May Tree, Munich, Germany

SEPTEMBER 2004 – A traditional May Tree with blue and white stripes shines through the trees of the Leiberheim beer garden in Munich, Germany. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Here’s a traditional May Tree in white and blue, and with a metallic cock on its tip. Most traditional beer gardens in Bavaria have one, usually in the center of the village. In larger cities like Munich, it just indicates the location of the beer garden.

I like this image for its simplicity in showing a true Bavarian Icon in its natural surroundings. A good photo for those talking or writing about Bavarian beer gardens with a lot of copy space.

Fun fact: In true Bavarian beer gardens you can bring your own food – a so-called Brotzeit, which describes tasty snacks like cucumber, carots, bread, butter, cheese, ham, pretzels, and so on. You can’t bring your own drinks, though. These have to be purchased from the beer garden.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time11-SEP-2007, 17:29
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraSony DSC P-72
Exposure1/80 sec at f/10
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions1536 x 2048 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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