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Beer Garden Culture Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Culture, Language, Traditions

Now that the weather is brightening up I went for lunch in a typical Bavarian beer garden, which gave me the idea to share with you some beer garden tips and why it’s so popular to go in Bavaria!

There are many Augustiner beer gardens around Munich! This one I went to today. Own photo.

One of the great things in der Biergarten (the beer garden) is that it is erlaubt (allowed) to bring your own food, so you could bring an entire picnic with you and no one would mind! However you do have to buy die Getränke (the drinks) at the beer garden, which is fair enough anyway seeing as it is a beer garden after all.

Cutlery traditionally served in “ein Krug” (jug/mug). Own photo.


It is very traditional to see Kastanienbäume (chestnut trees) in a beer garden, I’m not entirely sure what the reason is to this but it makes sense as they are very big and therefore give plenty of shade on a hot summers day.

The biggest beer garden in Munich is by Hirschgarten (“Deer garden”) with around 8000 seats! I was there last year to watch the Fussballweltmeisterschaft (football world cup) which was a great experience. Germany started public viewings in beer gardens of the world cup in 2006 and since then they show not only the world cup, but also other big football matches around the year.

On Feiertagen (bank/public holidays) you can often find live bands playing in beer gardens as well, which makes the whole stimmung (atmosphere/mood) even better as usual.

Here’s some helpful vocabulary and sentences of what you might see in a typical Bavarian menu:

Brotzeit                                            Literal translation “bread time”:  This is exactly what it says – lots of bread or sandwiches with various cheeses and meat.

Obazda/Obatzter/Obatzda           This is a Bavarian speciality which is like a cheese spread, often eaten with Brezn. It contains camembert, butter, ground red pepper, cumin and onion.

Brezn                                                 Another Bavarian word, in hochdeutsch (“high german”/normal german) it’s called Laugengebäck which in English means pretzel!

Knödel                                              Dumplings. They can be made out of potato (Kartoffelknödel) or bread (Semmelknödel)

Ein Helles                                          A lager

Das Spezi                                           A drink mixture of coca cola and Orangenlimonade (orange lemonade)

Die Eis                                                 Ice cream! Perfect for a hot day and also for Kinder (children)

A chestnut tree in Spring with blue skies. Own photo.

Have you ever been to a German beer garden?

Bis bald,



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About the Author: Larissa

Hello I'm Larissa. I live in Germany and I am half German and half English. I love sharing my passion for Germany with you through my posts! Apart from writing posts I teach fitness classes in Munich.


  1. Vancouver Jazz Fest:

    Besides the usual lime and salt on the beer, what do you guys usually add to your beer?