Munich, Germany – a city known for its modern living, the BMW, the Bavarian culture and of course, its beer halls.
Although it wasn’t quite Oktoberfest when we went, there was no way we were going to miss out on a visit to the most famous and largest beer hall in the world. And let’s be honest, I don’t think any visit to Munich is complete without a night at the Hofbrauhaus.
Right around the corner from the central square Marienplatz in the heart of Munich’s old town, the Hofbrauhaus is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the food, beer and the friendly atmosphere.
The Hofbrauhaus can be incredibly crowded, loud and busy – but that’s the beauty of it. Don’t stand around waiting to be seated because that just won’t happen. You must find a table yourself and that can be difficult. So make sure you jump onto the first table you can squeeze onto; who knows you might make some new friends! We were fortunate enough to catch a group leaving so we scored ourselves a full table in the outside courtyard before moving inside with another group at the end of the night.
The service is very efficient for how busy it is, but it’s very handy to give the beer maidens a tip at the start of the night – that way they’ll look after you and make sure the beers continue to flow.
We made our way through a huge pretzel and gingerbread for entrée. I ordered one whole roasted pork knuckle served with homemade natural gravy and a potato dumpling. For 12,90 euros, this large feast was delicious – highly recommended. They also serve various other meals and many traditional German delicacies.
Now let’s move on to the more important details – the beer. I may not be a beer drinker but I did it, I made my way through the entire 1lt stein. And yes, it may have only been a Radler (beer with lemonade) but hey, I tried didn’t I?! The people who do actually like beer seemed to thoroughly enjoy a stein….or four. As a heads up, German Purity Laws require beer to be completely free of preservatives and additives, so drink up and say hello to NO HANGOVER in the morning!