Oh my.... the world famous Hofbräuhaus.... For me it is one of Germany’s biggest tourist traps, no matter if, according to Wikipedia, “it generates a two digit million Euro turnover per year”. The reason why I classify it as such is simple: it seems that 98% of foreign visitors want to go there, maybe just to report “I’ve been there” when they get home, maybe because the travel guides mention this as “typical Bavarian”, maybe for other reasons. But I can’t see anything “typical Bavarian” if a place is almost avoided by the locals, the Bavarians this is. Add to this that English Wikipedia does not even mention the significant history Hofbräuhaus has – so how should foreigners even find out other information??? Even Rick Steves promotes it. Well, maybe he didn’t even try to find others but just followed what the foreign guidebooks tell....
A couple of years ago I was upstairs in the big festival hall, for an evening event of a seminar I participated in. The organisers were Bavarians, the participants from all over Europe, but still... after half an hour the Bavarians in our group disappeared because they couldn’t stand the silly atmosphere in this festival hall.
No thanks, not anymore for me.
There are trillions of alternatives for the visitor who doesn’t want to follow the masses. Any beer garden or brewery is better and more authentic than Hofbräuhaus...
Location of Hofbräuhaus on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., September 2012.
The Hofbrauhaus is one of the most obvious tourist traps in Munich; however, not going there is tantamount to going to Orlando and not going to Disney. I've classified this as a tourist trap only because it is so obvious. The food leaves a good bit to be desired but the beer is good and it is a must see.
Unique Suggestions: Enjoy it! Watch the people, talk with others that are sitting at your table and take it all in! It is a fun time.
The Munich Hofbraeuhaus has more non-Bavarian visitors than Bavarians. Of course also some local people come here, but students and younger Munich inhabitants as well as many older folks avoid the Hofbraeuhaus. There are many nice beer halls and beer gardens, such as the Augustiner beer halls and beer gardens, the beer garden at the Chinese tower in the English Garden etc etc
Unique Suggestions: Try to go out off season, when not so many tourists frequent town (when? - I don't know ;-))
Go around 10 o'clock in the morning or later in the evening
Best: don't go at all - chose another place: see below...
Fun Alternatives: Summer:
I like the beer garden at the Chinese tower in the English Garden. Lots of Munich-ians, good food, good atmosphere, sometimes some Bavarian music and after the drinking you can sleep on a meadow in the sun ....
Another good place is the beer garden at the "Wiener Platz" on the other (outside the city) side of the Isar, about 10 minutes walk from the German museum. Cross the museum's isle, walk up der Rosenheimer str. and then at the "Y" intersection keep left into the "Innere Wiener Street". At the Wiener Platz (also a small market during week days) you can already see the beer garden
all throughout Munich there are several "Augustiner" beer halls. Food there is good and not too expensive and the beer tastes good as well. For locations see: http://www.augustiner-braeu.de
When trying to take the huge beer glasses from the Hofbräuhaus make sure you don't get caught, the bouncers like to check bags on the way out ...
.... hmmm I wonder how we came home with ten of them, anyway ;-) Them rowers...
Unique Suggestions: Hope that they won't check your bag ;-)
Fun Alternatives: You can get glasses much more easily in most beergardens. Some of them give you a "Pfand" coin like the one on the picture. You pay a Euro when purchasing a drink and get your money back when you return your glass. If you don't give it back you have a glass ;-) Most beergardens don't even use this system, so just be quick and bring a bag ;-)
No offense to my Japanese freinds but my bavarian freins call the house the "Japanese fly trap" becuase it is such a rediculous tourist trap... I can recomend at least five much better beer gardens whre you can drink liters of beer in a much more natural setting.. Beer and spare ribs.. Man is that good stuff.. I could be german I think...
The Hofbrauhaus has it's own gift shop just outside the door. We found it to be a bit pricey and found many of the same gifts just down the road for much less money. Still it is a good place to sometimes fins a bargin on a HBH tee-shirt.
Unique Suggestions: Look but do not buy.
Fun Alternatives: TeeShirts, Beer steins, Shot glasses and the beer dechel (beer mat) can be purchased someplace else much cheaper.
I would say don't go to the 'Hofbräuhaus', it is a real tourist trap. The staff is unfriendly and there are only foreigners. Also there are many typically Bavarian bars all over the city. Well but.... I was there once with a huge group of people at a conference. The conference dinner was held in the Hofbraeuhaus and it was not too bad. The americans liked it ;-)
The famous Hofbräuhaus! Always a blast, and a great place to meet people from back home, and from all over the globe too! Oktoberfest is another tourist trap, but I have yet to go. But I´ll be there in about a month for Oktoberfest 2002!
Unique Suggestions: Meet everyone there! Try to find friends backpacking. Drink one or more of those Maßes!
Hofbraehaus!! RUN RUN RUN away from this place. The service is terrible and the staff ignorant. The beer and food is expensive. Its completely full of tourists, locals wouldn't go there if you paid them! It's not a real Munich beirgarten or beirkellar experience. All the staff are foreign. There are so many other nice beirgartens in Munich its a shame that everyone resorts to this place.
Some would call the Hofbrahaus a tourist trap. But you have to go at least once. Drink a few liters!
The Hofbrauhaus is a tourist trap but I must admit to having a guilty good time when I go. Good food, good oomp-pah music, good company, and good beer---lots of beer---mega beer.