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Munich Platzl: The old town center with Hofbräuhaus and old town houses

Platzl: Pretty ensemble in Munich's old town

Magnificent town houses, cobblestones and a famous beer temple: At the Platzl you can get an idea of what Munich once looked like. This pretty ensemble should not be missed on any tour of Munich.

What you can see at the Platzl

There's all kinds of things to see and taste in this small town square in the heart of Munich close to the Marienplatz:

  • The world famous Hofbräuhaus is located here.
  • A visit to Platzl is especially worthwhile because of its old Munich flair and the magnificent town houses!

The Munich Hofbräuhaus on the eastside

Das Platzl, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

The Platzl is located at the end of Orlandostraße in the old town of Munich. As the name suggests, the square is not particularly large: here, old town houses stand closely packed together.

The Platzl has certainly become world famous thanks to the Munich Hofbräuhaus - the famous inn takes up almost the entire eastern half.

Celebrity chef Alfons Schuhbeck has also found a home at Platzl: The Bavarian top chef runs the "Südtiroler Stuben" and the "Schubeck Orlando" at Platzl.

The Orlandohaus

Das Platzl, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

The Orlandohaus is one of the noble town houses, it was named after the chapel master at the ducal court Orlando di Lasso. Around the square in the old town were also many Munich student fraternities, some still have their headquarters in the old town houses.

Gastronomy has always been firmly linked to the Platzl - the small arts and cabaret scene in particular was active here until the 19th century. Today, it is mainly the traditional inns and noble restaurants that dominate the scene.

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