Hirschgarten is a large park in the west of Munich. The 40-hectare park is also home to the city’s largest beer garden.
In actual fact, with around 8,000 seats, Königlicher Hirschgarten is the largest beer garden in Bavaria. Its history dates back to 1791, when the Elector Karl Theodor built the Jägerhaus (hunting lodge), a forerunner to today’s beer garden. The beer garden belongs to the historical house of the same name, in which the royal Wittelsbacher once celebrated their festivities. The cosy rooms can accommodate a total of 500 people - but this article will focus primarily on the places outside, in the sun or protected under lovely shady trees.
As well as traditional specialities, like cool beer (Hirschgarten serves the Augustiner variety), Obazda (a special cheese dish), pretzels or grilled fish, there is another extra special attraction here. Right next door to the beer garden, there is a small wildlife park – a real highlight for children who can get up close to the animals.
Hirschgarten has been one of the most popular day trip destinations for Munichers since the end of the 18th century and is considered a combination of recreation area and gastronomy. In addition to the wildlife reserve, the park also has playgrounds, meadows, BBQ areas or small hills that are ideal for sledging in the winter. Adults can try curling on five courses from November to March. Every July, the park also draws in the crowds with its Magdalenenfest event, a small folk festival with fairground rides, sausage specialists and a wide array of stalls for shopping.
To get you in the mood for a day in one of the city's most beautiful beer gardens, you'll find reading material here: a beer graden guide, from the last sip in the glass and why everyone can take their own snack with them.
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