6 Things You Didn’t Know About Hofbräuhaus

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As you may know already, I’m not a big fan of beer in general – I much prefer my rosé in the evening. Or anytime it’s 5 o’clock somewhere…

So it may come as surprising news that one of the things that I was looking forward to the most during my time in Germany was the world-famous Hofbräuhaus in Munich. Why the hell would I be going there if I can’t stomach 3 sips of beer, let alone a giant Bavarian jug!? That just doesn’t seem like a good time investment when spending just two days in the city.

Well, as it turns out, there is a lot more to this place than meets the eye – in fact, I bet you a giant beer jug that you didn’t know any of these things about the Hofbräuhaus. Let’s see…

hofbrauhaus facts

  • It’s the largest bräuhaus in all of Munich – it can hold up to 5000 beer partygoers, and it’s also the second-largest tent at Oktoberfest.
  • It was founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria Whilelm the 5th, as the official Royal Brewery, and used to be exclusively for the use of the Royal family.
  • However, the beer rapidly became famous around Europe – people raved about its purity and incredible taste. It got so famous, in fact, that King Gustavius from Sweden accepted to not invade Munich in exchange of 600,000 barrels of the fine brew during the Thirty Years War.
hofbrauhaus facts
hofbrauhaus facts
  • There are 24 other Hofbräuhaus locations in the world, including Seoul, Genoa, Dubai, Stockholm and Philadelphia. The one in Las Vegas is reportedly the first full-scale and most succesful replica of the beer house.
  • A lot of famous names hung out at the beer hall – Mozart, Lenin, and Hitler, to name a few.
  • Speaking of which, the Hofbräuhaus was used by the Nazi Party to hold functions and assemblies. It’s precisely where Hitler declared the 25 thesis of the National Socialist party back in 1920.

hofbrauhaus facts

Another great example of why you should never judge a book by its cover, especially when it comes to travel.

It reminded me of my experience at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin – I only went in to humor my husband, but I ended up having a really great time while learning more about beer. Mind you, I still hate beer. Nothing you can do about that I’m afraid. But at least I know a whole lot more about it!

Also good to know for the non-beer lovers like me: the Hofbräuhaus is extremely photogenic. From the massive wooden shelves filled with jugs to the live band to the typical Bavarian dishes, the place will be most pleasant for your camera. Yes, it is very touristy, and I don’t think there was a single local in there. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a detour, if only to get a glimpse of this legendary place.

hofbrauhaus facts

hofbrauhaus facts

Have you been to Munich’s Hofbräuhaus? What did you learn during your visit? Did you enjoy your time there?

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34 Comments on 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Hofbräuhaus

  1. Julika
    January 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve been to the Hofbräuhaus quite a few times, but I actually never sat down to have a drink there – too many tourists and way too expensive! Although whole Bavaria is like a cliché version of Germany in itself, the Hofbräuhaus feels just too fake… There are a lot nicer and more authentic beer halls in Munich, where the locals actually go themselves :) But it was really interesting learning about all these historical background facts!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      January 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm (6 years ago)

      I didn’t spend much time there – I actually walked through, and left to enjoy my evening drink somewhere else. But the place is so interesting!

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  2. Jeff @ Go Travelzing
    January 18, 2013 at 11:13 pm (6 years ago)

    I went to the Hofbrauhaus on my first trip to Europe. It was a lot of fun and I even met people sitting across the table from me that knew somebody that I knew. Small world!

    I keep saying I am going to visit the one in Las Vegas, which I just returned from, but always think that I will be disappointed because it is not the original.

    My favorite beer garden in Munich is the one in Englisher Gardens.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      January 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm (6 years ago)

      Small world indeed! That’s amazing.

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  3. Clare
    January 18, 2013 at 11:55 pm (6 years ago)

    We went to the Hofbrauhaus last month – we didn’t have a drink there but we stopped by on our walking tour and definitely learned a few things (I’ve learned a few things more from your post)!

    I’ve also been to the Guinness storehouse, so I know what you mean. And I love beer (and Guinness) in addition to my wine!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      January 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm (6 years ago)

      Glad you can relate! :)

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  4. Sonja
    January 19, 2013 at 12:58 am (6 years ago)

    My relatives who live in Munich always let me peek in for a moment but never let me stay for a drink. That’s okay with me.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      January 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm (6 years ago)

      Me too – I didn’t want to drink/eat there, simply take in the place.

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  5. Vera
    January 19, 2013 at 4:42 am (6 years ago)

    I’ve been there! I only really took a step in, looked around, and stepped out again:) It’s original for sure, I just prefer the smaller places. Did definitely NOT know that beer saved Munich from being invaded – that’s hilarious!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      January 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm (6 years ago)

      Same here – haven’t sat down or anything, but I thought it was fascinating!

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  6. A Cook Not Mad (Nat)
    January 19, 2013 at 6:02 am (6 years ago)

    I hope you got to see the stein lockers, I thought that was the coolest thing.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      January 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm (6 years ago)

      Are these the lockers with the giant metal jugs?

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      • A Cook Not Mad (Nat)
        February 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm (6 years ago)

        The lockers are made of metal, the steins are ceramic, they slide in on their side and have a little padlock. Regulars leave their steins there. Also there is a schedule of which regulars go on what nights. As touristy as it is, when we were there, it was still a fun experience.

      • Marie-Eve Vallieres
        February 13, 2013 at 10:24 pm (6 years ago)

        Yes, I remember seeing them, and wondering if they did belong to locals. Thanks for enlightening me :)

  7. Andrea
    January 19, 2013 at 3:42 pm (6 years ago)

    They make the strongest of the Oktoberfest beers as well

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  8. ConfusedJulia
    January 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm (6 years ago)

    Unfortunately I didn’t make it to the Hofbrauhaus when I was in Munich in the summer – I spent too long at the Augustiner beer garden and by the time I got over there, the Hofbrauhaus was closed :( Definitely want to try and get it next time, especially as I’m going to try and hit Oktoberfest this year!

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  9. Denise L
    January 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve been to the Hofbrauhaus a few times and have always seen locals there – look for the Stammtisch sign on a table that designates where the regulars sit. Most German restaurants/bars have them. Although probably harder to locate in the Hofbrauhaus with all the tourists.

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  10. I think about beer
    January 20, 2013 at 5:45 am (6 years ago)

    I have yet to visit Munich, but as a beer lover, it’s on my list. I do like their beer however. As a beer lover, I take it as a challenge to find at least one beer someone can like. As a wine person, have you tried a geuze or a fruit lambic? A real one, not a super sugar sweetened one? Geuze is very champagne like. A Oude Kriek ventures into the realm of sparkling rose.

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  11. Stephanie - The Travel Chica
    January 21, 2013 at 3:33 am (6 years ago)

    I had the traditional Bavarian breakfast there. It was a the perfect meal after a night at Oktoberfest :-)

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  12. Andrew
    January 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I agree with a couple others here, it seems just so touristy to want to spend much time there. The smaller beer halls are nicer to sit in anyway.
    We went to Augustiner that last time I was in Munich. I did enjoy it, so maybe the bigger places aren’t all bad. It is interesting to see some more history of the Hofbrau.

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  13. Cheryl
    January 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Yes, it’s touristy but I love it. :)

    I think I’ve been there 3-4 times, as I always end up in Munich with someone who’s in town for the first time. So I end up there yet again, not that I mind.

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  14. Nicole
    December 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm (5 years ago)

    I was just there in November, 2013. It was such great atmosphere. We did speak to a local and he tried to help us with the menu. I’m not sure what it is in German, but we ate pork knuckle with a potato dumpling, and we tried a dark and a light beer. The food and the beer was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend going for more than just a jaunt through the place. :)

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  15. Nicole
    December 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh, and thank you for teaching me a little more than I had already learned about the place. Can’t wait to go back again.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      January 2, 2014 at 11:04 am (5 years ago)

      You are most welcome! The Hofbräuhaus is such a fabulous place!

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  16. Lee Dawson
    November 13, 2015 at 11:39 am (3 years ago)

    I visited the Hofbrauhus 3 times in early October 2015. I enjoyed every moment and wish I were there now. Can’t wait to return. I was impressed with the girl that played the double bass in such a casual way. Brilliant. Oh yes and I did enjoy the beer.

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  17. Shawn
    September 26, 2016 at 9:09 pm (2 years ago)

    We were just there last week, my brother & law and Father & law decided to go in for a beer and a meal. Between the three of us we had the pilsner, and the wheat ale. Amazing . For a meal we had the Goulash, ( fresh meat in gravy with the dumplings ) Food was excellent. Have a question. The main murals that you see on the ceilings, I have heard rumors That they were re-painted to cover over the Nazi Swastika after the War. Definitely an interesting tidbit to say the least.

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    • Marie-Eve
      October 6, 2016 at 12:17 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes the Hofbrauhaus is so much more than just a beer hall! So much history to it.

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  18. Alexx
    May 14, 2017 at 6:17 pm (1 year ago)

    Correction! Not Philadelphia- although one would expect that location with its proximity to Kutztown. It is actually located in Pittsburgh- where I am presently typing this!

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  19. Shannon Roberts
    January 12, 2018 at 2:59 pm (9 months ago)

    Was there two weeks ago, our first trip to Germany. I love history, so…I LOVED the place. Ate, drank a beer, and even bought me a stein to take home.

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    • Marie-Eve
      February 19, 2018 at 10:39 pm (7 months ago)

      Great souvenir :)

      Reply
  20. Greg Guyer
    February 5, 2018 at 4:04 pm (8 months ago)

    We were there in June. So much fun, really a cultural experience that is not to be missed if you are in Munich. I hate beer too, but ya know, YOLO, so, I had a radler and I loved it. There is something different about fresh German beer. The whole time I was there all I could think about was when I would get my next beer. Now, back in the states and I still hate beer here.

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    • Marie-Eve
      February 19, 2018 at 10:28 pm (7 months ago)

      It’s such an iconic place!

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  21. JulzGaye
    August 22, 2018 at 9:12 am (1 month ago)

    I went to the Hofbrauhaus for the history and the beautiful architecture. I enjoyed the band, had a very tasty beer and the best sauerkraut of my life. It was early afternoon and not crowded so I sat at the end of a table I had to myself. A bit later, a local sat at the other end, placed his order, eyeballed me and relocated to my end. He made every attempt to chat me up but his English was no better than my German. I did understand he wanted to keep in touch when he wrote down his email address and passed it to me. :)

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  22. joe benjamin
    September 6, 2018 at 8:21 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I was there in 1976 and was wearing my yarmulka.A young german male gave me the nazi salute,barmaids spilled water on me.

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