Tower and entrance of the Löwenbräukeller restaurant in Munich

Löwenbräukeller

A historic beer hall

Munich’s tavern culture has been thriving at Löwenbräukeller (Löwenbräu Beer Cellar) on Stiglmaierplatz square for over 130 years.

Marked by the distinctive lion sitting above its main entrance and the large tower with its green copper spire, Löwenbräukeller is just a few minutes away from Munich Hauptbahnhof (central station) by foot.

This traditional tavern houses a rustic restaurant, a historic beer hall (or Schwemme as it is known here) and an authentic beer garden where you can bring your own Brotzeit (a traditional snack of meat, bread and cheese) as is the custom in Munich. The people of Munich have their first monarch, King Max I Joseph of Bavaria, to thank for this rule. His “Beer Garden Decree” from 1812 is still in place to this day. However, visitors must purchase their drinks when in a beer garden.

If you don't fancy bringing your picnic basket, you can order a traditional Bavarian speciality like Brezn (pretzel), Obazda (a cheese delicacy), Hendl (roast chicken) or Radi (radishes) from the self-service counters at Löwenbräukeller beer garden. The menu also features dishes like spare ribs, steaks, burgers and Flammkuchen (a very thin pizza baked in a wood oven).

If you visit Löwenbräukeller beer garden in the winter, you can enjoy a mulled wine instead of beer and even watch a game of curling amongst the pine trees.

Tip: The Löwenbräu brewery is not far from the beer cellar. If you go down Nymphenburger Strasse to the corner of Sandstrasse, you can peer through the glass front for a glimpse of the enormous brewing kettles.

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Photo: Kerstin Jungblut

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A sign on top of a maypole in Munich that has the word beer garden on it.

Ja, Servus mitanand!

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People in a beer garden at the Viktualienmarkt in Munich.

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A lot of persons are sitting on benches in a beer garten in Munich at a lake and are talking to each other. In the foreground is a green leaf.

Take a break at the lake

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Tapped from wooden barrels

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Two beer steins on a table in a beergarden in Munich at sunset.

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Located on the banks of the Isar river, Hofbräukeller is an institution in the Haidhausen district. Its history goes hand-in-hand with Munich’s beer-brewing tradition. 

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In the shade of the pagoda

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Beer garden in the background of the Hirschgartens.

Munich's biggest beer garden

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Tower and entrance of the Löwenbräukeller restaurant in Munich

A historic beer hall

Munich’s tavern culture has been thriving at Löwenbräukeller on Stiglmaierplatz square for over 130 years.

Munich’s tavern culture has been thriving at Löwenbräukeller on Stiglmaierplatz square for over 130 years.

Facade of the Hofbräuhaus in Munich.

The original comes from Munich

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“In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus – oans, zwoa, g’suffa…” That is the opening line of the 1935 song that made the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl famous all over the world.

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