Second Stop: Lunch Break at the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus
The Staatliches Hofbräuhaus or “Royal Brewery” was founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria. It is one of the oldest beer halls in Munich. Today it is one of the most popular attractions in Munich. We’re stopping here for some lunch consisting of Scweinshaxe “roasted pork knuckle” and a few liters of historic Hofbrauhaus beer. This beer is so good that when King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden invaded during the Thirty Years’ War in 1632, he threatened to sack and burn the entire city of Munich. He only left after being paid off with some hostages and 600,000 barrels of Hofbräuhaus beer!
The Hofbrauhaus is almost guaranteed to be packed at lunch time during any day of the year. Just remember, the whole point is to enjoy yourself and have a good time. Be patient as you make your way around the hall looking for a seat. Do not be afraid to ask other patrons if there is space at the table. You will be surprised how friendly people are. After all, a liter of beer and constant volksmusik will turn any scrooge into a jovial character! On a side note, your server may seem rushed and a bit unfriendly, this is simply due to trying to serve a rowdy beer hall of more than 1000 people. They will be grateful for your patience and a decent tip when you leave!
Now that we have a little food (and a lot of beer) in our bellies let’s move on to stop number three! It is just around the corner, literally! Click on page three to get there!