THE TOWER: The Chinesischer Turm is Munich's best-known Biergarten.
Wanna get worldly? Here you can drink German beer next to a Chinese tower in a so-called English garden.
This is Munich's loudest and proudest beer garden and rightly deserves to be on any traveller's itinerary.
It's smack dab in the middle of the city's famous park.
The proximity to LMU university makes it a popular spot for the student crowd but really, this is one beer garden that sucks in all and sundry.
Benches are spread around an impressive five-story faux Chinese pavilion that's said to be a copy of one in London's Royal Gardens.
I think it looks like an immense wedding cake, but then again when I'm there I am usually half tanked. A bunch of aging lads in Lederhosen take over the first floor on weekends and belt out oompah tunes.
VENERATED: The popular restaurant near the Chinese Tower.
The Chinesischer Turm is Munich's second biggest after the Hirschgarten with about 7000 places, the lion's share on traditional wooden banks.
The beer garden has lots of shade and a few shady characters - great place for people watching!
A playground and very old-school carousel are there for the little ones.
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