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“World Cup from under a Chestnut Tree”
Review of Hirschgarten

Hirschgarten
Ranked #2 of 219 Nightlife in Munich
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Owner description: With seating for over 9,000 people, Hirschgarten is the largest beer garden in all of Europe.
Reviewed 21 June 2014

The best way to watch the World Cup, maybe even better than being there in person, is from under a chestnut tree in a Munich Biergarten with a nice cold mug of "Helles" blond lager beer.

And if the Biergarten in question is the Hirschgarten, you'll know the beer is good, because it is either Augustiner (considered by many -- including yours truly -- to be the best Munich has to offer) or Tegernseer (brewed at the Ducal brewery in Tegernsee, a resort area about an hour south of Munich, in the foothills to the Alps and just about a mountain valley away from Austria).

However, in order to get that liter mug of beer, you'll have to go to where the washed empty mugs are stored, behind the place where the beer is sold, select a mug, rinse it in the running water tank to get rid of any dust that might have accumulated, and take it to the Kellner who is dispensing the suds (and oh, you'll have to pay for the beer, too, but it's not that expensive).

There are plenty of seats (it's the largest Biergarten in Germany, and can seat 8,000 people, but it's still comfy), and you can watch the World Cup games on a large projector TV screen.

If you get hungry, you can buy food at the Biergarten, including some great Haxe (pig's knuckle), or like other traditional Munich Biergaerten you can bring your own food (but not drink) with you. You'll see lots of families that bring a picnic basket and make a day's outing of it. And there are even some deer to look at (deer = Hirsch; thus Hirschgarten).

And if there's no World Cup game, it's still a great place to just sit back and relax on a summer's afternoon.

Enjoy.

1  Thank Don T
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

After a hard day exploring the Nymphenburg palace stroll through the lovely park and stop for food and a beer. Great service and really tasty Bavarian food. Easy to get to on tram from the centre of Munich. An oasis in the City.

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Although this is the world's biggest beer garden (some 8000 seats), it doesn't look it, partly because it occupies the corner of a much bigger park, and partly because it's spread out between trees, small buildings etc. When we visited this time is was dead because of wet weather (I know, not a good time to visit a beer garden!), but having been in the past when it's more lively, I can say it's the genuine article. If you only visit one beer garden in Munich, you could do a lot worse than this one.

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

The biggest beer garden in the world, so why wouldn't you take a look? Thousands of people were there on the day we visited, but as with most things in Germany, the service doesn't suffer despite the big crowds. Very family orientated, considering the environment.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Enjoying a meal in this expansive beer garden on a warm evening is a must do, especially if you are looking for an authentic, local experience. This isn't a beer hall with music, singing, and dancing. The Hirschgarten is a huge park, complete with soccer fields, ponds, playgrounds, running trails, and deer. But the true gem is the beer garden, with hundreds of tables set among the trees, a relaxed and laid back atmosphere, where families enjoy their evening meal, friends meet for a beer and snack, and neighbors gather for a pot luck. You can bring your own food for a picnic, but the self-service food stands offer perfectly prepared German cuisine; the most moist pork knuckle you will ever have, with crispy, crackling skin, flavorful 1/2 roasted chicken, pretzels the size of your head, and tangy potato salad. There is also a full-service restaurant on the premises, but I don't know why anyone would spend the extra money when delicious, inexpensive food is ready to eat in the park. To truly feel like a local you need to grab a glass, wash it yourself, and head to the beer tent to enjoy a local brew. Wine is also available.

5  Thank vagablondechelle
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