Can you enjoy Munich Beer Gardens with Children?

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.

Pagoda and people drinking on a summer evening at English Garten Munich Beer Gardens

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!


Men serving beer at Viktualien Markt Beer Garden Munich

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.


Curry wurst and Spezi

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!


Weiner Schnitzel

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.


Father and two sons in Hofbrauhaus Munich

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.


Airbrau Beer Garden Munich Airport

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.


  • 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 a drink
  • 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?



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 or revel in the beauty of the Asamkirche, just click on the blue words.

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  1. pigeonpairandme
    July 6, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Mmmm – Spezi and curry wurst, every teen’s dream! I’ve been thinking of going to Munich recently, but I did wonder about whether my 5 and 7 year old would manage in the beer gardens. Were there many children as young as that there? #CulturedKids

    • July 6, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Not in all of them but definitely in the Englisher Garten and the Old Botanical Garden. Munich a great destination

  2. July 7, 2017 / 9:24 am

    This look great ! my husband would enjoy this too! and I’m just getting in to beer!

  3. July 7, 2017 / 9:54 am

    I like the sound of the beer gardens in the botanical gardens! I think my two might be a bit too young for this yet (sigh), although we would love to visit Munich, so perhaps we’ll sneak one onto our itinerary. #culturedkids

    • July 7, 2017 / 9:58 am

      We used to think that the possibility of cycling holidays lay deep in the future and now we can’t keep up!

  4. July 7, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    The Chinesischer Turm biergarten is lovely – I think my son went on the vintage carousel about 20 times! The playground right there is great too. There is a bit of a biergarten set-up inside the zoo as well, also right in the middle of a couple of playgrounds. We definitely saw lots of families. Some Munich friends recommended the Taxisgarten as well, it has a little playground, but more trees and pretty fairy lights at night.

  5. July 7, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    I have to admit, you’re post title piqued my curiosity! ;-) Munich sounds like a fun place to visit! Definitely one for the list. #culturedkids

  6. July 7, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    we have done many pub crawls in London and all over with our toddler LOL, you just make do!! surprisingly a lot of pubs are child friendly. agree, though, that in the UK, we need more child friendly beer gardens.

  7. July 7, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    I visited Munich pregnant. That is far far worse than taking kids. Worst spectator sport ever :-) #culturedkids

  8. Wherejogoes
    July 7, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    I’ve been here and the gardens are lovely and much bigger than I anticipated and a great place to stop -for a beer obviously and for a break from the sightseeing. #CulturedKids

  9. July 9, 2017 / 8:32 am

    I may be mixing up Munich with some other German / Austrian cities that we have visited, but some beer gardens actually have a small playground for kids to romp around as their parents enjoy the (wonderful!) beer and hearty sausages. We love the Viktualianmarkt – I think I’d be there everyday if I lived near central Munich! #CulturedKids

  10. July 9, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    I’m sure my husband would love this but I’m not really into drink and am a fussy eater too. #CulturedKids

  11. July 9, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Sounds like such a brilliant family trip! #culturedkids

  12. July 13, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I sadly still haven’t been!! I’ve been to Munich a million times, but never seem to make it over there, but I’m dying to go just once! #FarawayFiles

  13. July 13, 2017 / 11:34 am

    We often avoid pubs with our young boys as it such hard work keeping them entertained. Fantastic to know they’re so welcoming in Munich. Do any have play areas at all? #FarawayFiles

    • July 13, 2017 / 11:59 am

      Mine are teens now so, I confess, I didn’t check but I have been told that there is a very good play area near the Chinesicher Turm.

  14. July 13, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    We had a great time spending our evenings in Munich in the beer gardens! It’s definitely a much different (and more family friendly) atmosphere than hanging out in a bar. #FarawayFiles

    • July 13, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      We loved our time in Munich and Germany in general is a great family destination

  15. July 13, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    I miss Munich and all its beer gardens! And I agree, they are all so family friendly (and pet friendly too which I love). My son was still a little too young to go with me but I can’t wait to take him to one of my favorite cities in the world :) #farawayfiles

  16. July 13, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Prost! I’m not a beer drinker but when in Munich… I’ll definitely try out these beer gardens. Great tips! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • July 13, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Nor me, usually a Sauvignon Blanc girl but I made an exception for Munich!

  17. Clare Thomson
    July 13, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Beer AND curry wurst? Honestly, I don’t think I could – even in Munich! It’s brilliant that children are welcomed so warmly here. My two would love to try out all the different foods on offer. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • July 13, 2017 / 10:24 pm

      I’m with you on the curry wurst but the teens loved them!

  18. bavariansojourn
    July 14, 2017 / 11:54 am

    So many of my old haunts here. People were always surprised when they visited us and I said we were heading to a biergarten, they are completely different to our “pub gardens” and far more child friendly! :) #culturedkids

  19. July 16, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    I’d never have thought of taking my kids somewhere like this, but it sounds so much fun – for everyone! What a wonderful post. #culturedkids

  20. July 17, 2017 / 8:40 am

    I love that many beer gardens have playgrounds for kids. They are very family friendly. In the town where I live in Germany almost all beer gardens have a playground or sandboxes

  21. July 17, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    How lovely of the lady to give you a list of ones that suited kids. thanks for sharing with us on #MondayEscapes

  22. July 19, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Good tips! And I’ve been craving schnitzel since we left Berlin! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

  23. July 19, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    We’ve been to two of those and while we don’t have kids I can see how they’d be totally suitable. The whole culture of drinking is different in these places, and much better than our stereotypical approach!

  24. July 27, 2017 / 9:41 am

    DD and I are off to Munich next month for a few days. Looking forward to visiting nearby Neuschwanstein Castle!

    • July 27, 2017 / 9:58 am

      We didn’t get to Neuschwanstein but I have been promised another Bavarian holiday

  25. October 2, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    That food looks amazing. Glad to see Oktoberfest can be done with kids


    • October 2, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Food was fantastic, very teen friendly

  26. Wherejogoes
    October 4, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Good for you that the kids came too! They look to be having a great time and what teenage doesn’t want a hearty sausage and chips feast! It’s a winner in my book. #fearlessfamtrav

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