Its central location at the Munich Marienplatz is the first but certainly not the last reason why countless tourists visit the Ratskeller every day. Ratskeller translates to “cellar of the city hall” and indeed that is where the restaurant is situated. As Munich had started to grow rapidly in the 19th century, a new city hall was needed. The building plans from 1867 specified that the cellar should be a vast public house. The idea was quickly put into action and the building opened its gates in 1874.
Back then the public house already consisted of a maze of six connected vaults. Ceilings and walls were decorated with paintings and sculptures that tell the history of Munich and the almost sacred tradition of beer drinking – needless to say that both are intricately connected. As a result, many of the artworks are rather humorous and elevate the simple beverage to an object of cultural heritage.
However, not only the curious decor of the Ratskeller may leave one wondering, but also the prices of drinks and meals when the traditional public house first opened. According to the official website, a litre of beer was 26 pennies. A quick conversion shows that prices have risen by almost 8000 % when considering that a “Maß” cost 10 Euros at the 2017 Oktoberfest! This increase is proof that beer must be one of the most popular drinks in this corner of the world and its fans think it is worth every cent.
Since its opening, the Ratskeller has been expanded and renovated several times. Next to the six original vaults, it now spans an even greater network of rooms and halls and has turned into a true underground labyrinth. Both Munich residents and foreign visitors look around in awe when being led to their table trough long corridors, past half hidden alcoves and great halls. One of these rooms, the “Sumpf”, has the flair of the Far East with its intricately painted arches. In contrast, the “Bacchuskeller” offers a typical Bavarian atmosphere that will leave you hungry for the region’s rustic cuisine.
On a culinary level, the Ratskeller will fulfill almost any desire. Besides traditional German delicacies the menu offers a range of dishes that take inspiration from cuisines around the world. Guests who do not want to spend a sunny day below ground can sit in the impressive courtyard of the restaurant, called the “Prunkhof”. Surrounded by the towering gothic walls and windows of the Ratskeller, one can escape the tourist hubbub for an afternoon here. The main feature of the courtyard is a spiral staircase and its decoration. Figures of stone tell of the different stages of life. Sitting under gloriously bright CARAVITA Primavera sunshades one can join in on one of Munich’s most popular pastimes: watching people go past and in turn being watched enjoying a coffee or piece of cake.
The Caravita parasols in the “Prunkhof” of the Ratskeller are Primavera Premium round Ø 2 m, frame RAL 9016 white, canopy Acrylic U707, trim strip bordeaux E404, floating valance, bendable.
Mariani Gardens allows its visitors to be emerged into indoor and outdoor landscapes of intricate designs. Owner Michael Mariani uses his creative abilities to work with customers to create a unique landscape in a vast open area of land or small, intimate space. He has traveled worldwide to bring exotic trees, shrubs, annuals, and perrenials to the gardens. As you travel throughout the gardens you will be exposed to “one-of-a-kind landscape” with a blend foliage and stone, designed by Chesney’s of London. The gardens will also take you through an indoor setting with Japanese influence such as bonsai trees, palms, and other exotic foliage. Mariani Gardens also has a florist that will design arrangements of “exotic blooms”for your home, business, bar mitzvah,or wedding.
Caravita‘s five sunshades are scattered about the showrooms and gardens creating seating areas and vignettes for your inspiration. These photos display our umbrellas’ various colorsand customization options that can be tailored to to their customers preference, contemporary or classic. Our special wind roofs shown in our fig and light green Rivera umbrellas allow extra ventilation from the top of the umbrellas. See our more traditional design in our Samara with valances, beautiful on an outdoor patio, or see how our cantilevered Amalfi can be displayed in the indoor glassed patio. A simple center masted Big Ben looks sharp in the garden setting above.
Natural white Samara with valances
Like us, Mariani works with his clients to customize an ideal landscape with stone expressions, ceramics, and flowers to their preference. Enjoy a day outside visiting Mariani Gardens and gain new design insight for your indoor and outdoor furnishings or landscapes.
When creating our classy sun shades, sun sails, and pavillions. Caravita will customize our acrylic fabrics based on the customers’ preferences. Let us introduce you to three of our favorite companies when it comes to deciding the fabrics for our products.
First, we have Dickson Constant, a leading European awning fabric company, which creates “innovative textiles for your world.” Dickson has made several lines of 100% solution- dyed acrylic fabrics available in various patterns and colorsand made to maintain unbeatable colorfastness. The fabrics hold true to their quality with UV protectant and a Cleanguard water and stain resistant treatment allowing them to live up to their 5 year warranty.
Next, let us tell you about an Italian company we work with called Para. Para’s Tempotest fabrics are also 100% solution-dyed acrylics with a 93-98% filtering effect protecting against UV rays. Awnings and outdoor patio umbrellass made with this fabric reduce heat up to 20% for light colors, 20-30% for pastels, and over 30% for dark colors. The fabrics have been tested for harmful substances under the International Oeko-Tex Association Confidence in Textiles, haveTUV Italycertification, are treated with aHI-Cleanfinishing for mould and water protection, and have a Dupont Teflon Extremecoating for solar protection. All of these components guarantee an 8 year warranty for the fabrics.
Finally, we have our Sattler fabric. Sattler also makes solution-dyed acrylic fabrics, but one of its best qualities is its optional flame retardant coating called Firemaster Plus. This is ideal due to the strict fire codes that have developed in the recent years, particularly in California. It also offers the best protectionagainst rain and a 5 year warranty.