Is there anyone who HASN'T heard of this place? Certainly it's the place that comes to mind for most when Munich is mentioned. It's crowded, loud, raucous, chaotic, full of drunk tourists... and an absolute blast! If you enjoy beer and want to party Bavarian style, I strongly recommend you come here at least once. Note: If your travel companion is not much into beer or loud antics, you probably should consider visiting here when your companion is otherwise occupied (e.g. shopping or visiting a museum).
Favorite Dish: They serve food? :)
Seriously, the food is OK, but better elsewhere. Maybe order some "wurst mit kraut" or a large pretzel to keep something besides beer in your stomach.
The beer is delicious, normally coming in "Helles" (golden lager) or "Dunkeles" (dark beer). If you don't want to drink an entire liter of beer, consider ordering a "Weissbier" (beer brewed with wheat instead of barley), which comes in 1/2 liter glasses.
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!)
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).
Hofbräuhaus might even be the most famous restaurant / inn in the world.
"Hof" is the german word for the Royal court, and "Hof-Bräu" was the beer drunk at the court by the king and his guests, so it certainly was the very best beer in the country.
There is a great restaurant on the 2nd floor , (in Europe we would call it 1st floor ;-) with great cuisine and of course the famous beer.
Simply take these few steps upstairs for a great dining experience.
If you just want to drink some beer, have a look for my next tip :
Hofbräu - Schwemme
Favorite Dish: Schweinsbraten & Beeeeeeeeer is my favorite dish , but of course they have a lot more great dishes to choose from !
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 !!
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:
And lot of nice desserts AND DON'T MISS A DELICIOUS GERMAN BEER!!!!!
A GREAT NIGHT OUT!!!!!!!
The Hofbräuhaus has been called the best and worst beer hall in the world. Many of us as "tourists" complain that a place that is too "touristy." I have been guilty of that myself, many times. I want to go and see the "real thing." From what I have been told, the Hofbräuhaus is doing what it has done for a long time. It is entirely possible that they have been doing the same thing since before there were tourists. I know that it is at least 40 years because I have been going there that long.
One tip is to watch for tables with signs that say "stammtisch." These tables are reserved for local regulars. Frequently there will be a group arrival time on the card. If you are not a member of the group, you will be asked to leave when the arrival time gets close.
It is also important to distinguish between places that are “touristy” and those that are “tourist traps.” While the Hofbräuhaus may be “touristy," it is more authentic than any “tourist trap” selling fake merchandise. There are people who will complain about a place being too "touristy" and then complain when the menus are not in English. Why not learn the chorus to the Hofbräuhaus Song and join in. Brush-up on “Country Roads” by John Denver. They'll play that a few times each night.
While I like the Augustiner Bräuhaus and the Löwenbraükeller better, it is just a matter of taste. And while the Hofbräuhaus is a "tourist attraction," it is the most popular beer hall in the world because it is a "fun" place to be. Go and be part of the fun. That's what makes it popular with the locals as well. For a good time, it's hard beat the good ol' Hofbräuhaus! The following may help.
In Munchen steht ein Hofbräuhaus
Eins, zwei, g'suffa
Da lauft so manches Fasschen aus
Eins, zwei, g'suffa
Da hat so manche braver Mann
Gezeigt was er so vertragen kann
Schon fruh am Morgen fing er an
Und spat am Abend kam er heraus
So schon ist's im Hofbräuhaus
Favorite Dish: Everything that I have had is excellent. The dumplings are very good with everything served. The Schweinebraten is excellent as is the eisbein (pork shank). If it is made of pork, Germans do more with pork than anyone. The goulaschsuppe is also excellent. (Photo #5 shows the remainders of a finished eisbein.)
The classical place for tourists, but still a must. Good beer, not so much the food. Enjoy dancing & singing while the Bavarian band is playing. If you don't like the rowdy athmosphere of the "Schwemme" (inferior part of the place), then go to the restaurant in the first floor or outside, to the Biergarten.
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.
Favorite Dish: Many typical Bavarian dishes too choose from Schweinshax'n , which is basically a roasted leg of pork, Original Muenchner HB-Weiswurste, 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!!
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!!!
This well known beerhall was founded in 1589, but is really frequented by tourists and not locals who tend to go elsewhere. Still you get a good feeling for a beerhall here and their food is good.
Favorite Dish: weisswurz, semel & senf
The world famous Hofbrauhaus is an absolute must for visitors. If you only had two hours in Munich I would say go first to the Marienplatz and then head for a beer and bread at the Hofbrauhaus.
The venue is a historic and emblematic Bavarian beer house which is just a few minutes walk south of the city centre. Don't let this put you off but a certain Herr A. Hitler used to hold some of his National Socialist Party meetings here in the 1930s.
The Hofbrauhaus has a vast beer hall with long wooden tables and benches, a cellar resturant, more rooms upstairs and a huge courtyard beer garden. In the evenings, the beer hall is filled with the sound of a jolly thigh-slapping Bavarian 'ommpah' band. The staff (and many customers) are dressed in traditional costume (dirndl for the ladies and lederhosen with a feathery hat for the gents).
The Hofbrau beer (brewed on site) is served in giant one litre glasses called a 'Maß' (pronounce 'mass'). You can order a smaller 0.5 ltr glass but the staff will do everything in their power to dissuade you from doing so! There is a traditional 'Hofbrau Original' (a helles lager) or a Dunkel , Radler (a sort of shandy) and Weissbier. Also served are wine, coffee and spirits - but what's the point of visiting the world's most famous beer hall if you are not going to have a beer?
Favorite Dish: Hofbrauhaus serves nothing but traditional Bavarian dishes - from snacks such as Bretzen (delicious salty pretzel bread) and Weisswurst (Munich's white veal sausages) through to roasted duck and pork dishes (with the traditinal accompaniment of sauerkraut, potato noodles/dumplings, gravy etc).
Beware, the menu ('speisenkarte') is only available in German so you need to know what you are ordering. Also, the place gets terribly busy in Summer (and I suppose during the Oktoberfest and Christkindlmarkt) and it can take some time to get served.
The Hofbrauhaus also has a merchandise shop at the main entrance so you can take home a 'Maß' as a souvenir.
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.
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.
First i ordered "Bavarian beef", they were out of it ( not sure what it was anyway), then ordered a salad ( with turkey) in its place. Turkey had a nice taste, but was really fatty.....dressing too creamy too and just drowning the salad. I barely ate it and it was pretty expensive for a salad.
Favorite Dish: Just the beer