The best ideas on how to enjoy summer in Munich – from beer gardens, and open air markets, to lakes and parks, here’s how to make the most out of your summer vacation in Munich.
Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s oldest open-air farmers market dating back to 1807, is a landmark in the heart of the city. You can marvel at booths decorated with garlands of sausages, mountains of fresh vegetables, and pyramids of fruits. The market has everything from meat, and cheese, to bread, pastries, and fresh squeezed juices; buy some treats for the whole family and enjoy them right then and there, at the beer garden in the center of the market.
“Englischer Garten” is a green oasis and a wonderful place to explore: Rent a paddle boat, stroll along the wooded paths, take a horse-drawn carriage, visit one of its traditional beer gardens, and watch the German answer to surfing on the currents of the waterway called Eisbach (close to Prinzregentenstrasse).
3. River IsarThe Isar river, coming from the Alps, flows smack through the center of Munich and draws people from all walks of life in summer; locals love to sunbathe, picnic, barbecue (in designated areas), and fish (with a license) here. It’s a perfect spot to relax after a day of sightseeing – just be prepared that you might spot some people sunning their buns on the riverbank; nude sunbathing has been allowed here since the 1960’s.
beer gardens, among them the largest beer garden in the world, which seats 8000 people. Our top picks include the crème de la crème of Bavarian hospitality, from bustling beer gardens in the heart of Munich’s farmers market, to idyllic open-air restaurants in the city’s green scene.
this one. This 3-hours bike tour takes you through Munich’s Old Town, along the green banks of the river Isar, and to royal parks and gardens. You’ll also ride through Munich’s famous English Garden, where you’ll stop in one of the city’s best beer gardens for a drink.