HERE' indicator, but on a summers afternoon it's one of the nicest places to be in Munich. The Isar brimming with Ice melt water and the huge open spaces dotted with sunbathers. Note: Germans/Bavarians :) are very comfortable in their own skins......so expect to see plenty of it ;). If you do visit the garden, find your way to the Chinesischer Turm then sit in the shade and drink a beer or two - wonderful. The 'Turm' is a huge beer garden surrounding an ornate Chinese tower and the easiest way to get there is to take the U Bahn to Universitat and its only a few minutes into the park (depending on which side of the U-Bahn you exit - look for a large fountain and walk down the side street).
The beer garden has many eating options and selection is the usual wholsome fair of pork, beef , dumblings, saurkraut, country potatoes...etc.and of course the Schweinehaxe is excellent. This time I went for a Stecklerfische which is a large Mackerel, simply cooked with lemon and a giant Bretzel and of course a litre of beer to spend the time with. Total cost about 15 euros and the fish was excellent. It was quite quiet when I got there around 6pm, but begining to fill up later (about 8pm). Unless you know where you are going it's even easier to get lost at night !
I really enjoyed my lunch at the bier garten here. It has a restaurant too, but we wanted the bier garten experience. It was sunny and warm, so why not?
I had bratwurst and “country” potatoes - sliced potatoes fried with onions - washed down by a half litre of Hofbräu. Delicious. A swing band playing in the background.
It’s a self service arrangement, and they’ll give you a red plastic token with your beer. That gets your €1 deposit back when you return your glass. Another tip - you can bring your own picnic and eat it in the bier garten, but you have to buy their drinks.
I can’t help with prices - my friend paid.
Apparently it has 7,000 seats and is the 2nd largest bier garten in Munich.
Favorite Dish Choose between the bratwurst and the beer? Tough call, but I'll go for the bratwurst!
A nice beer garden, with live music (usually Summer Sundays).
From Marienplatz take U-Bahn U6 direction Münchner Freiheit and exit at Giselastraße
From Giselastraße take bus 154 to Arabellapark and exit at Chinesischer Turm
Walk about 4 minutes
Travel time: 15 minutes
Favorite Dish Steckerlfisch (grilled/smoked mackerel)
the Bavarian call it the Englisher Garten and here at the Chinese Tower we had our late lunch a big handle of beer which we shared between the three of us.
the Park is huge and you will need a whole day to enjoy it all.
Favorite Dish beer and it has been a great expirience though it didn't came cheap
We got two huge beers, sauerkraut, a pretzel, a currywurst, and a serving of a side salad made from paprika, cheese, onions, and other interesting things. I loved it. It was called obatzda, according to Sabsi..anyway, it was good!
Here's a recipe for it: http://www.islandx.de/obatzda.htm
We loved sitting outside and being surrounded by lots of locals and visitors and families. Some people brought picnics, complete with dishes and silverware. They supplemented their home-cooking with beer and pretzels. Other groups had birthday parties, and others were clearly business people showing visitors "authentic" Beer Garden fun.
This is the big boy of beer gardens. The most famous and biggest to boot. Located right in the middle of Englishergarten, it seats 8000 thirsty customers. The name comes from the huge Chinese Tower that is its centerpiece and houses the Bavarian band that serenades patrons on weekends. Though a major tourist attraction, it retains much of its local flavor and is surprisingly not all that expensive.
Favorite Dish You can bring your own food to save money as is not only a local custom but one protected by law. You can also buy any number of Bavarian specialities like huge soft pretzels, raddishes, and various pork dishes. One great aspect of this beer garden is it offers some variety of beers, all brewed by local Hofbrau. My favorite is the Ur-Bock, a strong beer with a robust hoppy flavor at 6.50 Euros per liter.
This must be one of the most popular beergardens in Munich. It is located in the middle of the English Garden around the impressive wooden tower called "Chinese Tower". You will sit under the chestnut trees, enjoy a beer and a snack and most likely you will hear Bavarian brass band music sooner or later - played live!!! It is a fantastic atmosphere and usually it is quite crowded. The self-service kiosks offer the typical bavarian delicasies from Obazdn to Steckerlfisch.
daily 10.00 am - midnight
approx 7000 seats
The Chinese Tower Biergarten in the English Garden is one of the most popular spots in all of Munich for a cold one. Keep in mind that all of the outdoor biergartens are like big picnics, so if you want to save a few bucks, bring your own pretzels and spiralled radishes (a local delicacy) and just buy the beer. Since it was a hot summer day, I ordered a helles bier (lager). That large glass you see in the picture is a "mass". No, that isn't a church service, it refers to a liter of beer.
The Chineser Turm or Chinese Tower beer garden is located in the Englisher Garten (one of the largest city parks in Europe). Like other beer gardens in Bavaria, you are allowed to bring your own food and sit at the tables without tablecloths. Of course there's beer and sausages, and sometimes barbequed spareribs. If you're expecting a nice salad or other vegetables, you'd better bring your own because this is Bayrish (Bavarian) food! You have to pay a deposit for a beer mug and you eat cafeteria style. The best part about it is that you can eat and drink beer in a nice location and your kids can play on the playground right next to you. There's even a carosel in the summer for small kids to ride.
Favorite Dish The spareribs are excellent. The sauce is not sweet like american bbq, just spicy and salty. Very good!
In the Summer the Chinese Tower and the area around it becomes one huge Biergarten. In the winter, you can only visit the very nice, but expensive restaurant in the beautiful old yellow villa, right next to the tower.
Go to the English Garden. You can relax there, and if you are hungry or thirsty visit the Beer's Garden that is there. Enoy the music, beer and food.
It doesn't metter you don't know the people in the same table, you can sit down and talk or not with them.
Favorite Dish The potatos are a great snack.