The neatly painted tower of the historical Löwenbäukeller can already be perceived from far away and it shapes decisively the appearance of Stiglmaier Place in downtown Munich. Inside the visitor finds what is best characterized as the typically traditional and authentic Munich public house. Its excellent Bavarian cuisine, the freshly tapped Löwenbräu beer, brewed in the world-famous brewery a stone throw across the street, and the typically cosy and welcoming Bavarian atmosphere have made the Löwenbräukeller so popular with locals and tourists alike ever since. In this place, tradition is cultivated, not marketed!
Even at the festive opening on 14th July 1883, there was a lot going on at the Löwenbräukeller. According to commemorative records of that time, 'exceptionally large crowds from the general public' packed into the building and four regimental bands played. Like in former times, the tied house is a favoured and frequently booked location for all sorts of events throughout the year. The Löwenbäukeller has become famous for being a stronghold of the Munich Carnival and for its strong beer festival including the traditional stone lifting competition in which strong men try to lift a stone weighing 508 pounds. Venue for the big festivals and balls is the magnificent banqueting hall, one of the largest in the city, with seating accommodation for up to 2000 guests. Those who prefer a smaller setting for their event can choose from one of the smaller halls and guestrooms.
During the summer months the famous beer garden represents an additional attraction. In the protective shade of its chestnut trees, obazda (traditional cream cheese speciality), pretzels and freshly tapped beer taste even better. The cosy spot outside offers room for 1.000 guests, optionally at tables with service or in the rear part of the beer garden, where you are allowed to bring your own snacks with you according to old Munich custom. As a special delicacy, sometimes a whole bullock gets roasted on a split, which otherwise only exists at the Oktoberfest. A special attraction for this summer: on the occasion of the European Football Championships all matches will be shown live in the beer garden on a huge screen.
Recently the Löwenbräu brewery's flagship is undergoing considerable renovation, where neither trouble nor expense are being spared. Nonetheless restaurant and beer garden are kept open to guests. For a quarter of a century the Löwenbräukeller stayed unchanged, but now its new leaseholders, the Schottenhamel family, intend to breathe new life into the premises. The concept of being a traditional public house will not change, but it will be cautiously led into a more modern age, bringing along the necessary technical transformations and improvements. Some changes will be recognized by the guests more easily: the restaurant will be brighter and friendlier, and the renovated terraces of the venerable building will offer 400 additional seats, just like in the old times.
In Munich, people have confidence in the Schottenhamel family to act in regard to old traditions, as they have been running one of the tents at the Munich Oktoberfest since 1867. Christian Schottenhamel, the new leaseholder, has already been successful with own events in the Löwenbräukeller in the past and has shown a feeling for the spirit of the times. The renovations will be completely finished until late autumn 2008.
The location of the tied house could not be any better. Situated in the heart of Munich, the Löwenbräukeller is only 5 walking minutes away from the Königsplatz and 8 minutes from the central station. It is easily accessible by car and bus – the average transfer time from city hotels is 10 to 15 minutes. It is especially convenient to take the public transport, as suburban trains and tramway both stop right in front of the Löwenbräukeller. Therefore you won't have to worry about legal blood alcohol limits or places to park.
Löwenbräukeller Gastronomie GmbH
Nymphenburger Strasse 2
Phone: +49 (0)89 547 2669 0
Fax: + 49 (0)89 547 2669 16
Open: daily 10.00 a.m. – 24.00 p.m.
Public Transport: Suburban Trains U1/U7, Tramway 20/21, stop Stiglmaierplatz
Taxi: directly at Stiglmaierplatz