Hofbräuhaus, Munich

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Platzl 9, 80331 Muenchen +49 (0)89 290136100

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    Hofbräuhaus am Platzl: Beer, Belly-laughs, and Blasmusik

    by travelfrosch Updated Jan 25, 2007

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    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.

    Some young kid and his dad prepare to enter... Hmm... Looks interesting... A cauldron of loud antics Naive tourists allowed at a Stammtisch
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    Hofbräuhaus: An Institution

    by 15ilikestuff Updated Jan 6, 2005

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    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!)

    Oompah Band

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

    by chancay Written Oct 8, 2004

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    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).

    the main entrance

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    Hofbräuhaus: In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus

    by globetrott Written Aug 29, 2004

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    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 !

    Hofbr��uhaus by night

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    Hofbräuhaus: Oans - Zwoa, Gsuffa

    by globetrott Updated Sep 2, 2004

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    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 !!

    Hofbr��uhaus - Schwemme

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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:
    Meats
    Salads
    Pasta
    German Sausages
    Rice
    And lot of nice desserts AND DON'T MISS A DELICIOUS GERMAN BEER!!!!!

    A GREAT NIGHT OUT!!!!!!!

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    Hofbräuhaus: Give the Hofbräuhaus Its Due

    by flyingscot4 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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
    Eins,zwei,g'suffa
    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 Original Hofbr��uhaus Band The Original Hofbr��uhaus Band II Stammtisch (reserved) sign A slow night The remains of a large pork shank.
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    Hofbrauhaus: The oh so famous.....

    by Maryimelda Updated Mar 30, 2010

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    The Hofbrauhaus fits into so many categories for tip writing. It is definitely a "Thing to Do" in Munich, not to mention a "Restaurant" tip and a "Nightlife" tip. I've settled on putting it in the restaurant tips and hope that I'm correct in doing so.
    This is a German institution, which is famous the world over and very exciting to visit.
    We were there the first time at 2pm on a Tuesday and the place was packed and the Oom Pa Pah band was playing away. Fabulous!
    The following night we went back for dinner and once again the excitement was palpable.

    Favorite Dish: I had four different sausages for dinner when we went back on the following night. It came served of course, with mustard and sauerkraut and was very tasty, though not memorable.
    I do remember that the prices of the food were quite reasonable.

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    Hofbräuhaus: Oans, zwoa...

    by tolovajka Written Aug 14, 2006

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    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.

    Music in the HBHaus Biergarten
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    Hofbrauhaus: Munichs favourite

    by nigelw6443 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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!!

    One of the oldest Breweries in Germany
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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!!!

    Bavarian Pork Knuckle Lobby Famous Joint The Oompah Band,blocked by the Crowd House Emblem on the Door

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    Hofbräuhaus: Worst food of my life

    by islaazul Updated Aug 12, 2005

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    I should have known better. I don't blame anyone but myself--I knew this was a tourist place, but every travel book recommended it, and it got me at a weak moment. This is hands-down the worst food I've ever tasted.

    Go if you must. But don't say I didn't warn you...

    Favorite Dish: The beer was so-so.

    The meat was bland and salty (yes, it's possible), with a texture like wood.

    The salad consisted of a few sad strips of lettuce.

    The Knoedel... like plaster. I think I tasted the chef's hands.

    Food I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy
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    Hofbrauhaus: Hofbrauhaus

    by mvtouring Written Oct 1, 2010

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    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

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  • Hofbräuhaus: Bavarian delights!

    by meadwaytourer Written Jul 15, 2007

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    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.

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    Hofbräuhaus: Touristy but good

    by Sjalen Written Nov 11, 2004

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    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.

    More than a pint!

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