Hofbräuhaus, Munich

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    Hofbräuhaus: Always Time For Beer at Hofbrauhaus

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Nov 18, 2011

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    When we first arrived at the The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, we were overtaken by its size. Not only is the first floor immense but on a third floor there are separate large rooms and a stage for large parties. Even mid afternoon in April the place was packed and there was a band playing. Folks were either having late lunches or early dinners. Beer was everywhere and the mood was jovial.

    According to what we learned the Hofbrauhaus was founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria, Wilhelm V. It was originally founded as the brewery to the old Royal Residence, which at that time was situated just around the corner from where the beer hall stands today. The Hofbrahaus was also used extensively by Adolf Hitler during World War for party events.

    Today it stands as perhaps the largest indoor beer garden in the world. A fun place and something to be seen.

    Dress Code: The place is casual. Jeans and t shirts to men in sport coats and women in dresses.

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    Hofbräuhaus: Oom pa pa!

    by nigelw6443 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Munichs most famous.

    A great place to have a maas of beer, which is a litre glass to wash down your pretzel or weisswurst!

    You can sit in the one of many large halls and listen to the band playing typical "Bavarian Music" or on a nice day sit out in the sunny beer garden.

    Dress Code: Many typical Bavarian dishes too choose from Schweinshax'n , which is basically a roasted leg of pork, Original Muenchner HB-Weisswurste, which is a boiled white sausage and very tasty with the sweet mustard. But peel the sausage before eating!
    And for dessert try the Bayerische Dampfnudel which is a dumpling stuffed with a plum sauce served with a vanilla sauce! Lecker!!

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    Hofbräuhaus: Hofbräuhaus

    by vichatherly Written Apr 10, 2010

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    An institution of Munich and well worth a visit to even if beer is not your thing. I'm sure that most people can manage a stein or two of delicious German beer.

    We were told the the daily average number of litres drunk adds up to spectacular 30,000!

    It can be a noisy spot so don't expect a quiet table for two. There are many rooms to this place and the seating on the main halls on the ground floor consist of benches.

    A great sociable place which is probably why the young upcoming Adolf Hitler choose the third floor hall to hold his weekly rallies. They tend not to advertise this too much.

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  • Hofbräuhaus: A Great time in Munich

    by Quanster Updated Dec 10, 2009

    Hofbrau House is an old German establishment that is geared for tourist. The food and drink are great. I have eaten here numerous times and have never been disappointed. The amount of food was enough to feed a few people. Prices are not bad. The Weiss beer is the best that I have ever had. Great times. There is one problem and that is a lot of the local folks have special tables reserved for them.....DO NOT TRY to sit at them. You will get nasty tones...and if you don't speak German, the looks are bad enough!

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Hofbräuhaus: Must See in Munich

    by richyoon Written Apr 9, 2008

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    With my new friends from Australia!

    Even if you don't like beer or if you want a more authentic Beer Garden experience, I think you must come here at least once. Everyone talks about it, and its world famous. How can you go to Munich and not visit the Hofbrauhaus? I frequented this place quite often. It was close to my hotel, and the food and beer was fantastic. However, I did hear that prices may be higher than some other "local" bars. Hey, I'm sure it is... but that's great marketing for you...

    There were times I came in by myself, but you just sit down at an empty spot on any bench in the entire restaurant. Sharing tables is not only accepted, but expected. Of course, the shy tourists are the ones that might feel awkward initially, but I've actually been able to start up some good conversations with other travelers from all over the world.

    Its also a good meeting point (in front of restaurant) if you get separated from you friends.

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  • Hofbräuhaus: beer and beer again

    by Manyana Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    the essence of bavaria

    it's the greatest traditon in all europe; wanna drink a good beer? go to germany. this german house is the most popular pub for drinking. they have one of the biggest new year's eves ever, where all italians come to bavaria, and all germans go to italy! and perhaps for saudi women to linger in this pub as well,lol

    steffi, my german mutli-linguist friend, and i had a fabulous night that time. it was my first time ever in a german crazy drinking house. that was so much fun. the place capacity probably was 500 people. it looked even more, with a band roaming around the place, and huge wooden tables that accommodated 7 people. everyone sits next to everyone as if they know each other for years. it was just the delight of the new year's eve.

    the fun thing was that i had the privilege of being served by original bavarians, dressed in bavarians dresses, and serving the big beer glasses that weighed a ton:D goodness, i just loved it.

    when it was 10 seconds to midnight and the new year, people started to stand on the tables, yelling their lungs out, and then everyone fell into everyone else's hugs and kisses. that was massively messy and still loved it:D

    steffi made me try my first beer ever, not the bavarian beer, but 'beer'. it was non-alcholoic, and i was wondering why it tasted awful,lol

    this place is a must visit in munich, simply...so much fun.

    Dress Code: casual; just bring yourself and your company

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    Hofbräuhaus: Beer, beer, beer!

    by sarahandgareth Updated May 22, 2007

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    The Hofbräuhaus is one of the key stops on any visit to Munich: although it's very heavily-touristed, you really can't miss seeing what is probably the single most famous beer-drinking spot on the planet. The inn dates from the late sixteenth century, although it has been renovated several times, most recently after the Second World War (the renovations were not completed until the late 1950s). In among the tourists, there are actually plenty of locals, whether casual visitors or friends meeting at one of the many Stammtische, or regulars' tables - groups for everything from local companies to the police. Once you've found yourself a spot at one of the long tables, the key is to order up a Maas, a giant and very heavy litre of beer (you can get the original or a dark beer, both of them made at the Hofbräu brewery in the Munich suburbs). After one - or more - of those, you are unlikely to care whether or not you are surrounded by tourists doing the same thing!

    Dress Code: The Hofbräuhaus is very casual, and an excellent place to try out your brand-new lederhosen.

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    Hofbräuhaus: HB Party

    by heitzenrater Written Apr 24, 2007
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    So get ready for this. The HB house is a place where the music plays and you drink all day. The atmosphere is unique. You walk in the place and it is full of german decor. A traditional German style band plays faster paced sing along songs. This place is a seat your self style restaurant and tables and seats can be hard to come buy. Be ready to sit at a table that has another group of people at it. It's all part of the experience.

    Favorite Dish: Beer And Wurst.

    Theme: Local

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    Dress Code: Bonus if you show up with a wakey outfit

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    Hofbräuhaus

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 9, 2006

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    This renowned beer hall has been in existence since 1644. It has quite a reputation for its food and beer as well as the lively music and drunken partying. There is a wall of personalised beer steins which are kept locked away for their owners return. Since this is probably Germany’s most famous beer hall, it also means that its very loud and touristy.

    Note: Tables labeled with 'Stammtisch' are reserved for regulars (which is apparently is true for all Bavarian restaurants).

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    Hofbrauhaus: So much beer, so little time

    by upesnlwc Updated Feb 1, 2006

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    If you're in Munich and want a fun place to go, I must reccomend the Hoffbrauhaus. This is the largest Beer Hall in the world and was so much fun. It was a little touristy, but there were also a lot of natives enjoying the surroundings as well.

    A little history:
    Wilhelm V., Duke of Bavaria (1579 - 1597), had a thirsty and demanding royal household, which was dissatisfied with the beer brewed in Munich. As a result, beer had to be imported to Munich from the city of Einbeck in Lower Saxony. Wilhelm ordered his royal court to come up with a way to reconcile cost and pleasure. On September 27, 1589, the chamberlains and council members, C. Strabl, A. Amasmeyr, S. Prew and G. Griesmair, approached him with an idea: why not build their own brewery? Wilhelm welcomed the plan with open arms. As a matter of fact, that same day, he recruited the master brewer of the Geisenfeld Monastery, Heimeran Pongraz, to be the planner, developer and the first Hofbrauhaus master brewer, which went into operation at the Alter Hof ( Old Court ) in 1592. It was called the brown? Hofbrauhaus as only brown ale was brewed there.

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    Hofbräuhaus: Real Bavarian pub

    by draguza Updated Aug 17, 2005

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    This brewery is one of the most popular tourist attractions and it became very famous because "Young Hitler" used to gave his speeches there!!

    Traditional food, music and sometimes dance combined with a nise cosy atmosphere, waitresses in traditional costumes and a lot of beer make the Hofbrauhaus a must for every interested tourist.

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Hofbräuhaus: Beer, Schweinshaxe, Gemütlichkeit

    by Roeffie Written Jun 13, 2005
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    You can't visit Munich without ever visiting the most famous 'Wirtshaus' in the world as they say.

    This is real native Bavarian food, drinks and music. You don't have to like the music but you can still have a great time.

    Opening Hours
    9:00-24:00 daily

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    Hofbräuhaus: A quiet (or rather giant) beer

    by auschic1 Written May 20, 2005
    Beer & Pretzels

    So I imagine this is a bit of a standard and proberly a typical tourist trap but it is really good fun. I frequented the Hofbrauhaus almost every night I was in Munich and it lays claim to my first ever drunk beer (bourbon was too expensive).

    A band was always playing typical german music and I think the best idea is the sit on the end of a table that contains some locals as then you'll be granted a good night of banter.

    Dress Code: Any attire will do, I imagine really scabby clothes wont pass though.

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    Hofbräuhaus: A quiet (or rather giant) beer

    by auschic1 Written May 20, 2005

    So I imagine this is a bit of a standard and proberly a typical tourist trap but it is really good fun. I frequented the Hofbrauhaus almost every night I was in Munich and it lays claim to my first ever drunk beer (bourbon was too expensive).

    A band was always playing typical german music and I think the best idea is the sit on the end of a table that contains some locals as then you'll be granted a good night of banter.

    Dress Code: Any attire will do, I imagine really scabby clothes wont pass though.

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    Hofbräuhaus: Hofbräuhaus

    by CTnightowl Written Apr 10, 2005
    Prost!

    Built in 1589- the Hofbräuhaus is a must visit when in Munich. Sure its touristy but it is an awesome experience! It amazing to see tiny waitresses carry 8 litres at a time. Great Bavarian music plays and the place can get pretty rowdy. To complete the Bavarian experience- grab a litre of Maximator and get yourself a pretzel. The chicken is quite good too. Prost!

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