No trip to Munich is complete without visiting the Hofbräuhaus. The most famous beer hall in the world is located in the heart of Munich's old town, just a few steps from the central square Marienplatz.
Established in 1589 as the Royal Brewery of the Kingdom of Bavaria, the Hofbräuhaus, just like Oktoberfest, is an essential part of Munich's history, culture, and cuisine, and it's a great time.
- Traditional and fun beer hall atmosphere
- Home-brewed beer from the Hofbräuhaus brewery
- Traditional German delicacies from the in-house butchery
- Bavarian Oompah bands play every day
- It can get very crowded and loud, especially on weekends
- Address: Am Platzl 9, 80331 Munich
- Phone: +49 89 2901 360
- Subway: Take the subway U3 or U6, or the trains S1-S8 and get off at Marienplatz
- Visit the website for hours and prices
The heart of the Hofbräuhaus is its historic beer hall which is called Schwemme. Sit down at the long, wooden tables—some of them have been here for more than 100 years as the engraved initials, comments, and dates testify.
The Schwemme is a great place to get a true taste of Munich: Listen to Oompah Bands that play it up every day, watch traditionally dressed waiters juggle 10 huge beers at once, and enjoy the fun and bustling atmosphere.
More a restaurant than a beer hall is the Braustüberl, located on the first floor of the Hofbräuhaus.
Quieter and smaller than the beer hall, this is a great place for dining with the family.
Food and Drinks
Savor the home brewed beers of the Hofbräuhaus, Hofbräu Dark Beer and the Hofbräu Original, a fine bitter beer. Enjoy them in a huge 1-liter stein, called a Mass.
The menu of the Hofbräuhaus is famous for its hearty dishes.
Meat lovers will get their money's worth here: All the sausages are homemade, and you can choose between such specialties as fresh veal sausage with sweet mustard, crackling pork roast, or Wiener Schnitzel, a veal cutlet pounded thin and coated with golden breadcrumbs.
If you are a vegetarian, you'll also find good options here: Try the cheese Spätzle, egg noodles with a local cheese, topped with roasted onions.
Some people say that the Hofbräuhaus is a tourist trap—we say not true. Sure, you'll find lots of travelers here, but there are as many locals who enjoy and treasure this Bavarian institution, which is an essential part of Bavarian history and culture.
In the Hofbräuhaus, you see many reserved tables for local regulars, called Stammtisch. And you find another novelty here: A locker for beer steins. Loyal customers have their own stein, which they can store in a special safe at the Hofbräuhaus.
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