On the beer lovers’ bucket list tour of the world, Munich ranks high. The city is packed with beer gardens and halls that not only offer something tasty to quench your thirst, but an amazing cultural experience. There is no better way to guide yourself through the many sights of Munich than with a beer garden/hall crawl.

Here are five watering holes we recommend drinking.

Zum Augustiner

Neuhauser Str. 27, 80331

The perfect spot to start any day in Munich, Zum Augustiner is located in the pedestrian precinct of Munich, not far from St. Michael’s Church, Frauenkirche and Neues Rathaus. The foundation to the building it resides was laid in 1294, but at the turn of the 20th century the building was revived and to this day offers the art nouveau style this part of the world is known. The Augustiner Brewery dates back to the 14th century and was crucial to the economy of monks who started brewing it.

Fräulein Grüneis

Lerchenfeldstraße 1a, 80538

This hidden gem is the kind of place a damsel in distress would retreat to in Grimm’s Fairy Tale. Located a few hundred yards into the English Garden from the entrance near Munich’s famous surf spot on the Eisbach, this cottage offers small bites, big beers and more. To think – it was once a toilet block, current owners started dreaming up the drink spot in 2008 and finally opened in 2011.

Restaurant und Biergarten am Chinesischen Turm

Englischer Garten 3, 80538

Once a hunting area, the English Garden is now Munich’s largest and most beloved parks. When Great Elector Karl Theodor started his initaiative to convert this area into a public park in 1789, the Chinesischer Turm or Chinese Tower, which was built in 1790 was a staple of the change. The original tower was destroyed in WWII and resurrected in 1952. The beer garden that surround it is the second in Munich with about 7,500 seats. You can expect cold Hofbrau beer, live music and lederhosens galore!

Seehaus im Englischen Garten

Kleinhesselohe 3, 80802

The views don’t get much prettier than this! Seehaus is located on Kleinhesseloher See, an artificial lake that was added the the Gardens in 1803. The outdoor gardens are ideal for casual drinking and exceptional food. The restaurant offers something a bit more high end. It’s a popular spot among the younger crowd and definitely a place to be seen. For all our wine lovers, never fear, you can have your very own mug of wine here.

Hofbrauhaus

Platzl 9, 80331

The most frequented by tourist, any beer lover can’t leave Munich without a trip to the city’s most well-known beer gardens. Founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria, Wilhelm V, Hofbrauhaus manages to keep its genuine character and history present without becoming cheesy. This beer hall is a must when in Munich and is the place to be during Oktoberfest.

Did we miss a spot? Share your favorite watering hole in Munich with us! We’d love to check it out.

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