In summer, Bavaria’s “liquid food” is served in beer gardens. And summer unofficially begins during Lent in March, when the breweries market their bock beers such as Salvator, Maximator, or Triumphator. No matter what you drink – ale, light beer, or Weißbier (wheat beer) from Augustiner, Löwenbräu, or Paulaner – if you haven’t sat on a wooden bench beneath the chestnut trees on a mild summer’s night and sipped a Maß (a litre) of beer while enjoying the aroma of pork sausage or grilled fish, you simply don’t know Munich.

Beer Gardens

  • Daily in season, usually mid-May–late Sep, from 10 or 11am to 11pm, sometimes later. Last orders usually 10:30pm

  • It is best to use public transit when you visit a beer garden

Purity Law for Bavarian Beer

Munich is home to many brewery dynasties. Locals often choose their favourite pubs and beer gardens based on the brews they serve rather than location or food. Personal preferences aside, the Purity Law, which dates back to 1516, is strictly applied to all local beers. According to this law, beer is pure only when it is brewed exclusively from malt (which is germinated grain, usually wheat, barley or spelt), hops, yeast, and water. No additives are allowed.

Bavarian waitresses carry heavy loads

All beer gardens also serve non-alcoholic beverages.

Beer gardens are divided into full-service and self-service areas. In the latter, people are allowed to bring their own picnics.

There are more than 100 beer gardens in Munich and surroundings: together, they can hold over 100,000 people.

Make sure you try “Radi” (white or red radish), “Obazda” (seasoned Camembert), Steckerlfisch, and a large pretzel.

Top 10 Beer Gardens
  1. Augustiner-Keller

    This vast beer garden shaded by ancient chestnut trees, near a former place of execution, has existed since the 19th century. Two hundred decorated tables for regular patrons add a whimsical note. On beautiful summer evenings, this beer garden is packed. Don’t miss the special Augustiner brew from wooden barrels.

    • Arnulfstr. 52

    • 5,000 seats (2,000 full-service)

    • playground

  2. Löwenbräukeller

    A quintessential Munich beer garden. The historic building – near Löwenbräu brewery – hosts annual carnival balls and the tapping of the first Triumphator barrel.

    • Stiglmaierplatz

    • 1,300 seats

  3. Flaucher

    Located on the banks of the Isar beneath a mature stand of trees, this lovely beer garden has a park-like feel. Popular in the daytime with cyclists, sunbathers, volleyball players, and families with children, it is romantic in the evenings by candlelight.

    • Isarauen 8

    • 2,000 seats

    • large playground

  4. Hirschgarten

    Munich’s largest beer garden – which features deer in an enclosure after which the beer garden is named – lies near Nymphenburg Palace. The golden Augustiner brews flow from a huge “stag” barrel.

    • Hirschgarten 1

    • 8,000 seats

    • large playground

  5. Chinesischer Turm

    In the Chinese Pagoda, an Englischer Garten landmark, brass bands play on the second floor on weekends. It is frequented mainly by students, tourists, and local characters.

    • Englischer Garten

    • 7,000 seats

    • playground and antique carousel nearby

  6. Seehaus

    A place to see and be seen, this popular beer garden lies in the centre of the Englischer Garten on a small lake. The terrace overlooking the lake is more stylish, but the beer garden has a cosy atmosphere.

    • Englischer Garten

    • 2,000 seats (400 on the terrace)

    • playground, boat rentals at the lake

  7. Sankt-Emmerams-Mühle

    A beer garden that is both trendy and pastoral.

    • St. Emmeram 41

    • 700 seats, plus 450 seats with self-service

    • playground

  8. Paulaner

    The brewery’s beer garden on the Nockerberg is rather small, but famous for its beer. In March, the brewery hosts a highly original annual event, the Salvator-tapping. There is much laugher as prominent politicians meet, submit to an evening of ribbing, and savour the new bock beer.

    • Hochstr. 77

    • 4,000 seats

    • historic garden pavilion in the beer garden

    • playground

  9. Muffathalle Beer Garden

    On a prime site beside the Isar, Munich’s newest beer garden sports umbrellas instead of traditional chestnut trees. The Muffathalle menu is well-suited to the beer garden – both are varied and full of surprises.

    • Zellstr. 4

    • 300 seats

  10. Hofbräukeller

    Across the Isar in Haidhausen, the Hofbräukeller, once also the site of the brewery and its beer cellar, has attracted patrons since 1892. The canopy of chestnuts is so dense that patrons remain dry and comfortable even on rainy days.

    • Innere Wiener Str. 19

    • 1,700 seats (400 full-service)

    • playground

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