The Englischer Garten (German for English Garden) is a 910-acre park in the heart of Munich, Bavaria and is home to the second largest beer garden in Munich, the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower). This beer garden is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike and is notorious for its eccentric environment.
The tower consists of 5 stories and is surrounded by benches and food/beer venues offering visitors an inviting place to relax. Here you can buy food such as grilled fish on a stick, roasted chicken, roasted pork knuckles, and of course the traditional pretzel. They offer Hofbräu and Maß Hell beers and every beer on the menu can be purchased for a reasonable price of around 2-3 euro.
I decided on purchasing a Hofbräu Weissbier- a tasty wheat beer. This was my first time trying German wheat beer and I immediately fell in love, as did many of the other beer garden visitors. This beer is top-fermented and contains a lot of wheat (surprisingly easy to taste in the beer). Its hard to compare this to the beers I’ve tried in the states because the flavor is so much more than what I’m used too. Needless to say, it was delicious. The beer had a tinge of bitterness with a very pleasant aftertaste. While the foam that collects on the top of the beer was a bit overwhelming, it didn’t contain the high taste of carbonation that many American beers have. My initial thought was, “This is what beer is supposed to taste like.”
During my visit there wasn’t a huge crowd and about half the beer garden was left unfilled. It was moderate and comfortable and very easy to navigate. The benches surrounding the large Chinese tower that sat in the middle of the beer garden were perfect for large groups. The closeness of the benches encourages visitors to communicate with those around them. The connectedness of the beer garden was one of my favorite aspects. It was easy to meet new people as well as mingle with those I visited the Chinesischer Turm with. Overall this was one of my favorite places to drink in Munich.
The beer garden is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., depending on the weather. The address for the English Garden is Englischen Garten 3, 800538 Munich (Schwabing), Germany. They can be reached by phone at +49-(0)89-38387320.