This huge beerhall has it all; oompa-ompamusic, beer and nowhere to sit. Yes, it is that crowded mostly.
Ok, nowadays there are more tourist visiting the Hofbräuhaus than locals, but it still a nice place to go and eat or just have a beer. The locals have their "Stammtisch", marked over the table with companyname or groupname.
We walked into this enormous place and werer quite overwhelmed by the noise and the crowd. We walked back out and caught our breath. We decided to try again. There weren't any tables available and we did not really know the protocol, so we just asked someone if we could share their table. Ended up being great. We ordered our beer steins and struck up a conversation with some German guys who were meeting for a yearly reunion. It was also their first time here.
the hofbrauhaus is probably the most famous beer hall in germany. located in the altstadt (old town) it is a short walk from the marienplatz. in 1589 duke wilhelm V founded a brewery near the site of the present day hofbrauhaus. the current building was built in 1808. many famous people have visited this beer hall, some include mozart, josephine baker, and lenin. during the early days of the nazi party the hofbrauhaus was used for political rallies. a fun place to visit to drink beer and listen to bavarian music. open 9:00AM daily. note: the tables with table cloths are reserved for regulars.
Hofbräuhaus is accepted as the temple of beer since 1644.Its also the world's most famous beer hall. Its also accepted as the pilgrim place for all beer fans arounsd the world .Check out the wall of beer steins, personalized and locked away for their owners.The Germans also visit in droves (even Bavarians), because as the song says: wie schön ist's im Hofbräuhaus! Tables lebeled with "Stammtisch" are reserved for regulars.So as smaller sizes are seldom seen so its better that you choose the one litre example , eat your sausages and schnitzel or sing and dance in Munich's most sacred institution.Hofbräuhaus
No trip to Munich is complete without a stop at the Legendary Hofbrauhaus! It doesn't matter if you are a beer drinker or not, this is a fun place to be. It is always crowded, so good luck finding a table. You will end up sharing a table with strangers (unless you have a group that takes up the whole table). You will find the traditional Bavarian style outfit here, for both men and women. Most of them are friendly enough (or drunk enough, can't decide which) to pose for a picture with you. Enjoy a beer here, it tastes great! (If you aren't lucky enough to be in Munich during Oktoberfest, being at the Hofbrauhaus is the next best thing. It is almost exactly the same).
As a side note, the Hard Rock Cafe is right in front of it, so you can eat there first and then have a beer or two (or three) afterwards.
Hofbrauhaus is a Munich institution. It is one of the five major beerhalls in the city, but probably the most famous. The hall is made up of several large rooms with long wooden tables, and a large outdoor courtyard in the back. The servers are dressed in the traditional garb, there are humungous warm pretzels to be bought, and the oompa-pa band is wearing liederhosen! The popular 1-litre steins cost 6,90 euro, though other (smaller) beers can be purchased too.
Raise your glass and sing along to Ein Prosit! You'll have a great time.
Apart from being a super great beer hall, this place has the "honour" of saying it once hosted a rally run by none other than Hitler himself. When you walk through the front doors, look up to the patterns on the roof around the lights. Recognise them??
We had our meal upstairs in a smaller group booking sort of hall. It was such a good night. Beer, 1/2 a chicken, cold potato, who could want more? But there was more - after the meal we trained it to the Oktoberfest! What a great night!
If you are looking for beer and the German stereotype you'll find it at the Hofbrau Haus. The regular have their own steins and there is always music and singing. This is the place where Hitler tried to launch his famous "Beer Hall Putcsh" and was arrested in the early 1930's. I've been told that there are other more typical bee halls and beer gardens but this is the one everyone has heard of and fits the general picture. Our image of Germany is from Bavaria.
The Hofbräuhaus (the Royal Brewery) in Munich is one of the world's prominent tourist traps. Second only to the Cinese Wall, the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and a few other lesser traps.
The ground floor is a huge beer hall named "die Schwemme" which means "the Flood" - and a flood it is. Thousands of people having their litre or two-litre "steins" served. Consuming them to the umpha-umpha of the Bavarian orchestra - often with talented bugler and singer Helga from Kufstein.
Try to get the table just to the right when you have reached the music stall. That table attracts the most foreigners and they are all very nice people. Night after night. See picture. Karin waving at far right.
Yes, you can eat as well. Try Spanferkel - but beware of Spanferkelinnereienragout. You probably don't want to know what it is.
Some people are likely going to place this in the "tourist trap" category. Perhaps in some ways, it truly is a tourist trap. I would say, if you want a bonafide tourist trap, go to the nearby Hard Rock Cafe.
Sure, most of the people seem to be tourists, and there is a lot of merchandising in this place. However, this restaurant/beer hall is also a very historic place in the old city. For hundreds of years, it has served the general public. No doubt, some very famous people including notorious leaders of the Nazi party have frequented this place. We did manage to stop by and have a nice meal here. There is plenty of German food and enough beer in large glasses to go around. The festive atmosphere is also part of the experience of coming here. I think that anyone visiting Munich should at least stop by and look around.
The Hofbrauhaus also maintains a beer tent in the famous Oktoberfest.
Once in Munich you MUST pass by the Platzl to see this so famous "drinking hall". This really huge "pub" and brewery was founded 1589. Until this year Munich imported its beer from the city of Einbeck in Lower Saxony because the local beer was not good enough. Because of the high transport costs duke Wilhelm V. of Bavaria searched for alternatives. September 1589 his chamberlain and counsellors Ch. Strabl, A. Amasmeyr, S. Prew and G. Griesmair submitted the idea of bulding a brewery. ...well, to get all the info and more have a look at the homepage, it is english as well.
Munich's most famous beer hall is also its most touristy. However, since it's so close to the city center, you're bound to walk by, so it's worth a look if not for the food, at least to check out the size and atmosphere of the place.
The place is huge complete with an Oompah band and an outdoor beer garden toward the left rear of the building. If you need to accommodate a large party of drinkers, this would be a good place, but be forewarned, the beer is more expensive here than at most, if not all, of the other beer halls and the food is decent, but nothing spectacular.
Richie and I took a stroll through the Hofbrauhaus on my first afternoon in town and he told me about its history as one of Hitler's favorite hangouts. Then, a couple days later, we decided to give a meal a try. It actually wasn't bad, but again, if you're looking for high quality food, you could do better.
Its a pretty obvious choice but hofbrauhaus is a definite thing to do whilst in munich. Big beer mugs and massive pretzels are pretty much staple. By far the best beer I tasted in Europe last year would have to be Lowenbrau or 'lionbrew', former TSV 1860 sponsor and Munich beer. Especially recommended is the Lowenbrau Weissbeer - quality stuff!!!
It's a nice place to see how does Oktoberfest looks like: fun, music, beer and... not so good food. Well, you'll get what you can expect from any touristic place.
All the area around is worth a visit, so pass by also at this place. And maybe after one Maß you don't care much about the food quality ;-)
Hofbrauhaus is the place for drinking litres of Hofbrau beer, shouting, singing, dancing, having fun and enjoying Bavarian style.
The old beerhall used to be Hitler's hung out place, but you can still have fun here today. The swastica on the ceiling is covered up with Bavarian flag now.
I had lots of fun here and I still keep singing Anton aus Tirol, just like I was doing for the whole night after leaving Hofbrauhaus.!!!