It’s impossible to stay in Munich in summer without visiting one of the traditional beer gardens. The Hofbräukeller in the central Haidhausen district is one of my favorite outdoor spots in Munich, as the location is beautiful and the crowd doesn’t seem too touristy.
SPRING TO FALL: Mostly, beer gardens in Munich are open between April and October. On summer evenings, thousands of people stream into these gardens. So what’s the reason? The beer is available “Octoberfest-Style” in liter-glasses called “Maß”, the people are sitting in a big crowd on the 10-persons-tables, which are traditionally located below cooling massive old green chestnut trees.
BEACH BAR INSIDE: The Hofbräukeller beer garden hosts a 10m long beach bar with deck chairs on a sandy ground
DON’T FORGET: Bring your picnic lunch, if you want – Bavarian law allows people to bring their own food into an official beer-garden. For over a 100 years now. Beer gardens work with self-service and delicious food – such as roasted chicken, spare ribs, pretzels and salads. Besides beer, they offer wine and all sorts of non-alcoholic drinks. By the way - a liter (“Maß”) beer costs around € 7.
You can reach the beer garden on a 5 minutes walk from U4/U5 Subway stop “Max-Weber-Platz”, or directly via Tram 16 on stop “Wiener Platz”.