One of Munich’s most popular winter activities is Eisstockscheißen, and If you have yet to try, we recommend you go try out these top 6 locations asap!
Whether you want to try it out as a date idea, grab a group of your friends or colleagues or even just head over and join in, we’ve got a great list below to meet all of those plans! However, if you happen to be a complete newbie to this Bavarian winter sport, let us begin by telling you what exactly Eisstockscheißen is.
What is Eisstockschießen?
Eisstockschießen or Ice stock sport, is a great winter sport similar to curling. Although the sport is traditionally played on an ice surface, there are also summer events held on tarmac. Players slide ice stocks over an ice surface, aiming for a target, or to cover the longest distance.
Birdie is a cosy location that offers a nice winter atmosphere complete with a hut, tasty drinks, a fireplace, and a fairy light lit ice-stock rink. The place is typically open to serve lunch (We’d recommend eating there in general!), and it’s also a pretty great event location in general to have in mind throughout all seasons, not just winter!
Depending on your needs, they provide booking options ranging from one person to a crew. As the name mentions, Birdie has a nice deli vibe that’s perfect for a cozy feeling inside and out.
One thing we like about them is the appointment booking options, they have an online calendar where you can select the day you want to visit and easily book it!
Where: Infanteriestraße 11a, 80797 Munich
Opening times: The event location is open from 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m. on regular days.
Fitzroy is conveniently close to Ostbanhof in Werksviertal (also a great location for Christmas Markets!). Australian food is the speciality of this popular eatery, along with its signature rooftop view, they also have some of the city’s best bitters you’ll definitely need to try!
They have a great ice rink on their rooftop terrace, which you can also book online through their handy calendar page! You can play with teams of 4 or 5 against each other (a maximum of 10 people at once at the rink). And if you happen to be in the mood for a couple drinks while you play, you can easily order something through their friendly staff or check out the Glühweinstand right there on the roof!
Fantastic service is one of the main reasons why this establishment is so popular. Whether you’re there for a game or just a great winter view, we are always big fans of the overall environment.
Where: Atelierstr. 22, 81671 Munich
Opening times: Fitzroy opens at 12 pm and closes at 1 am, but the location closes at 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Park Cafe Winter Biergarten
The Park Café, has been part of Munich since the 1930s. Located in the heart of Munich’s cultural hub Maxvorstadt, close to the city’s museum district. This stunning structure is a perfect blend of the old and the new, and always equip for each season- we are big fans of the summer biergarten to winter biergarten transformation!
Right the center of Munich, you can experience the feeling of a winter getaway at Park Cafe. They have a large and wonderful winter biergarten complete with Alm huts, Eisstock rinks and of course, tons of amazing food! This location in particular is great for large groups.
Where: Sophienstr. 7, 80333. Munich
Opening times: opens at 11 am and closes at 11:59 pm.
Winterfest at Nockherberg
This Winter wonderland turned winter biergarten is located in the front of Paulaner Nockherberg on it’s namesake hill in Munich’s Au district.
The Winterfest at Nockherberg runs from the 23rd of November until the 31st of January 2023, so plenty of time to grab your gang of friends together and go try your hand at some Bavarian curling! (or of course, some tasty Bavarian winter treats…we vote for both!).
The location itself is a wonderful treat for all you winter aesthetic lovers, with a collection of small cozy huts outside to join in and outside stands full of steamy mulled wine with a covering of fairy lights above.
And there is even a taxi stand, a subway/train station, and a metro bus stop within a minute’s walk of Nockherberg making it an exceptionally great spot to get to and from.
Where: Nockherstr. 38. 81541 Munich
Opening times: Opens week days at 4p.m and weekends starting at 2 p.m
The Bamberger Haus
The Bamberger Haus, is a lesser known location tucked away in Munich’s Schwabing district. It is host to many great events, especially it’s winter-themed events.
Their beer garden is decked like a winter wonderland from November to February. They have indoor curling rinks where you can play while sipping mulled wine and snacking on Bavarian treats.
Where: 2 Luitpoldpark, 80804. Munich
Opening times: opens Mondays to Saturdays at 3 pm, closes at 12 am, and 12 pm to 12 am during Sundays and holidays.
The Nymphenburg Kanal sits at the city’s westernmost area, right next to the stunning Nymphenburg Palace. In the winter months (if it’s cold enough) freezes over and becomes a local hotspot for Eisstockschießen.
Curling matches are frequently played on the frozen Nymphenburg Canal in the winter when the weather permits, however you’ll just need to make sure you plan on bringing all your own equipment! but if that is too much hassle, you can always enjoy a nice winter stroll along the palace grounds and around to the canal to watch the players.
Where: Südliche Auffahrtsallee 27 · 80639 Munich
Opening times: This location opens at 9 am and closes at 10 pm daily