Hofbräuhaus München is one of the most unique and historic breweries that I have ever visited. Besides Oktoberfest, it is the #1 tourist attraction in Munich annually. The Hofbräuhaus reputation attracts people from all over the globe to get a glimpse at this legendary beer hall and to drink out of those iconic liter mugs. Yes, liter mugs of beer. The Oom-pah band plays the traditional Bavarian music and everyone claps, dances or sings along.
The decor and painted ceilings are impressive while the waitresses serve food and beer in their traditional drindl outfits. You must try the wiener schnitzel, bratwursts or the soft pretzel. The whole experience is a little touristy, but you can’t help get into it!
Here are 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Original Hofbräuhaus:
1. It is the largest bräuhaus in Munich and holds up to 3500 patrons at once. If you don’t arrive early, it will be packed! But that is OK and part of the experience. In the tradition of Bavarian beer halls, if you see a space at one of the long benches just ask if it is available. Then sit down with your new friends, cheers to drinking beer, and make memories. Prost!
2. There are 424 individual beer stein ‘lockers’ where the regulars can leave their precious steins secured for the next visit. These lockers were first installed in 1970 and are so popular that they are often handed down from generation to generation. The waiting list to acquire your own locker could be years.
3. Hofbräuhaus was founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria: Whilelm the 5th. They originally called it the ‘Brown’ Hofbräuhaus because they only brewed brown ale there. Also, the Royal Family had exclusivity to the beer. No peasants allowed! Of course, that changed in 1828 when it was opened to the public and we are all thankful!
4. Famous visitors include: John F. Kennedy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Adolph Hitler, Louis Armstrong, Vladamir Lenin, George H. W. Bush and many more.
5. There are 7 replicas of Hofbräuhaus in the United States and 24 total around the world. However, the original is always the best! You can’t recreate the history or the atmosphere even if you tried. But, if you can’t make it over to Munich, there might be one a little closer to home.
Hofbräuhaus only serves a couple kinds of beer: Hofbräu Dark Beer, Hofbräu Original, Münchner Weisse, and Radler (which is one of their beers with lemonade). I can’t recommend Radler, but the rest of the beers are solid Bavarian brews. Careful, they will put you on your butt. I’ve had their beer at other bars since and out of the bottle, but they just didn’t taste as good without the atmosphere.
This brewery is must-see experience and usually my first stop when I arrive in Munich. It is on my bucket list to go back for Oktoberfest!
Have you ever been to Hofbräuhaus München or Oktoberfest? What was your experience like? Feel free to leave comments below.
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