Part of the fun of living in a new country is to see the changes throughout the year. When we arrived in February and for as long as we had known, the Chinese Tower was one of the biggest, most popular beer gardens, since it is located in the middle of the English Garden (main park similar to SF's Golden Gate Park) and had a band that played often. In winter, they were only open on weekends; during the summer, every wonderful day! Above is a photo from over the summer of me with the band. Spending a warm afternoon with friends and family at the Chinese Tower beer garden was definitely one of our favorite pastimes.
But, since Germany embraces Christmas in a way that words can't describe, they even removed all the benches, tables, and other signs of the beer garden from around the Chinese Tower, and instead, installed a smallish Christmas market, complete with carousel, kids rides, food stands, and booths selling ornaments and other goods. If you wondered what would get Germans to part with their beer gardens, at least temporarily, it seems Christmas succeeds in doing just that!