The market has been a staple of Bavarian life for centuries, and it’s still going strong today. It’s known for its fresh produce, delicious food stalls, and vibrant atmosphere. But there’s another attraction at Viktualienmarkt that makes it truly special: the beer garden.
The beer garden at Viktualienmarkt dates back to 1812 when King Maximilian I granted permission to sell beer on Sundays outside of taverns. This was an effort to reduce public drunkenness and keep people from drinking too many indoors during religious services on Sundays. The tradition stuck, and soon enough the area around Viktuailenmarkt became a popular spot for locals to grab a cold brew while enjoying some sun and good company outdoors.
Today, you can still find plenty of folks enjoying their beers in the sunshine at this historic beer garden (known as Biergarten). There are over 400 seats available under chestnut trees or umbrellas – perfect for a hot summer day. You can also enjoy traditional Bavarian dishes like pork knuckle or roast chicken with dumplings here, as well as sample some local craft beers from nearby breweries like Hacker-Pschorr or Hofbräuhaus München. Plus, if you want something sweet after your meal, you can try some freshly baked pretzels sold by vendors all around the market square.
If you’re looking for a unique way to experience Munich culture, then visiting the Beer Garden at Viktuailenmarkt is definitely worth checking out.