The Top 5 beer gardens in Munich for first time visitors

by amuc001

If you are planning to travel to Munich and have never been there before, you will certainly have a visit to the beer garden at the top of your to-do list. Beer gardens are part of the Bavarian heritage and there are many really beautiful beer gardens in Munich.

Munich - the beer garden epicentre of Europe

You will find any type of beer garden in and around Munich.

From beer gardens that are neatly hidden and not easy to reach, to beer gardens that are primarily visited by tourists, beer gardens that are trendy and cool, or just simple beer gardens used by local residents. You can quickly lose the overview . That’s why I have put together my top 5 Munich beer gardens for first-time visitors.

Everyone has different preferences. Some travellers want to experience a massive beer garden with lots of people, others want to sit in a quiet, small neighborhood beer garden to feel like a local rather than a tourist. I have put together something for every taste.

Visit one or try out several of the following beer gardens during your Munich trip. You will not be disappointed.

1. Augustiner Keller Beer Garden

The Augustiner Keller Biergarten, which is usually only called „Augustiner Biergarten“ by locals, is probably one of the most famous and oldest beer gardens in Munich. It was first mentioned in 1812 and since then has existed in almost unchanged form in the same place.

It is popular with young and old but also visited by a large number of tourists due to its central location close to the main train station and the city centre. It is also only a 15-minute walk from the Oktoberfest festival grounds. This strategically perfect location makes it always very crowded on nice days.

How big is the beer garden?
The Augustiner Keller beer garden is one of the largest beer gardens in Munich. Here you can get lost if you want to get back from the toilet to your table, where family or friends are already waiting for their beer, which you usually get yourself. The beer garden has a total of over 5,000 seats. But these seats can get really full and you have to search for free seats or sit down with other people.

Is there a part with service?
Yes, this area with a la carte food and service (waitresses/waiters) is located near the main building.

What is the composition of the audience?
The visitors of the Augustiner Biergarten are a diverse mix of people. Among the numerous tourists from China, Russia, Italy, Spain, the USA, and Australia are local business people who come to have a beer with colleagues after work. There are also local elderly residents who have always enjoyed coming here to meet and chat. Because of the large playground in the beer garden, it is also a magnet for families with children.

Is food available to buy?
Of course. All Bavarian beer garden classics are available. From cold cuts and cheese to roasted pork, pretzels and spareribs you will find everything for a great beer garden meal.

Opening hours (only when the weather is nice)

  • Monday - Sunday
    11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    (last order 11:30 PM)

In special occasions, the beer garden may be closed. You can check here if the beer garden is open here: www.augustinerkeller.de
(on the right-hand side you will find a banner stating the opening-status)

  • Address

    Arnulfstr. 52, 80335 Munich

  • Website

    www.augustinerkeller.de (Languages: English, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Chinese)

  • Distance to airport

    By car/taxi: 45 - 60 min; By S-Bahn: 45 min; By Lufthansa Express-Bus: 60 min

  • Public Transport

    Tramway (station "Hackerbrücke") or S-Bahn (station "Hackerbrücke")

  • Food options

    Food options: A la carte (serviced area) & self-service (non-serviced-area). vegetarian and vegan options available, but limited.

  • Available beverages

    Augustiner-Brewery beer (lager, wheat, pilsener, dark); König-Ludwig Brewery beer (dark wheat, alcohol reduced wheat, alcohol free wheat); Clausthaler (alcohol free pilsener); Radler and Russ (shandy) available. Sodas/lemonades available, wines, sparkling wines and longdrinks/shots available, coffee specialities available.

  • Family friendly?

    Yes! (huge playground)

  • LGBTQ-friendly?

    Yes, but not a specific LGBTQ-location.

3. Do not use automatic/dynamic currency conversion

When you withdraw money from an ATM or even when you make a purchase with your credit card, you may be asked by the machine or vendor if you want to pay in local currency or in your home currency (e.g. USD, CAD, AUD).
In any case, always pay in local currency, as there is a rip-off waiting to happen.
The operators use the DCC (Dynamic Currency Conversion). Often this is described as a „service“ for the customer, but behind it is only a much higher conversion rate. So if you are in Europe and you are asked by the machine or the vendor whether you want to pay in Euros or in your home currency, always say „in Euros please“.

4. Don't get confused by EC Card

In a restaurant I once visited, I saw American tourists who wanted to pay with their credit card but were refused by the waitress. The family felt discriminated against, since local guests could very well pay with a card. Because of the communication difficulties, there was a loose situation here. What remained was an annoyed waitress and an angry family who felt discriminated against.

In Germany, card payment is often accepted in restaurants and stores. However, this does not automatically mean that credit cards are accepted. Often you will find a note, e.g. in menu cards of a restaurant or stickers on the entrance doors of stores, that „EC card payment is possible“.

EC card usually means a German (or at least European) bank debit card. These usually have a magnetic strip and chip.

Therefore, it is sometimes possible to pay with a card instead of cash, but often it means an EC card.

Always ask if it is possible to pay with credit card before buying something or make your order in a restaurant. Often there are stickers at the entrance doors which show you the available payment possibilities.

5. Always know your PINs

In Europe you will need your PIN when paying with credit card.  This applies for either payments where you use the credit card chip/magnetic strip or the contactless payment option.

With contacless payment you can usually pay up to 50 EUR without PIN.

But better know all the PINs of your credit cards you bring with you – this will save you from embarassing moments.

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