Bavaria's best Beer Gardens
Bavaria’s beer garden season starts in May and runs right through to October. The shade of ancient horse chestnut trees become a rendezvous for both young and old and locals and visitors alike: a place to enjoy a convivial glass of cool beer and some tasty Bavarian snacks. You can even bring your own picnic.
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The creation of the beer gardens in Munich and the surrounding area dates back to a time when brewing was banned during the summer months due to the increased risk of fire.
To top it all, guests can also enjoy some spectacular scenery: sunny gardens with Alpine views, cool gardens on the water’s edge, chic gardens in abbey grounds, shady gardens under the umbrella of ancient horse chestnut trees.
The tradition of beer gardens has spread all over Germany, but you won't get the genuine thing anywhere else but in greater Munich
What are known as beer gardens in the south are called beer cellars in the north. But rather than sitting “in” the beer cellar you actually sit on top of it!
The beer lovers of Bamberg do not descend to their beer cellars to have a good beer, quite the contrary, they go uphill onto the cellars. There are two hills in Bamberg, Stephansberg hill and Kaulberg hill, that were literally undermined in the Middle Ages, with people digging for sand used as scouring powder.
Read this interesting article on jamieoliver.com about the great German tradition: beer gardens. He spoke to Antje Schneider, manager of Haberl Gastronomie, as well as some of the most outstanding beer gardens in Munich including the famous Chinaturm beergarden in the city's park, English Garden (Englischer Garten).