Built originally as a cellar for storing beer between 1892 and 1894, the Hofbräukeller on Wiener Platz has become one of the largest beer gardens in Munich. It is also surely one of the prettiest places to enjoy a bite to eat in the Bavarian capital.
Huge yet cosy: the Hofbräukeller beer garden on Wiener Platz
The beer garden offers space for around 1,400 guests, who sit on rustic wooden benches under shady chestnut trees. As is traditional in Bavaria, guests can also bring food from home and eat it in the beer garden. But the food from the kitchen here is also worth a try, and features a variety of traditional dishes such as grilled fish, sausage salad, roast chicken or fresh pastries. To wash it all down, guests can enjoy refreshing lemonades and soft drinks as well as the world-famous Hofbräu beer. Wiener Platz was also home to the Hofbräu brewery until 1988. The old stables for the brewery horses still stand to this day and are now used as additional seating space for guests. On cooler days, it's best to find a cosy spot indoors.Further information is available here.
For families, the Hofbräukeller offers special activities for children aged two to eight. The "Kinderland" allows up to 20 children to play and have fun under supervision. Please register your children to use this free service. You will receive a pager that will inform you when your children wish to be picked up. For older children, the Hofbräukeller offers a variety of toys, along with arts and craft materials, and a playground.
Relax on a hammock at Sandbar
The Sandbar is located at the centre of the beer garden. When the weather is sunny, this beach bar allows guests to relax between palm trees, sandy hills and parasols in comfortable deckchairs and cosy lounge corners with a signature cocktail or a glass of home-made lemonade.
Enjoy urban flair, a relaxed atmosphere and the beauty of nature on Wiener Platz
One of the things that makes the Hofbräukeller so special is its location on the picturesque Wiener Platz in the middle of Munich's Haidhausen district. This square is also home to the city's smallest regular market. With its village-like charm, the Wienermarkt invites visitors to stroll and browse the traditional market stalls until the early evening during the week, surrounded by historical buildings. The Isar river is also just a few minutes walk away. The walk takes visitors through the extensive Maximiliansanlagen park, which is connected directly to the Hofbräukeller and was created by King Maximilian II. The Maximilianeum, home to the Bavarian state parliament, is another impressive building that is worth a visit. The structure sits enthroned on a hill that offers a beautiful view over the old town, from the Maxmonument along the elegant Maximilianstrasse to the famous Frauenkirche.
Getting there: Take the train to Munich Ostbahnhof. From there, it is 17 minutes by foot to the Hofbräukeller on Wiener Platz. Leave the Ostbahnhof at the exit on Orleansplatz/Wörthstrasse. Walk down Wörthstrasse past Bordeauxplatz, until you reach Preysingstrasse Turn left here and then take the next the next right into Steinstrasse. Keep walking down Steinstrasse until you reach Wiener Platz. The Hofbräukeller is on the left-hand side.