When I think about Germany, Bavaria and Munich, first things that come to mind are beer, pretzel and sausage. 40 % of all the European breweries are situated in Bavaria. The area also has the largest consumption of the beer per capita. You can clearly notice it when in town, beer is available, everywhere.
Two weeks ago, on a Friday night in Munich, we were strolling through the old town. After a healthy dinner (vegan and vegetarian hopefully is healthy) with prosecco at Prinz Myshkin we were still in the mood to have a drink or two at Mandarin Oriental Roof top bar. What a view that place had over the town! It was already 21:30 and the bar would close at 22:00, we had to hurry up!
From Manadarin Oriental we could see down to Hofbraehaus and hear the roaring from the beer garden. It was not a difficult decision to make where would we go next.
Once we stepped in to Hofbraehaus we were met by the noise from the big tables where both young and old, tourists and locals were singing and cheering . Hot air and the smell of food felt overwhelming to start with. It was as a big contrast for drink sipping that we had done earlier, but at the same time, it was exactly this kind of atmosphere what I wanted to experience in Munich! The saying: “Beer speaks, people mumble”, was very much true night.
We managed to find a table outside, a slightly more calm part of the beer garden. To share one huge pretzel and a gigantic beer felt like a good idea. We were both afraid if we would ever be able to see the bottom of the beer stein.
Since we had both woken up before 5 o´clock due to travel, we called it a night pretty soon after we managed to finish the giant beer as well and took a metro back to the hotel.
On saturday night we popped into another beer garden, Weisses Braehaus and it felt much calmer. Perhaps we came too late and missed the party?
We had spent some good hours dining at Master´s home but somehow my mini-sized friend Sanne (Mitzie Mee ) was able to try a pork dish. I couldn´t eat anything anymore, not even a tiny pretzel so I took a schnap (a shot) instead as a starter for my beer 😉
Beer gardens in Bavaria area came as an extension of breweries in the 19th century. To begin with, only beer was served and no food was allowed. People brought their own snacks instead, for example pretzels.
Pretzel is a savory snack, a baked bread most commonly shaped into a twisted knot. In Germany you can find pretzels from mini size to a giant one.