Hofbräuhaus: Beer Garden in Munich
While we were planning for our time in Munich, there was one thing at the top of our list: Visit a beer garden! In fact, we ran out of time, and had to shorten our time in this German city. So besides taking a walk through the downtown area, the beer garden was basically took up the majority of our time in our Munich!
Hofbräuhaus is located in an urban area of Munich. This beer garden is has both indoor and outdoor seating areas. The lack of air-conditioning means that summer months are better spent outside where there is some fresh air, and maybe even a slight breeze (if you are lucky). The outdoor area, built around some massive chestnut trees, was completely full when we arrived. Not wanting to be stuck inside, we stood in the garden area, patiently waiting for a table to leave. We soon figured out that there is no “waiting line”. People tend to just grab tables as they become available. This was a little more challenging for us, with a stroller, but we figured it out. While we were waiting we bought a giant pretzel to munch on.
“The Munich Hofbräuhaus on the Platzl is one of the most well-known city institutions and is at the same time the most famous brewery in the world.”
The crowded Outdoor area
Not many seats available, but we eventually sat down on the other end of the courtyard. The wait was worth it because we knew that once we were seated, we could sit back and relax for as long as we wanted to.
Dressed The Part
It was interesting spotting these guys amongst the many tables that surrounding the chestnut trees. They were even drinking out of traditional German beer steins. It kind of made me wish that wearing lederhosen was a requirement for drinking here. Of course, that desire is probably based on the fact that I am tourist. I also love dressing up! Surely a requirement like this would be annoying for the locals, who were merely popping by for an “after-work pint”.
“Lederhosen are clothing made of leather; they may be either short or knee-length. The longer ones are generally called Bundhosen or Kniebundhosen. Once common workwear across Central Europe, they are now considered a folk costume associated particularly with Bavaria in Germany and the Tyrol in Austria.”
Eye-catching architecture and frescoes at Hofbräuhaus
The historic beer hall on the first floor of the building is considered the heart of the Hofbräuhaus. In the center of the public beer hall is a music podium where local German musicians play every day. On weekends, visiting bands provide lively entertainment for guests. The live music really did add a unique touch, and made the whole beer garden experience feel all the more authentic.
Numerous men and women were walking around selling fresh pretzels (and yay – they were dressed in lederhosen). It is hard to resist a freshly baked pretzel on a normal day… imagine how hard it is to resist one when you’re in Germany, at a beer garden, sipping on German beer. WHY RESIST?
Just grab one, and enjoy every last bite!
And so it goes…. You come to a beer garden to drink beer!
AND DRINK WE DID!
We both wanted something simple for dinner, so we ordered sausages on sauerkraut. It probably would have been more interesting to order different meals, and then share them. That way we would have been able to try out a new dish. However, at this point, I think that we just wanted to eat sausage, with more pretzels!
Sausage, Pretzels and Beer. We know what we like!
The waiter suggested this pasta dish for our little man – and it was perfect! Eli absolutely loved it, and even dug into it with his hands because the spoon was taking too long. Hilarious!
Chug chug chug
Oh gosh! Those jugs of beer are BIG! We weren’t sure how people around us were eating large meals AND finishing off these beers. We struggled to finished everything, so we sat for a while to let our food (and beer) settle. Justin can definitely handle more beer than me, so I was proud to have finished this whole jug. It felt like I wouldn’t get the imaginary “beer garden” badge if I didn’t!
BOOM! I found a badge!
It was completely dark by the time we were done eating and drinking. We had walked a fair amount before sitting down at Hofbräuhaus, but our parking garage was actually quite close. If he wasn’t already asleep, I am sure that Eli had fallen asleep by the time that we were in our car.
We might not have experienced very much of Munich, but we are very happy that we at least got to visit a famous Beer Garden. It seems as though this would be a great thing to do on a regular basis if you lived in a city like this.
We highly recommend visiting a Beer Garden in Munich!
Hofbräuhaus Munich Beer Garden
What: Traditional German beer hall with live music and a small garden area.
Address: Platzl 9
Metro Stop: Marienplatz
Phone: 49 89 29013610