Beer by the keg
"Zum Flaucher", a typical Bavarian beer garden in the wetlands of the River Isar in the south of the city of Munich, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany
Some background information:
The Flaucher is a section of the River Isar in the south of the city of Munich between the urban districts Sendling and Thalkirchen (both in the west) and Giesing and Harlaching (both in the east). Particularly in summer time the spot is a very popular local recreation area of the city’s residents. People can either swim there, surf in the rapids of the Flaucher weir, go kayaking and boating, or just stroll about the Isar wetlands. Furthermore, the Munich zoological gardens Hellabrunn are located nearby on the Harlaching side of the river, which are also an additional, rather popular visitor attraction.
Until the beginning of the Isar regulation in 1839, the Flaucher was immaterial in the public mind of the city’s residents. It was just a part of the Isar wetlands that was used for agriculture and flooded quite frequently. But the Isar regulation and also the early industrialisation changed everything. From that point on the Flaucher was seen as a natural element, at that time on the outskirts of the city, and also as an area utilisable for the recreation of the urban population.
However, the area was named Flaucher not before the end of the 19th century, after the Munich publican Johann Flaucher had acquired a former forester’s lodge in the wetlands, built in 1800, and converted it into a beer garden. Today, the Bavarian beer garden "Zum Flaucher" has a capacity of 1,300 seats. In such a typically Bavarian beer garden people can either bring their food along or order one of the Bavarian beer garden specialties, which are offered there, like fish grilled on a stick, grilled sausages, curried sausage, roast chicken, radish with a giant pretzel, sausage salad or Obatzda, a typical Bavarian spread made from different types of cheese, onions, small radishes and several spices. Nevertheless, there’s one rule in such a beer garden, regardless of whether you bring your own food along or buy your food there: The beverages have to be bought there. It hardly needs mentioning that on hot days like the one, on which I took this photo, beer garden visitors usually choose a litre or half a litre of beer over a glass a water or cup of coffee for instance.
The Isar is a river that flows through Tyrol, Austria and Bavaria, Germany. Its source is in the Karwendel range of the Alps in Tyrol. It enters Germany near Mittenwald, and flows through Bad Toelz, Munich, and Landshut before reaching the Danube near the town of Deggendorf. At 295 km (183 miles) in length, it is the fourth largest river in Bavaria, after the Danube, the Inn, and the Main. Hence, the River Isar Germany's second most important tributary of the Danube after the Inn (of altogether seven German tributaries of the Danube).
Munich is the capital and the most populated city in the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is also the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, and the 12th largest city in the European Union, with a population of around 1.5 million. However, the Munich Metropolitan Region is home to six million people.
The city is a major centre of art, technology, finance, publishing, culture, innovation, education, business, and tourism in Germany and Europe and enjoys a very high standard and quality of living, reaching first in Germany and third worldwide according to the 2018 Mercer survey, and being rated the world's most liveable city by the Monocle's Quality of Life Survey 2018.
Munich was first mentioned in a document in 1158. Catholic Munich was a cultural stronghold of the Counter-Reformation and a political point of divergence during the resulting Thirty Years' War, but remained physically untouched despite an occupation by the Protestant Swedes. Once Bavaria was established as a sovereign kingdom in 1806, it became a major European centre of arts, architecture, culture and science. In 1918, during the German Revolution, the ruling house of Wittelsbach, which governed Bavaria since 1180, was forced to abdicate in Munich and a short-lived socialist republic was declared.
In the 1920s, Munich became home to several political factions, among them the NSDAP. The first attempt of the Nazi movement to take over the German government in 1923 with the Beer Hall Putsch was stopped by the Bavarian police in Munich with gunfire. After the Nazis' rise to power, Munich was declared their "Capital of the Movement". During World War II, Munich was heavily bombed and more than 50% of the entire city and up to 90% of the historic centre were destroyed.
After the end of postwar American occupation in 1949, there was a great increase in population and economic power during the years of the Wirtschaftswunder (in English: "economic miracle"). Unlike many other German cities which were heavily bombed and destroyed, Munich restored most of its traditional cityscape and hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics. The 1980s brought strong economic growth, high-tech industries and scientific institutions, and population growth. The city is home to major corporations like BMW, Siemens, MAN, Linde, Allianz and MunichRE.
Munich is also home to many universities, museums and theatres. Its numerous architectural attractions, sports events, exhibitions and its annual Oktoberfest attract considerable tourism. The town is one of the most prosperous and fastest growing cities in Germany. It is a top-ranked destination for migration and expatriate location, despite being the municipality with the highest population density in Germany (4,500 people per km²). Thus, Munich has also become a rather multicultural city, hosting more than 530,000 people of foreign background, making up 37.7% of its population.