1. Würzburger Hofbräukeller, Höchberger Straße 28
Where better to drink the stuff than at the brewery tap? It’s a little walk out of the centre (about 10-15 minutes from the old bridge), but well worth it for the enormous garden. This place inspired our latest trip — we thought about where we would most like to be in the world and planned the excursion around it.
2. Würzburger Hofbräu, Talaveraschlosschen
Another huge, leafy beer garden, next to a funny little building off the Mainausstrasse, in between the Friedensbrücke and the Brücke der Deutschen Einheit.
3. Biergarten an der Residenz (Würzburger Hofbräu)
This is basically a little scrap of wasteland next to the world-famous Residenz, but it shows how all you need is a couple of trees and a wooden shed to set up a beer garden. Not at all posh but nonetheless lovely.
These are both situated in the woods behind the Festung Marienburg, and have fabulous views across town. Schutzenhof offers cheap and trashy schnitzels for all the family, whereas Nikolashof fancies itself a bit more, with a Japanese garden and rhubarb brulee on the menu.
The ticker may be particularly interested in Schutzenhof as it offers products from Wernecker, including Laurentius, an unfiltered Märzen beer brewed specially for the garden. We didn’t care for it that much, but it’s nice to know it’s there.
To get to both places on foot, do not follow the signs, which are for road traffic and take you the long way round. Instead, head for the Käppele from Nikolausstrasse, go up the steps behind it and you’ll find yourself on a little path that takes you first past the Nikolashof and then to the Schutzenhof (they’re about a five minute walk apart).