You can find a lot of “Most beautiful beergardens of Munich” lists. We want to show you the smaller, not crowded ones. The places where we enjoy ourselves drinking a cool beer on hot summer days.
There is no written law that tells us how an authentic beergarden has to look like. But we – and many other Munich citizens – have still a clear idea about it. Munich´s beergarden tradition dates back to the 19th century. At that time, beer was stored in deep cellars and cooled with ice. On the surface gravel enhanced the cooling effect. And the dense foliage of chestnut trees provided shadow. From 1799 the brewers were allowed to serve beer there. So they put some tables and benches beneath the trees and founded a tradition. These beer gardens soon became a popular destination for Munich people. Since serving dishes was forbidden to brewers, everybody brought his own food.
Therefore we think that an authentic beergarden needs to meet the following criteria:
- There must be chestnut trees.
- We want to sit at beer tables and benches.
- You have to be allowed to bring food.
- Beer is delivered by one brewery only.
- If all other conditions are met: There should be gravel on the ground.
Small Beergarden No 1.: Max-Emanuel-Brewery
The small beergarden in the university area called Maxvorstadt is popular among students and the young at heart. This has been a classic for many years. But many Munich residents have just heard of it or don’t know it at all. On warm evenings sitting under the many lights towering old chestnut trees is very pleasant. We highly appreciate this aspect about this beergarden. We like the guests and the casual atmosphere there. The beer garden is close to our apartment That is why we like going there for a relaxed summer evening. But we dislike the fact that the delicious oriental food, which was special about this place, is no longer available.
A hidden gem in Sendling. This friendly and small beergarden is located in a beautiful area. In its neighbourhood you can still see the heart of the former village Sendling. Very close there is both a beautiful church and a historic farmhouse.
If you don’t live nearby, you are not likely to discover this beergarden. Laimer’s beergarden is located hidden in a neighbourhood of row houses. The restaurant is also worth seeing due to its Art Nouveau architecture and beautiful interior. Next to it there is also a small cinema showing arthouse movies.
Pure idyll. Sit down on the bench just next to the water and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the Ostpark (park in the eastern part of Munich)! Due to its lakeside location the Michaeligarten looks similar to the Seehaus Beergarden in the English Garden. But it’s much more relaxed here. People just enjoy socializing and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Watching people and being watched, which in some areas is a favorite Munich pastime, is not relevant here. We are big fans of this alternative.
5. Alter Wirt
We’ve been visiting Alter Wirt for some time, both the authentic Bavarian restaurant and the shady beergarden. The origin of the Alter Wirt dates back to a restaurant opened in 1692. Pilgrims stayed here, when worshipping at the nearby Maria Ramersdorf church. By the way, this Roccoco church is very much worth a visit. The significant onian-domed Bavarian-style tower can be seen by drivers arriving at Munich from Highway A8. Inside this church looks like a treasure. You can find relics of the former villages at many places in Munich. But here in Ramersorf the old village still looks complete.
6. Die Inselmühle
Our dear friend Ralf told us about the fabulous Inselmühle beergarden. He was our food coach at the Viktualienmarkt recently. You can learn more here about our breakfast in the “Heart of Munich”.
We visited the Inselmühle only one time and already we found our new favorite beergarden. What we like most is that you can sit right at the river “Würm”. We also enjoyed the cycling tour to our destination, always following the Würm. Inselmühle was the first stop of our beergarden tour. We would have loved to linger, but there was still lots of work to do.
Not only adults were having a great time there. Everyone’s enjoying in one’s own way:
After presenting our personal favorite small beergardens to you, we would also like to give you a
6. Temporary Extra recommendation
In Munich currently the Oktoberfest is under construction. Few locals know the “Octoberfest Cafeterias”. There are two options: One in the east and one of the west of the Theresienwiese (Oktoberfest area). The recommendation would be in the west. There is not only a nice beergarden for good weather days, but also a mini-Oktoberfest tent with typical Bavarian deco (white-blue). All social classes visit the cafeteria. This is how it should be in a beergarden. The mood is good. It’s a bit like a Munich “Boazn” (translation: something like a cosy pub, but you have to experience it yourself). It’s an atmospheric and special place to have your lunch.
You find the “Oktoberfest Cafeteria in the west right below the Bavaria statue during the time of construction.
Text: Christian und Ricarda C. Hollweg
Fotos: Ricarda C. Hollweg
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