Platzl (center of the Old Town)
The Platzl is located at the end of Orlandostraße in Munich’s Old Town. As the name already indicates, the Platzl is not particularly big. Here the old townhouses are crowded close together. The Platzl is known the world over thanks to the Munich Hofbräuhaus - the famous tavern takes up almost the entire eastern half of the square.
Gastronomy and the Platzl
Star chef Alfons Schuhbeck has likewise found a home at the Platzl: the “Südtiroler Stuben”, the “Münchner Kindl Stuben”, and other gastronomic operations in the Orlandohaus belong to the Bavarian top chef. The Orlandohaus is one of the noble townhouses and was named for a musical conductor at the ducal court, Orlando di Lasso. There were also many Munich student associations located around the square in the Old Town; some still have their headquarters in the old townhouses.
Gastronomy has almost always been associated with the Platzl – even the cabaret scene was active here in the 19th century. Today it is characterized above all by the traditional inns and fine restaurants. Not to be forgotten is the Hard Rock Café Munich; with it’s impressive house number 1, it is right across from the Hofbräuhaus Munich.