Chinese Tower

Beer Garden / Drinking Activity / Landmark
Chinese Tower Named for the tall, centuries-old Chinese pagoda rising at its center, Chinese Tower is reportedly the second largest beer garden in the world and can accommodate up to 3,000 guests. Munich Germany 48.152543 11.592086
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Chinese Tower - Beer Garden | Drinking Activity | Landmark in Munich.
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Party Earth Review Named for the tall, centuries-old Chinese pagoda rising at its center, Chinese Tower is reportedly the second largest beer garden in the world and can accommodate up to 3,000 guests. Situated in the middle of Englischer... ... read full review

  • Train:

    U: Giselastrasse, Universität

  • Phone:

    089 3838730

  • Hours:

    Daily 11am–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Chinese Tower Review

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Named for the tall, centuries-old Chinese pagoda rising at its center, Chinese Tower is reportedly the second largest beer garden in the world and can accommodate up to 3,000 guests.

Named for the tall, centuries-old Chinese pagoda rising at its center, Chinese Tower is reportedly the second largest beer garden in the world and can accommodate up to 3,000 guests.

Situated in the middle of Englischer Garten, the outdoor bar features row upon row of picnic tables that are regularly flooded with a mix of locals, students, business people, and travelers.

As is true of most beer gardens, everything is self-service, so patrons have to line up at the various counters for drinks, food, and snacks before weaving their way to a table under the trees.

On the weekends, a traditional brass oom-pah band entertains the crowd from its perch on top of the pagoda, creating an even livelier atmosphere for the crowd relaxing in the sun over liters of Bavarian beer and plates of Nuremberg sausage.

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Tip from Emma:

The Bavarian delicacies can get a little expensive at the Chinese Tower, but like most of the beer gardens in the city, they allow you to bring your own food so you can still enjoy the experience without breaking the bank.

  • Crowd

    Mix of business people, students, and travelers of all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live oom-pah band or German oldies.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Traditional Munich and Bavarian dishes including their famous Nuremberg sausages with sauerkrautsalat.

  • Prices

    Menu €4–€15. Drink deposit token €1. Beer €6.90/liter.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    All the tables are outside, so this is the place to be on a nice evening.

Chinese Tower User Reviews

Average rating:
A must-see but not the best beer hall
Jody P. Dec 11, 2012
The Chinese Tower is a beer garden within a beer garden. I think it is one of the biggest in the world and is interesting with its pagoda in the middle of a bunch of trees and picnic tables. The Chinese Tower is a huge tourist attraction and it is pretty cool to see, but we didn't eat there because of the price. The food looked pretty good but it was just so pricey. I think this is a must-see in Munich, but if you want to eat in a beer hall, you are better off at Hofbrauhaus or Augustinerkeller
highly recommended for tourists and recommended for habitants of munich to continue going
Nicole B. Nov 29, 2012
The Chinese Tower is one of my favorite beer gardens. It's part of the English Gardens but so much fun to be at. It's one of the top tourist attractions / beer gardens because not only do you experience German beer but you also see the famous Chinese Tower. The Chinese Tower is super expensive to eat at but if you're looking for the full experience then you should definitely try it! I mean why not, I have never myself eaten there but It's 100% on my list. A lot of people come here to meet each other and usually when the World Cup and EuroCup are going on, they set up a huge TV so everyone can watch, It's so so fun. Definitely stop here and grab a bite to eat and then walk around the English Gardens to explore more, it's so worth it!
Suck up the tourist price and DO IT
Amster M. Nov 18, 2012
Awh man, this is of course a MUST for anyone coming to Munich. Tourist price, but not horrible. The English Gardens are one thing, but this is the heart of it all. It's kind of odd to see a Chinese tower here, but it doesn't seem to phase you or anyone else. I've been here at least ten times in my life, it's a tradition I guess, and it's beautiful. Plus if you don't want to be indoors it's a perfect beer drinking experience outside luscious Bavarian greenery. And for those not into the beer, go for the half lemonade half beer (and half a liter size) to feel part of the crowd.
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