3 beer gardens in Munich that neither time nor tourism has barely touched

Münchner Haupt. Photo: waldfest.deSo you have been to the the Chinese Tower, Hirschgarten, Seehaus, as well as other top Munich beer gardens and you are looking for another place to get the essence of Munich. Whether you live here or are just visiting, and you want something 'off the beaten path', then maybe these beer gardens are worth a try. Here's a list of three that have all the things you need and want, tradition, tranquility and atmosphere, without all of the other things (too many tourists and high prices) that the other more popular beer gardens in Munich have.

The first is called Wirtshaus am Bavariapark. Located on the northeast edge of Bavaria Park, this beer garden has delicious Augustiner beer and enough space to almost always guarantee a place for up to 6 or 8 people at one table. It is a short walk from the U-Bahn station Schwanthalerhöhe, or can be reached with Bus 134. There are no streets within 100 metres so it is very quiet. Grilled mackerel on a stick and the usual Bavarian fare is on offer. A two-piece brass ensemble often play here and normally there are few tourists, so this beer garden is traditional and cheaper than some of the other bigger, better known ones that are in the city.

The second one is Münchner Haupt. It is located on Zielstattstraße 6, which is a short walk south from the Mittersendlinger S-Bahn station on the number 7 line. It is located near an old estate which houses a shooting club and is over 600 years old. It also has traditional Bavarian food, and for a change offers Kaltenberg beer which is atypical for Munich. It has seating for 2,500 persons and is rarely filled to capacity.

Finally, Zum Grünen Baum, Verdistr. 6, is just a few paces west of the S-Bahn station in Obermenzing, and is a perfect place to stop after a day in Dachau, as it is also on the S2 (S-Bahn). Augustiner is served here too, at a bit more than 3EUR per half-liter, so the price is definitely right. Palace Blutenberg is a kilometre due west, and Palace Nymphenburg is the same distance southeast. It also has traditional Bavarian victuals, and when the bell rings it means a fresh wooden keg is being tapped, so be sure to get some of the freshest, best-tasting beer around!

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