♥ When in Rome…
…Or Munich in this case, one must sample the beer – you know, simply to broaden one’s horizon. No excuses – you must taste it. I’m not a beer drinker, as I find it really bloating and I’m not keen on the flavour. However, the German beer is really clean and not as yeasty. A lot of German brewers follow an old fashioned rule that states you must only use water, hops and malt – no additives and such. It certainly pays off when it comes to the palate.
♥ Off the Beaten Track
Aumeister was by far my favourite beer garden in Munich. I found it by chance when I got lost in the northern corner of The Englischen Garten (English Garden). Some lovely locals directed me and I am so grateful. Weirdly, in the appropriately named English Garden I felt like the only English person, well at least in Aumeister (which I loved). The sun was shining down (this of course, is pot luck), every dog owner seemed to be out, and it had a really peaceful atmosphere (despite the crowds and band). I could have happily spent all day there.
♥ Shorts and Braces
You can’t help but smile and cheer when the ‘om pa pa’ band (dressed in lederhosen) start playing. Seriously, if you ever go I bet you’ll be tapping your feet and swaying to the music – it’s infectious. I didn’t recognise any of the songs, but that’s the great thing about it – you can ‘om pa pa’ your way through. Oh and check out the spoon players – they’re a lot noisier and talented than you might think.
♥ Embrace your Inner Tourist
You have to visit the Hofbrauhaus. Yes, it is touristy, but it is also full of locals and it is bloody good fun. You simply find a space on one of the long wooden benches and order a drink from the waiter. It’s really social chatting to your newly acquainted drinking partners. Language barriers do not apply – everyone knows how to clink a stein. If you need further convincing, not only is it right in the city centre (Hochbruchenstrasse will lead you there, you can’t miss it), but it is also free to enter. It’s open from 9am through til late and every time I popped in it was very busy and loud (in a good way). Oh, and don’t forget to look up at the amazing ceiling.
♥ Bread Belly
Beer in one hand, pretzel in the other. They go together like salt and pepper, like Barbie and Ken, like me and travel. Every beer garden I went to sold them. They are super cheap, really filling and great for veggies like moi. I always shared one and it was more than enough (they’re practically the size of my head!). Forget nuts, giant salty pretzels are all the rage in Munich. I just wish it was a trend that would catch on here in the UK.
♥ Learn the Lingo
So you’ve probably worked out that a ‘stein’ is the glass the beer is drank from. Very similar to the English ‘beer’, in German it is simply ‘bier’. Add a ‘hallo’ (hello), ‘ein’ (one) bier ‘bitte’ (pronounced like ‘bitter’ and German for please) and you’re well on your way to being a bonafide Deutsche. Oh and don’t forget a ‘danke’ (pronounced ‘danka’, meaning thank you).
♥ A Slice of China in Munich
82 feet high, located in the famous Englischen Garten, and the second largest beer garden in Munich, with 7,500 seats. You can’t miss the Chinesischer Turm (in both ways). It brings in a touristy crowd with it being a stop point on many cycle tours, but it also has a local scene thanks to the nearby university. I visited on a Monday lunchtime and it was pleasantly quiet. The five storey wooden pagoda the garden centres around is very dramatic and the lanterns add to the ambience. It’s worth a picture. For every beer you buy the price includes an added extra for the stein. You receive a token and provided you return the glass you recoup that extra cost.
What do you think? Do you have any more tips to add to this list? Have I inspired you to visit? X