The “Ratskeller“ in Munich – A Restaurant that Celebrates its Tradition and Splendid Interior


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.

„Ristorante Capriccio“ – Italian serenity in the midst of the urban jungle of Berlin

Located at the heart of the Berlin district Grunewald  the little “Ristorante Capriccio” spreads Italian charme in the midst of the metropolis. The Italian restaurant was not only popular with the former German chancellor Helmut Kohl. Current chancellor Angela Merkel as well as her predecessor Gerhard Schröder were popular guests too.

Owner David Kajat made a truly brilliant restaurant out of the former waiting hall. Interior, exterieur as well as food and drinks are especially focused on Italian ambiance. Every day new customers are amazed by the wide range of the menu. Most of them return on a regular basis.

The outdoor area is surrounded by large oak trees and creates a cozy ambiance in the midst of the urban jungle of Berlin. On warm summer days people make themselves comfortable on one of the few tables surrounded by beautiful oleander. The outdoor area is equipped with parasol Amalfi QUADRO in a gentle red colour. The parasol fits perfectly into the Mediterranean atmosphere. Four canopies are combined with the QUADRO mast so that the shaded area is particularly large.

One thing´s clear – the „Ristorante Capriccio“ does not only amaze people with a wide range of great food and drinks but also invites their customers to make themselves comfortable on the beautiful terrace and to enjoy the summer under the impressive parasol.

Impressive and versatile: Parasol Supremo


Its elegant design, the easy handling and the strong construction turn parasol Supremo into an impressive all-rounder for professionals as well as for private customers.
Hospitality, kindergartens, retirement homes and private customers equally rely on the professional parasol with its innovative Easy-Lift-Balance system!

Easy opening due to the balanced sliding mechanism

Supremo´s advanced mechanism is based on the balanced construction of the sunshade´s frame and make the parasol open half-way by itself when unlocked. With little effort the stainless steel handle is raised and Supremo automatically locked into place. This way even parasols with diameters of up to Ø 6 m are handled quickly and easily.

Robust and stable

The Supremo parasol is especially robust. This is because its struts are double supported and because the sunahde is equipped with double-hubs made of massive aluminium. Additional interior reinforcements are used to add even more stability to large parasols.

Parasol Supremo closes easily above tables and seatings

Tables, chairs and decoration can stay where they are when you close the Supremo. That is because of the integrated telescopic system which elongates the mast when you close the sunshade.



No matter where – enjoy the advantages of parasol Supremo and make it your loyal companion for this summer.

Big Ben Freestyle – New Hospitality Parasol custom-made in any form and size

Big Ben Freestyle 1000x750In 2017 CARAVITA is introducing a custom-made, professional parasol called Big Ben Freestyle. Size and form of the new shade can be defined by the client. Big Ben Freestyle allows for shading of outdoor dining areas up into every last corner. Even terraces with protruding walls and other obstacles can now be covered.

“The client sends his draft, we check the technical feasibility, and finally the parasol is produced exactly as specified. For example with a recess or an offset mast.”, CEO Michael Caravita says. “With Big Ben Freestyle we provide our clients with a professional shade and weather protection system up to 36m2.“

As with the standard sizes of the Big Ben series, Big Ben Freestyle benefits from an extremely robust construction. In the wind tunnel, the 3 x 3 m version of the professional parasol braves even storm winds of up to 100 km/h (63 mph).

As an option LED-lights can be integrated directly into the frame in order to serve clients until late in the evening. With the optionally integrated heating system it’s even possible to welcome guests until late into the cold season. Cables and wires are well protected and hidden from sight inside of the aluminum frame.

There’s also a wide range of colours to choose from. More than 200 RAL finishes for the frame, and premium acrylic awning fabrics in more than 100 colours are available. Additional options like rain gutters, side panels and individual prints make Big Ben Freestyle a highly individual shading solution for professionals.

The nessessities in sails.. sun sails that is….

Sunsails allow  endless options for uniquely designed outdoor spaces.  Designers, architects or creative garden designers create sculptural masterpieces with each sail.

The difference in a standard shade canopies and perfecting the installation of a sun sail, is proper instruction and experience. It is absolutely essential to provide the proper declination point when installing a shade sail, no matter the size.  This allows for proper water drainage. Attachment points to walled structures or posts are critical in insuring proper water drainage and wind resistance. A  good installation requires know how and an experience.

Skilled installers are able to quickly access each project and engineer the proper declination of the shades. Additionally, installers will have to take into consideration the substructure of the walled surface to provide a stable support.  A skilled installer  is not only able to solve those problems but also is aware of the correct attachment options to different surfaces, even brick facades.

The result, the perfect sun sail installation that will last for many years.  Pictures are providede by ROLLADEN NÜSING in Münster.

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