A Step Inside Munich’s Hofbräuhaus

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In a city known for beer and beer halls, a visit to Munich really isn’t complete without at least a step inside Hofbräuhaus, one of the oldest and certainly most famous.

A Step Inside Munich’s Hofbräuhaus

Founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria, Wilhelm V, Hofbräuhaus has long been a staple of Germany’s beer capital.

A Step Inside Munich’s Hofbräuhaus

It’s loud. It’s crowded. It’s touristy. But it’s also overflowing with beer and a great way to experience the atmosphere of Octoberfest at any time of year.

The hall is filled with long, wooden tables. The restaurant is packed most evenings and it’s a seat yourself kind of joint, so expect to make a few rounds in search of an open table.

A Step Inside Munich’s Hofbräuhaus

If you are in a small group or alone you will be dining next to strangers. While initially this is a little uncomfortable, especially if you’re a solo traveler like me, it’s actually a really nice change and makes it easy to meet new people. I ended up sitting next to a mom and daughter from the United States and it made for a nice evening of beer and conversation.

Most nights a week there is a band playing live Bavarian music that also helps enforce the jolly, Octoberfest mood.

Beer is served in giant liter mugs räuhaus and there’s four types – light, dark, sparkling or non-alcoholic, but who wants that?

A Step Inside Munich’s Hofbräuhaus

Food prices are relatively cheap and plates are served heaping with food.

I started off with a delicious potato soup with root vegetables.

A Step Inside Munich’s Hofbräuhaus

For my main course I had the Munich Sauerbraten of Alpine Ox. Translation: beef pot roast marinated in sour gravy served with bread dumplings and cranberries.

A Step Inside Munich’s Hofbräuhaus

Women in Octoberfest dresses walk around selling pretzels and I couldn’t resist sampling one of these as well.

Needless to say I left Hofbräuhaus stuffed and happy.

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