The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl - All info about the Munich original
Fresh beer, traditional music and history: The Hofbräuhaus
When visiting Munich, the Hofbräuhaus is of course a must. What makes the most famous pub in the world so special and what is on offer there:
Hofbräuhaus: The most important information about the Munich original
- Food and drinks: Typical Bavarian specialties such as roast pork or knuckle of pork and, of course, Hofbräu beer are on the menu.
- Opening hours: You will be served by waiters and waitresses in traditional costume, every day from 9 am.
- The Hofbräuhaus Original: Even though the Munich original has already been replicated in Las Vegas and other cities, the imposing neo-Renaissance building on Platzl remains unique.
- Guests: Up to 3000 visitors can be seated inside the building and up to 400 guests outside in the beer garden. On peak days, even up to 30,000 visitors are expected.
- Brewery "Staatliches Hofbräuhaus": Beer has been brewed in the Hofbräuhaus since 1589, of course, in accordance with the Bavarian Purity Law.
- Origin: The brewery has been located in the Platzl area since 1608. However, nowadays, the beer is brewed in Riem, where there is more quantity available.
Rooms: Beer hall and beer parlors
There is always a good atmosphere in the large beer hall of the Hofbräuhaus:
Over a hundred years ago, the vaulted hall known as the Schwemme still housed brewing equipment. Today, Munich residents meet visitors there. Half of the daily guests are regulars.
On the upper floor of the Hofbäuhaus, lovingly furnished beer taverns await another 2,500 or so visitors. The quaint little rooms such as the Munich Room or the Bräustüberl have also attracted the odd celebrity over the past decades: Mozart, Sisi or Josephine Baker also wanted to enjoy the magical atmosphere of the old inn.
The Hofbräu beer garden
A visit to the beer garden is a welcome chance to strike up a conversation with others, because this is where you meet young or old, Munich resident or traveler.
Visitors sit under shady chestnut trees surrounded by historic walls in the Hofbräuhaus beer garden. Here, too, the waiters and waitresses serve Bavarian food and beer
The song about the Hofbräuhaus
The Hofbräuhaus is so famous that there even is a hit song in German that was composed about it: „In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus... oans, zwoa, g'suffa" - roughly translated as: "There is a Hofbräuhaus in Munich... one, two, cheers!" The Song has become a firm custom and the epitome of Munich festival life. The lyrics are by Siegfried Richter, the melody by his friend Wilhelm "Wiga" Gabriel.
The song is also sung at the Hofbräuhaus, of course: music from ever-changing brass bands, true-to-the-original Bavarian folk dances and colorful traditional costumes are part of the fixed entertainment program of the Munich Hofbräu experience.
The history of the Hofbräuhaus
Munich once imported beer from other German regions like Saxony and Kassel: Until the 16th century, the Wittelsbach court was supplied with imported beer. In 1589, Duke Wilhelm V decided to build his own brewery. The noble family and the court servants were to be supplied with it.
Initially, the new brewery was located in a smaller building. As the demand for beer grew, the brewery moved to a larger building at its present location, the so-called Platzl, in 1608. All Munich innkeepers were soon serving Hofbräu beer:
It was not until 1828, when Ludwig I made the pub open to all, that the public was allowed into the Hofbräuhaus.
In 1896, the brewery moved from the Platzl to Innere Wiener Strasse in Haidhausen, where the Hofbräukeller with beer garden on Wiener Platz still stands today. During the Second World War, the building was largely destroyed, but reconstructed until 1958.