Waldwirtschaft literary translates to Forest Inn. The beer garden with its 2,500 seats is located in Großhesselohe on a plateau overlooking the Isar valley. The beer garden, also known as WaWi, has jazz bands playing regularly while the weather is good.
In the 15th century Waldwirtschaft Großhesselohe restaurant originally obtained a license to sell beer. 1930 the Spaten brewery bought over the location.
In 1995 the WaWi beer garden fought against a 9pm closing restriction requested by the Bavarian Administrative Court on behalf of local residents disturbed by the noise levels. The event led to the so-called Beer Garden Revolution at which 25,000 Munich residents took to the streets of Marientplatz to demonstrate for the cause of preserving the Bavarian beer garden culture. A Bavarian Beer Garden Regulation excempting beer gardens from early evening closing in residential areas was consequently established that now applies to all traditional Bavarian beer gardens, ie. those where guests are allowed to bring their own meals while only buying drinks. The Waldwirtschaft beer garden is now permitted to play live music until 11pm.
Already by lunchtime on Sundays the beer garden is usually packed. A Maß Spaten Hell costs costs €7. The Franziskaner Weißbier costs €4 for half Maß. For those who bring their own food, the beer garden offers a barbecue station where steaks and sausages can be grilled by the guests themselves.
Website: www.waldwirtschaft.de (events calender at www.waldwirtschaft.de/wawikalender.html)
- Beer Garden Revolution Documented on the Association for the Preservation of Traditional Beer Gardens website (in German).
- Beer Garden Revolution on German Wikipedia.org.