Munich is considered by many as the beer capital of Europe and this summer sees the city celebrate the 200th anniversary of the law that allowed the city to open beer gardens.
Visitors to the city will be treated to a whole host of events in celebration this summer, as well as other highlights including the historic centre of the city, attractions such as the bold Baroque palace ‘Schloss Nymphenburg’ located in a beautiful park and many museums, theatres, bars and restaurants.
The law came about because Bavarians weren’t allowed to brew beer during the summer months; and the beer that had been brewed during the winter was stored in cellars along the River Isar in the shade of chestnut and linden trees.
These places became popular spots for people to sample the beer and in 1812 Kind Max Joseph I passed a law that let these places serve both beer and food – the birth of the beer garden.
Nowadays people can enjoy their favourite tipple and typical foods such as grilled mackerel on a stick; spit roasted chicken and pretzels in more than 180 beer gardens throughout Munich. People also often carry on the 19th century tradition of being allowed to bring their own picnic food if they wish and eat it in the beer garden.
Two-night city breaks to Munich
Specialist German Travel Centre are offering two-night city breaks to Munich from £249 per person including return flights from Heathrow (plus Manchester and Birmingham flights) accommodation on bed and breakfast in centrally located standard class hotel.
To check out the many beer gardens the city offers visit http://www.200yearsbeergarden.com.
- Munich’s best beer gardens (telegraph.co.uk)