The 7 Best Beer Gardens & Beer Halls in Munich

Munich beer garden

Beer & chill: Beer Gardens are cosy hangouts in Munich

For centuries, beer is and has been an important part of the culinary and cultural heritage of Bavaria and Munich. The best choice for having authentic “beer experience” are the traditional beer halls (indoors) and beer gardens (outdoors).

To present you the best ones, here is our list with 7 recommendations:

1. Augustiner Bräustuben
Off the beaten tourist track, this huge beer hall provides good atmosphere, great booze and cheap food. And the best: it’s just a 10 minutes walk from our wombats CITY HOSTEL Munich at the Landsberger Straße 19. www.augustiner-braeustuben.de

2. Waldwirtschaft (a.k.a WA-WI)
If there is any one beer garden that is an absolute must see, it this cosy place in the southern suburbs of Munich. If the weather is good, you just have to go there, as it offers a cosy outdoor location, live jazz and big band sounds on the weekend and traditional food stalls. www.waldwirtschaft.de

3. Max Emanuel Brauerei (a.k.a. Max E)
Backpacker’s recommendation: This beer garden is quite close to the university, making it a popular hangout for students and people from all over the world. www.max-emanuel-brauerei.de

4. The Hofbräuhaus
Be warned: this is the most popular and also most touristy beer hall in Munich. Nevertheless, it’s also one of the most traditional and it helped to shape the city’s beer culture. www.hofbraeuhaus.de

5. Hirschgarten
This is the largest beer garden in the world. It’s providing space for up to 8.000 (!) guests and is part of Munich beer culture since 1791. www.hirschgarten.de

6. Seehaus
Well, it is overpriced and posh, a place to hang out for Munich’s celebs and those who wanna be. BUT: you hardly can beat the location, as it is based right on the shore of a lake in the English Garden, next to a paddle boat rental. www.kuffer-gastronomie.com

7. Augustiner Keller
The traditional Augustiner Keller provides an indoor beer hall as well as the second largest beer garden in Munich (up to 7.000 guests). Here, the atmosphere on a summer evening is without equal. www.augustinerkeller.de

Well, that’s all for now – if you have any personal recommendations for beer halls & gardens in Munich, just post them as a comment below!

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Christmas market at Vienna city hall

Christmas in Vienna

Christmas away from home can be hard for some people. Fortunately, wombat’s Vienna did everything they could to make it feel like being home for my holidays last year. Upon arriving on Christmas Eve, there was a nice Christmas tree, and Christmas cookies at reception. I love Christmas cookies, so this already made me extremely happy!

Wombat’s Vienna Naschmarkt is a stone’s throw from the U-Bahn station, making my walk through the Austrian winter extremely short, which I very much appreciated. There is also an open air market right across the street, which has dozens of shops to buy warm food and groceries. After I checked in, the friendly staff gave me two free drink tickets (bonus!) and informed me that because it was Christmas Eve, they would be serving a warm punch at the bar tonight for free. Who needs presents when you have warm punch?

I decided to go on the free walking tour wombat’s has the next day. It was extremely cold out, but there was still a big group bundled up and ready to go! Our tour guide showed us around to a lot of the local sights, and I made friends with a few of my tour buddies!

Vienna is a beautiful, charming city and happens to be home of the original Wiener Schnitzel! There are several restaurants that specialize in schnitzel, so I would advise to do your research to decide which one to go to! Figlmüller seems to be the most popular, but make sure to make reservations in advance, as it fills up very quickly! I would also recommend enjoying some delicious Viennese coffee while you are there.

Nightlife it pretty diverse in Vienna, so I asked the wombat’s staff where to go based on my preferences. Turns out Christmas in Vienna has some special options in terms of nightlife. They had some great insight and made some recommendations that turned out to be just what I was looking for. I also spent some time at a couple of the Christmas markets, which are my favorite part of Europe in December. Nothing beats a mug of Glühwein (warm mulled wine) when its snowing outside.

It was cool to finally visit one of the original wombat’s on my trip around Europe. There is definitely a wombat’s theme, but each location has their own local flare. The most common similarities though, are the fantastic locations (both to public transport and activities) and the amazingly friendly staff. Thanks for making my Christmas in Vienna one to remember!

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The Trail to the Perfect Wiener Schnitzel!

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Wiener schnitzel

Our guests are famous for cooking the most delicious meals in our hostels’ kitchens. We have seen so much different feasts from different countries, prepared with basic ingredients on a small budget – thanks for all the inspiration, folks!

But the key insight from the food thing was: the best way to understand a country is to understand (and eat!!!) its cuisine… And to learn about Austria, our guests should learn about the “Wiener Schnitzel“!

For your info: The “Wiener Schnitzel” (Engl.: Viennese Schnitzel or escalope) is one of the most popular meals of the unique cuisine of Vienna and part of the Austrian cultural heritage.

Learn how to cook a delicious Wiener Schnitzel

wiener schnitzel cooking class and recipe, ViennaThat’s why we invented the WOM-COOK, our legendary Wiener Schnitzel Tour in Vienna. It takes you on the trail to the perfect Schnitzel: Meeting point is every Friday at 11 a.m. at our wombats CITY HOSTEL at “The Naschmarkt”. Together with other travellers you head out to buy all the necessary ingredients. Along the way our “Schnitzel-Guides” will teach you about the tradition of Viennese food and its origins.

After that the group returns to the kitchen at our wombats hostel “The Naschmarkt”, where you prepare your own Schnitzel. In the end, all participants will eat their masterworks and a judging panel of Austrian “cuisine experts” will reward the best one. And rumour has it that after these Schnitzel-Sessions the participants team up to explore Vienna together – cuisine is connecting people.

The tour costs 19 € and includes all the ingredients. For more information just contact the reception staff in our Viennese hostels.

So see you at one of our WOM-COOK tours and enjoy your Schnitzel. Mahlzeit!!! (The Austrian saying for “bon appetit“/“enjoy your meal“).

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