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Munich Beer Gardens is an all-in-one reference guide to the many great beer gardens in the Munich area. Whether you are a visitor in town exploring some of the famous beer gardens in the undisputed world capital of beer, or a seasoned beer garden goer looking for a change of venue, this guide has something good to offer for everyone's taste and preference. The printable Google maps on each beer garden page are useful for navigation while beer garden hopping by bike or foot.

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48.026349, 11.098123 Alte Villa

48.086221, 11.200658 Alter Wirt Etterschlag

48.114996, 11.614319 Alter Wirt Ramersdorf

48.098479, 11.417515 Alter Wirt

48.14374, 11.551223

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47.919287, 11.44961 Aujäger

48.260538, 11.567563 Bergl

48.173305, 11.396003 Bienenheim

48.182792, 11.25235 Brauhaus Bruck

47.972248, 11.476496 Bruckenfischer

48.257127, 11.420374 Bräustüberl Dachau (not found!)

48.03107, 11.203871 Bräustüberl Schloss Seefeld

48.395808, 11.728522 Bräustüberl Weihenstephan

48.152516, 11.591982

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Chinesischer Turm

48.136353, 11.548452

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48.162006, 11.537098 Concordia Park

48.123301, 11.156262 Dampfschiff

48.095186, 11.482969 Einkehr zur Schwaige

48.097014, 11.045519 Emminger Hof (not found!)

48.112872, 11.478648 Erdinger Weißbiergarten

48.173112, 11.493174 Fasanerie

48.075197, 11.416925 Forsthaus Kasten

48.10785, 11.932274 Forsthaus St. Hubertus

48.109134, 11.670426 Franziskaner-Garten

48.17015, 11.24985 Fürstenfelder (not found!)

48.165091, 11.782547 Gasthof Grub

48.011663, 11.522459 Grünwalder Forstwirt

48.09581, 11.727337 Gut Keferloh

48.081968, 11.545402

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Gutshof Menterschwaige

48.095742, 11.55744 Harlachinger Einkehr

48.105268, 11.414934 Heide Volm

48.154864, 11.738205 Heimstettener See (not found!)

48.0858, 11.540277 Hinterbrühl

48.162171, 11.602732 Hirschau

48.149449, 11.511156

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48.134574, 11.594868

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48.138134, 11.971949 Hohenlindener Sauschütt

48.125736, 11.526713 Hopfengarten

48.17624, 11.461667 Insel-Mühle

47.977196, 11.185133 Kloster Andechs Bräustüberl

47.978119, 11.466422 Klosterbräu Schäftlarn

47.973602, 11.183331 Klostergasthof Andechs

48.356976, 11.382608 Klostergaststätte Indersdorf

48.131676, 11.544142

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Kongress Garten

48.097014, 11.412284 Kraillinger Brauerei

48.035971, 11.575255 Kugleralm

48.277395, 11.567681 Landgasthof Alter Wirt

48.19741, 11.414398 Langwieder See

48.078912, 11.672225 Leiberheim

47.970775, 11.779903 Liebhard's Bräustüberl zu Aying

48.125209, 11.446053 Lochhamer's

48.147989, 11.55795

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47.981538, 11.282718 Maisinger Seehof

48.086314, 11.478733 Maxhof

48.114973, 11.637676 Michaeli-Garten

48.132957, 11.588961 Muffatwerk

48.245554, 11.662116 Mühlenpark Garching (not found!)

48.104616, 11.534936 Münchner Haupt'

48.035174, 11.35981 Obermühlthal (not found!)

48.142072, 11.564409 Park-Café

48.12619, 11.559463

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Paulaner Bräuhaus

48.121276, 11.582814 Paulanerkeller

48.105608, 11.423142 Pe.Es. Kottmeier

48.416495, 11.727417 Plantage!

48.140645, 11.468756 Prinzregent Garten

48.122191, 11.509061 Rosengarten

48.251591, 11.180713 Räuber-Kneißl-Garten

48.19579, 11.456187 Schießstätte Allach

48.457804, 11.831224 Schlossallee Haag (not found!)

48.029542, 11.369112 Schlossgaststätte Leutstetten (not found!)

48.31226, 11.478058 Schlosswirtschaft Mariabrunn

48.137003, 11.402649 Schloßwirtschaft Gut Freiham

48.24804, 11.55883 Schloßwirtschaft Oberschleißheim

48.052773, 11.10029 SeePost

48.076918, 11.132712 Seehaus Schreyegg

48.160232, 11.59799

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48.099937, 11.560611 Siebenbrunn

48.163144, 11.532603

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48.135206, 11.576441 Viktualienmarkt

48.205465, 11.57216 Weyprechthof

48.066662, 11.539711

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Waldwirtschaft Großhesselohe

48.185835, 11.620148 Zum Aumeister

48.108601, 11.557395

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Zum Flaucher

48.143654, 11.417088 Zur Aubinger Einkehr

Listed below are all traditional beer gardens in and around the greater Munich area. However, in case there any traditional beer missing, please feel free to add them to this list by clicking the edit link above.

History of Munich's beer gardens

Beer gardens originate from a 19th century Munich when they became popular venues during the rule of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. At this time, a dark lager was the most common type of beer. On order of the king, beer had to be brewed during the winter months, because fermentation of this particular type of beer had to occur between four and eight degrees Celsius. So that the large Munich breweries could also sell their beer during the summer, they built cellars along the banks of the Isar river for storing the beer. To further reduce the cellar temperature, they covered the banks in gravel and planted chestnut trees to provide shade during the hot summer months. Soon thereafter, beer cellars were used not only to store beer but also to serve food and beer to the public. Simple benches were placed amongst the trees of these so-called beer gardens which quickly became popular amongst the Munich population. However, this new trend soon had a detrimental effect on many small breweries and restaurants which led them to collectively petition King Ludwig to forbid beer cellars to serve food. A royal decree was consequently passed, preventing all beer cellars in and around Munich from serving food. Instead, the guests of the beer gardens were permitted to bring their own food. While the law is no longer in effect, and as all beer gardens now serve food as well as beer, the Bayerische Biergartenverordnung states that "real" beer gardens should allow guests to bring their own food.

The general understanding nowadays is that as long as you order a beer, you are welcome to bring and consume your own food in the beer garden. Only those beer gardens that still adhere to this Bavarian tradition can be considered real Munich beer gardens.

There is no waitress service in areas where own food can be brought. Instead, there is a self-service canteen where both food and drinks are sold and where the beer is often tapped from wooden barrels in Maß glasses. Most beer gardens have two areas, a served area with regular tables and chairs and another with beer benches for those who buy beer and/or food in the self-serviced canteen. The only rule that guests need to respect is not to bring their own beer.