Hofbräuhaus, Munich

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Platzl 9, 80331 Muenchen

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    Hofbräuhaus: Very touristy, yet completely worth it

    by Castaner Written Jun 20, 2006

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    Polka band at Hofbr��uhaus

    Being someone who is generally shy of extremely touristy places, I was a bit skeptical about coming here at first. I walked in with a friend I had made at my hostel. We came for the beer that night, downing a liter (each) of the dark brew and a light brew of home-brewed German beer, which was excellent. I came back another time by myself, however, to eat a plate of assorted sausages with sauerkraut. That, with another liter of beer, was simply out of this world. The atmosphere was very, very crowded. There were a lot of tourists, but it seemed to me that there were many locals in there as well (correct me if I'm wrong). There was a polka band, people screaming all over place and just all around enjoying the evening. A very pleasant place from my point of view.

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    Hofbräuhaus: Serving Bavarian Beer since 1896

    by francischris Updated May 10, 2006

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    It acutally started in 1589 by Duke Wilhem V as a private court brewery.The famous bavarian Beer is still brewed according to the law of purity from 1516.
    I do not like crowded places but with 4 million visitors coming annually,i decided to give it a try,they all can't be wrong...also it's history is daunting?Well, the experience was great and i don't mind coming back again.Due to the number of visitors, it is advisable to come just before the dinner crowd, as finding a place to sit is a feat.
    There are sittings in the open courtyard if you don't mind the cold...brrrrrrrggh 10C in April !!!

    Favorite Dish: The pork knuckes with sour cabbage and the half chicken were delicious.Somehow, with the jostling crowd and music , beer tasted more fragrant and creamy. I was told that during a certain period after Lent,a certain type of Beer is available.I tried it ,though i can't recall the german name and it was good.Beware ,as this beer has a higher alcohol content.
    I am also impressed by the fast service despite of the overwhelming customers,also there was no mix-up...speaks well of German efficiency!!!

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    Hofbräuhaus: great atmosphere!!!

    by paoseo Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    It’s Munich’s greatest tourist attraction.
    Every day 10.000 litres of beer are consumed here.
    Here I had for dinner what is usually eaten for breakfast, the white sausages of Munich served simply in a plate with boiled water, and with sweet mustard and bread! I have been told that I shouldn't cui it but suck it form its skin. I preferred eating it in my own way, cutting it, BTW everyone has its own tastes!!!!
    I went there with Hannah, aka VT Tabatha that took me and my friend there for dinner..good choice!

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    Hofbrauhaus, you cant go to...

    by larsy Updated Sep 14, 2005

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    Hofbrauhaus, you cant go to Munich and not go here besides it has great potato soup and beer served in glasses bigger than your head its full of history it's where Hitler gave his first speech after he got out of prison, be sure to look at the ceiling and notice that the Bavarian flags are in a awkward position (an attempt to paint over giant swastikas)

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    Hofbräuhaus: Hofbrauhaus

    by lashr1999 Written Jul 31, 2005

    The hofbrauhaus is a famous tavern which is in the center of Munich. It started as a royal brewery in 1605. Today, when we enter we see a large room with many sturdy picnic tables, where women in Bavarian dress carry large beer steins and trays. Here, is one place you can find Bavarian joviality or 'gemuchtlikheid'. There are tourists in this place however there are also hundreds of traditional Germans decked out in lederhosen and feathered caps. On stage you can hear traditional Bavarian 'oom-pah' bands, as well as different table around singing drinking songs. On the menu, you will find both light and dark beer as well a hot traditional wine that tastes like cinnamon tea. You may also eat traditional German foods such as sausages, sauerkraut and potato soup. What is fun is sitting at a table with people you've never met and talking to them.

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    Hofbräuhaus: Sure it's touristy...

    by clunker Written Jul 13, 2005

    Sure it's touristy...but also loads of fun. We've sat at tables with fellow travelers from across the globe, and made fast friends. A must see when in Munich, even if it's only for one beer.

    Favorite Dish: The roast chicken was delicious, as was the beer.

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    Hofbräuhaus: EXCELLENT PLACE!

    by Hosell Written Apr 4, 2005

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    I placed this photo on Things to Do talking about the Oktoberfest.
    The Hofbräuhaus is one of most popular and best restaurants in Munich.
    It has two floors the ground floor is a Beerhall for locals and the first floor is a huge restaurants normally for visitors groups.
    There is also some live local music.

    Favorite Dish: there are a huge variety in the self service buffet:
    German Sausages
    And lot of nice desserts AND DON'T MISS A DELICIOUS GERMAN BEER!!!!!

    A GREAT NIGHT OUT!!!!!!!

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    Hofbräuhaus: To many tourists!

    by catpause Written Mar 27, 2005

    This is a great place to visit for a very short period of time. We tend to like places that are visited by locals and I'm pretty sure this is not one of them. By all means stop and have a beer but then move on. Find a real beer garden and enjoy the German food, people, language, and customs. You'll be glad you did.

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    Hofbräuhaus: Party Central

    by Etoile2B Updated Mar 2, 2005
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    Okay, okay. I know it's touristry - but you can't go to Munich and skip the world-famous Hofbräuhaus. Not only is it a great place to grab some food and more than a couple of beers (I don't think they let you leave sober!) it a great place to meet people from all over. If you can't find a table then just join some strangers and strike up a conversation. The house Oom-Pah band is fun and you might even be asked to dance by the resident drunk. It's a lot of fun and not to be missed!

    Favorite Dish: The beer.

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    Hofbräuhaus: An Institution

    by 15ilikestuff Updated Jan 6, 2005

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    Oompah Band

    Although there are probably better beer gardens in Munich, none are more famous than the Hofbräuhaus, a touristy beer garden with medeocre food. I'm not saying the food is terrible, but compared to other German restaurants you will be disappointed. But this is okay! People don't come here for the food (the best things are the pretzels). They come here for the gigant beer steins, oompah band, and waiters wearing lederhosen. So, if you're not looking for great food, this very touristy institution can be fun. You'll sit with other parties in long tables chatting and singing along to old German favorites. In fact, there is even room to dance. The HB is located in the heart of the old town, and has some historical significance. It's where Hitler rallied the common people to join him in his quest for world domination. Today, the dark cloud is lifted and you'll see tourists from all ethnicities and countries (except Germans) gather here. You'll leave Hofbräuhaus with a full stomach, HB beer mug, and probably a headache. (Note: Make sure you book a reservation because this place gets packed!)

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    Hofbräuhaus: The most popular place in town

    by acemj Updated Nov 27, 2004

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    The Hofbräuhaus dates back to the late 16th century and is literally one of the most visited tourist sites in Munich. Many people warned me that it's somewhat of a tourist trap and that no true beer or food lover would pay the higher prices and visit this place. However, Richie and I had a good and hearty meal here and enjoyed the beer. Sure, you can find cheaper beer elsewhere, but as long as you're in Munich, you might as well stop in to this famous and historic place.

    I've heard from others that the service can be spotty and based on the sheer size of the place and the number of tourists that come here, it wouldn't surprise me if that's true.

    Favorite Dish: The roasted baby pig is good and we had a couple Hellis beers to wash it all down.

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    Hofbräuhaus: Touristy but good

    by Sjalen Written Nov 11, 2004

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    More than a pint!

    Everyone knows the song about the Münchener Hofbrauhaus and the place is awash with tourists. But don't let that stop you from experiencing what is still a great place with atmosphere, even if service can be a bit blasé sometimes with all the tourists. The restaurant upstairs welcomes children and has a decent menu if you avoid the simpler dishes which are plain.

    Favorite Dish: Bread dumplings in mushroom sauce...or maybe the fish.

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    Hofbräuhaus: a must do, at least to watch....

    by chancay Written Oct 8, 2004

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    the main entrance

    Well, this is probably the most famous institution in Munich. Everyone worldwide who knows something about Munich has heard about the Hofbräuhaus, I guess....so it is a tip you´ll also find at "must do activities", because it is worth just to have a look here and see the people from all over the world drinking their "Mass Bier" (1 litre glass of beer).

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    Hofbräuhaus: Must try -- the bristling hot roast pork knuckles!

    by volarevolare Written Oct 2, 2004

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    Enough to make me go back for more!

    It's a really interesting restaurant with high ceilings and a real sense of space.

    You can choose to sit indoors or outdoors, and on a hot summer day, most of the seats outside are taken! The nice thing about sitting outside is that you get to enjoy the crisp summer air, the shade of the trees and sunshine keeping you nice and warm...

    The tables in the restaurant are huge benches made of really solid wood. And I had a wonderful lunch of roasted pork knuckles!

    It's done to perfection -- crispy on the outside and tender and succulent on the inside... YUM! Of course, no visit to the famous Hofbrauhaus is complete without a big mug of cool, refreshing beer! :)

    Sure to make anyone happy!

    Favorite Dish: The pork knuckles and sauerkraut.


    Need I say more? :)

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    Hofbräuhaus: Oans - Zwoa, Gsuffa

    by globetrott Updated Sep 2, 2004

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    Hofbr��uhaus - Schwemme

    This is what you will see, when you will not walk up 1 stair in Hofbräuhaus, but simply walk in:
    "Schwemme" is the official name for this place, where people get their beer and a more simple kind of food, than on the floors above.

    In my opinion this place looks wonderful, when you are able to see these arcades shortly before they close, and when you are lucky and the porter will still let you in for a picture.

    Favorite Dish: During the day they have some music there, loud and drunken people, it has a certain smell and dust...

    I rather prefer the restaurant upstairs ! BUT of course you should also take a look at these great arcades, and forget about the noises and smells for a moment !!

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