We arrived on a Saturday night to Munich, Germany and it was definitely an experience. I planned to have where we were staying be within walking distance of the München Hauptbahnhof (train station) in case we decided to take a day trip from the city centre. When we got off, it reminded me of being on a college campus during game day…after the game; don’t forget this is a usual Saturday night in Munich. Men three times my size were being carried by their friends, some falling over onto the side of the street into on-coming traffic. For a split second I freaked out, but then decided to give the city the benefit of the doubt. We dropped our bags off then met up with some friends who were staying near by.
The next morning we woke up promptly at 8:30am to get our day started. By 9:30am I already had a beer in front of me before my breakfast came at Weisses Bräuhaus. This turned into the theme for the day and the next thing I knew we were doing a beer garden crawl all over Munich. Sunday was sunny, perfect, and really, really hot. So what better to do than sit in shaded gardens and drink cold beer bigger than the size of my head? Nothing, apparently! Everyone was outside in gardens, in the river, or sunbathing anywhere and everywhere.
Here are some of our favorite beer gardens in Munich:
1. Augustiner Bräustuben
Off the beaten tourist track, this huge beer hall provides good atmosphere, great booze and cheap food.
2. The Hofbräuhaus
This is the most popular and also most touristy beer hall in Munich. Nevertheless, it’s also one of the most traditional, a must see!
This is the largest beer garden in the world. It’s providing space for up to 8,000 guests. We went when it was raining, but it is still amazing to see!
4. Augustiner Keller
One of our favorites on our trip, the traditional Augustiner Keller provides an indoor beer hall as well as the second largest beer garden in Munich fits up to 7,000. The atmosphere on a summer evening is amazing…and even better when the World Cup Fütbol match is going on.
This beer garden, Chinesischer Turm is located in the English Garden (Englischer Garten), Munich’s largest park area. It is larger than Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York. This was one of the coolest spots we went to. On a Sunday, you can catch most of the entire city of Munich here listening to music and enjoying cold beer on a hot summer day.
Mid-day I made the executive decision to purchase train tickets to do day trips outside of Munich, and I am so happy I did. Munich is a lovely city with very happy people, good beer and great pretzels; but if you’re looking for more architecture, I suggest visiting a different city that wasn’t rebuilt after the war. It was a little too modern for my taste, but amazing nonetheless.
If you’re looking to sit back, relax and drink a whole lot of amazing beer on your vacation. This is 100% your dream-spot!
Next up: Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle