Munich is home to more than 180 beer gardens, which are of varying sizes. The beer gardens in the city in fact have a tradition of over 200 years. If you are taking flights to Munich simply to visit some of the famous beer gardens, you will undoubtedly be spoilt for choice. These beer gardens are the best places to visit during the summer for convivial drinking and eating. You will discover people of all ages and social classes gathering and enjoying their favorite brews. Here are some of the best beer gardens to visit in Munich. The famous ones include Augustinerkeller, Aumeister, Chinesischer Turm, Hirschgarten, Insel Mühle, Menterschwaige, Schloß Mariabrunn, Seehaus, Waldwirtschaft, Wirtshaus Kleine Schmausefalle and Paulaner am Nockherberg. Let us explore some of these beer gardens and get an insight into their offerings.
The Augustinerkeller is situated at Arnulfstr. 52. It is among the most beautiful and historic beer gardens in Munich today. This beer garden has a capacity to seat 5,000 people simultaneously. It is completely filled with people during summer. The Augustinerkeller is a popular hangout for the elite of Munich, particularly celebrities and politicians. The restaurant in the beer garden is open year round and widely known for its Bavarian specialties. Don’t forget to enjoy the famous Augustiner Helles beer tapped fresh from a wooden barrel. The Augustinerkeller is open from 10:00 to 01:00 daily.
The Aumeister is considered to be a gem among the biergarten. It is located at Sondermeierstr 1 in the northern part of the Englischer Garten. The former hunting lodge of Prince Luitpold houses the restaurant here. The Aumeister is renowned for its fabulous Schweinswürstl, brew direct from the Hofbräuhaus. The beers here are low priced. The beer garden also has a big playground for the kids. It is among the family-friendliest beer garden in Munich. It is open from 09:00 to 23:00 daily, except Mondays.
The Chinesischer Turm is the best beer garden situated in the Englischer Garten in the center of Munich. It is essentially a five-story Chinese pagoda built in 1789. It is at this magical spot in the Englischer Garten that more than one million liters of Löwenbräu are consumed every summer in a raucous fashion. A brass band is there to regale you on Wednesday to Sunday afternoons. The beer garden is also home to an old-fashioned children’s carousel. It is open year round from 10:00 to 22:00. This is one beer garden in Munich that shouldn’t be missed out in any case.
The Hirschgarten is the biggest beer garden in Munich and probably the largest of its kind in the world. More the 8,000 people can be seated in this beer garden at a single time. Its setting is old-fashioned under a thick canopy of leafy chestnut trees. You can look forward to being served typical Biergarten fare such as grilled chicken, large portions of schnitzel and fish-on-a-stick. After you have enjoyed your drinking and eating at the Hirschgarten, you can consider visiting the deer park as well as Nymphenburg Castle situated close by.
The Insel Mühle is situated at Von-Kahr-Str. 87. This idyllic small beer garden is located on the former site of a corn mill. You will enjoy downing your pints amid the pitter-platter of the Würm stream flowing right past this beer garden. You will need to reach the Insel Mühle beer garden by cycling as it’s on a cycle path to the north of Munich. You can also look forward to gorging on pork knuckles and juicy spare ribs.
The Menterschwaige is a classical leafy beer garden situated at Harlaching, Menterschwaigstr 4 in Munich’s poshest neighborhood high up alongside a bicycle track on the River Isar. This beer garden was once a favorite haunt of King Ludwig I who loved to enjoy an afternoon nap along with his mistress Lola Montez. You will love relishing Bratwurst and Steckerfisch (fish-on-a-stick) off a charcoal barbecue along with your favorite drink Maß.
The Schloß Mariabrunn is an enchanted little beer garden wedged in the woods between a 340-year-old pilgrim’s church and a brewery some 30 km north of Munich. Enjoy your drink here while enjoying fascinating views of the Alps. The Schloß Mariabrunn beer garden is open from 17:00 to 24:00 daily. However, on Saturday and Sunday it is open from 11:00 to 21:30. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Seehaus is a posh beer garden situated in the lake in the huge English Garden, one of the most beautiful areas in Munich. If offers magnificent views and complete relaxation surrounded by water and lush greenery. The Seehaus beer garden is a great favorite with the upper classes in Munich. Drinking here is a costly affair when compared to Chinese Tower beer garden situated just close by. The food and atmosphere here are indeed superior. Apart from the traditional Bavarian fare, you can also look forward to relish French cuisine as well. The Seehaus beer garden is open from 10:00 to 10:00 daily.