WaWi in Munich, the Beer Garden for a real Brotzeit

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Obatzda, made from Camembert, butter, onions and spices
Obatzda, made from Camembert, butter, onions and spices

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Munich in Bavaria has the reputation to be the city of beer and breweries. Combined with the unique Bavarian live style it comes to no surprise, that beer gardens for every ones taste can be found, with some of them looking back to a long history. South in Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide), in the district Großhesselohe, you will find the Waldwirtschaft, best translated with Forest-Inn, but commonly known by Munich's citizens as WaWi. This is a truly original beer garden high above the valley of the river Isar and the most beautiful place for a typical Bavarian Brotzeit.

Live music is high on the agenda at the Munich WaWi with a rich program including traditional Jazz such as Dixieland, Blues and Swing with local- and international bands performing daily and nightly. On a sunny Sunday morning you will be surprised to meet so many like minded people here and great fun is guaranteed. Huge trees provide you with shade on a hot summer day and there is space to accommodate up to 2,200 guests, who will be primarily seated on wooden table sets. Additionally a tent covers the heart of the beer garden, in case the weather is not so great during the stay. Since the new owner started in 1981, the Munich WaWi became one of the all year round operating and best known beer gardens in Bavaria. So maybe that's why you will find the rich and famous sitting right next to you.

Beer is a part of culture in Munich and already around 1600, Munich had reached its peak with 80 breweries! In the 19th century there were still 60, with small ones eventually closing their doors or taken over by bigger companies such as Löwenbräu. Today there are 6 breweries left, also providing the beers for the worldwide unrivaled Oktoberfest. Todays breweries are Augustiner, Hacker Pschorr, the state-run Hofbräuhaus, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and the Spaten-Brauerei.

Beer gardens started to exist already around the middle of the 16th century. In those days for security reasons, a fire could easily break out; it was only aloud to brew beer between the end of September and end of April each year. The so called Märzenbier, a stronger March-beer, was brewed to last through the summer months. To cool the beer, special beer-cellars were constructed near the breweries. Because of the high underground water level in Munich deep cellars were out of question and that's why many trees, especially robust and big leaved chestnut trees were planted to provide coolness and shade. Off course the breweries started to add tables and chairs and served customers who came in huge numbers. The beer gardens were born, but local restaurant owners did not fancy this competition and King Ludwig I finally forbid the sale of food in those beer-gardens. No obstacle for Munich's beer garden lovers though, they responded by bringing their own food to the premises and the tradition of a Brotzeit was born, and is still sacred to real Bavarian.

In case you visit a real beer garden don't be surprised to see people doing just that or much better, why don't you join in this tradition? Here's what you need to make it authentic: a table-cloth, best red and white checkered, not blue and white diamonds! Wooden boards, cutlery and napkins; Radi, a long white radish and a special sharp knife to cut the Radi in spirals; Leberkaas, a kind of meat loaf, regional cheese like Emmentaler, Romadur or Limburger, salt, pepper and mustard; fresh country butter, brown bread and fresh Brezn, or Pretzel. Other toppings for your bread could be tomatoes, chives, small red radish, lard, also mixed with greaves and Obatzda. This a savory cream of mashed Camembert cheese, butter, very fine chopped onions, spiced with salt, pepper, paprika, caraway and a bit of wheat beer! Now, don't bring your Brotzeit in a plastic bag but in a natural wicker basket since by tradition, all materials used should be as natural as possible! Off course this is not a complete list off foods, add potato- or sausage salad, oh and maybe even candles for the time after sun down. Enjoy your food, the beers, the music and make it a beautiful day

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Monika Petra

This travel guide has been written by Monika Petra.

In her own words: When children are born they receive certain gifts to put them to good use or not. In my cradle there must have been at least music and the curiosity for the world we live in. Luckily I could combine those gifts eventually. My live as a jazz vocalist guided me to see and experience many places in Germany and far beyond. As in my music I like to dive in the historical background of given facts, simply to understand the present. During my travel, my circles got wider and wider and since many years I am now living in Thailand, very interesting to say the least. I grew up in Paderborn, lived and studied Jazz in Cologne's Musikhochschule and worked a while in Bayreuth and Kulmbach. My travels throughout Germany took me to all major cities and small towns. It was the people and local differences, be it language, food, traditions and customs, which made it a lot of fun. When finally the wall came down, I was one of those in Berlin posing on the rests of it for the camera. Off course I took the first opportunity to rediscover the new but old states of Germany and finally understood the impact the wall had on all Germans and in regards to the worst part in German history. Being a German living abroad, I discovered in years what I value most about Germany. Rest assured it is a country of rich cultural background still alive today. I visit my home country regularly and stay in touch with my friends, even those back from school. Another thing I always felt passionate about is writing and sharing my experience and thoughts. The internet provides us all with a great opportunity to connect, tell stories, read and learn from others and grow as a global community.

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Location, Map, and Driving Directions

Location: Georg-Kalb-Straße 3, 82049 Pullach-Großhesselohe, Germany

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Opening Hours

Waldwirtschaft Großhesselohe, open daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., also in Winter.

Contact Information

Email: info@waldwirtschaft.de
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 74 99 40 30
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 74 99 40 39

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