Munich is famous for its beer gardens, just as London is famous for its pubs. You wouldn’t dream of taking a child on a pub crawl in London, so would Munich beer gardens be off limits to us with children in tow? Turns out that children are very much welcome in Munich beer gardens and what’s more they make the ideal place to eat dinner. Every beer garden we went to not only served food but also allowed you to bring your own.
We asked the nice lady in the tourist office which Munich beer gardens she would take children to, she looked around and told us that she was not allowed to make recommendations whilst writing out a list for us. They were all excellent, so here is that list!
The Viktualienmarkt is slap bang in the middle of Munich and my guide book told me that it was a fruit and vegetable market. And it is. It also happens to have a fine beer garden in corner as well. You can choose to sit and be served your beer and food or select what you want from the many small kiosks selling a variety of food. Just make sure you sit in the right place, as you will either upset the waiting staff or wait a long time! The six main breweries in Munich take it in turns to supply the beer garden.
After a long day visiting all three of Pinakothek museums we strolled through the English Garden to find the Chinesicher Turm beer garden. So called because it is situated at the base of a Chinese pagoda. Here you could sit where ever you liked. All food and drink had to be purchased from a series for small kiosks (unless you bought your own). It was here the Junior CWs discovered Spezi. What is Spezi? I here you cry. It is a fifty-fifty mix of Coke and Fanta, it looks swampy but became the boys’ drink of choice for the whole holiday, always accompanied by a hearty portion of Curry Wurst. Curry Wurst? That will be sausage, curry sauce and chips all sprinkled with curry powder, yum!
PARK CAFE in THE OLD BOTANICAL GARDENS
On our final night in Munich we stayed very close to the main train station. The Park Cafe is a short walk away towards the town centre. Its setting in the old botanical gardens makes it very peaceful. Spezi and Curry Wurst were still the boys’ choice but we branched away from sausages and had Schnitzel, very nice it was too.
OK so the Hofbrauhaus is not technically a beer garden, as it is inside and actually a beer hall. But if you are going to drink beer (or Spezi) in Munich then it would be rude not to visit the place that calls itself “the most famous tavern in the world”. When we visited every table was full of tourists but don’t let that put you off. An oompah band played in the corner and traditionally clad waitresses bustled about.
Even as you leave Munich you can’t escape the beer gardens. The airport has one of its very own, the Airbräu, which even has its own micro brewery. We made the mistake of thinking that you needed to be at the airport a couple of hours before take off and had allowed for lots to go wrong on the journey but nothing did, so what to do with those spare hours? Well sitting in the sunshine in a beer garden was certainly better than being stuck on a plastic chair in the departures lounge.
NEED TO KNOW
- Children are welcome in Munich beer gardens
- Hearty sausage based food is usually available
- In most places you can bring your own food but must buy beer
- You don’t have to drink beer, soft drinks and wine are available
- At some beer gardens you will be given a token with your beer, when you return your glass with the token you will be given €1
Have you been to Munich and do you have a favourite beer garden?
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Lounging around in beer gardens was not all we got up to Munich, if you would like to read about our visit to BMW World and Museum, see just how many different doors we found in the Residenz or revel in the beauty of the Asamkirche, just click on the blue words.