The Chinese Tower (Chinesischer Turm) was constructed in 1789 as an viewing platform and a place for bands to play to the crowd sitting in the beer garden below. During World War 2, the 25 meter high structure was burnt to the ground by a fire started from the bombing campaign of Munich. It was however reconstructed in 1951 using the original plans and as such stands just as it did over 200 years ago, in one of the biggest Beer Gardens in Munich.
The tower is located in the English Garden (Englischer Garten) - the biggest city park in Europe. This is one of the most popular Beer Gardens in Munich, and on sunny days in summer can be overflowing with guests. It has seats for up to 7000 people making it the second biggest beer garden in Munich (after the Hirschgarten), and together with the traditional brass band that plays to the crowds, it creates a type of Oktoberfest atmosphere all year around. The Chinese Tower is often visited by students from the LMU - Munich's most prestigious University - which is only 5 minutes walk away.
Although it seems that beer is served from a wooden barrel, it is actually an illusion. Beer is really pumped directly from modern kegs behind the barrels, directly into the 1 litre beer "Mass" served here.
Like most genuine Bavarian Beer Gardens it is possible to bring along your own food to eat while Drinking in the beer garden. It is of course possible also to buy traditional Bavarian meals from the restaurant on the premises.
The beer served here in Hofbräu, and as of 2007, the price for a 1 litre "Mass" of Helles (Lager) was €6.30, with 1 litre Weissbier costing 50c more at €6.80.
During advent, a small Christmas market is held here.
The best time to visit the Chinesischer Turm is in summer during good weather. It is walking distance from Gieselastrasse U-Bahn on the U3 or U6 lines.
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