The Best of Munich top ten continues.
#3. Eat, Drink and Dance at the Hofbräuhaus:
The Hofbräuhaus is Munich’s oldest beer hall (literally the brewery of the royals) and is still the best way to experience the best and worst of Munich, all under one roof.
While you are guaranteed to run into a hoard of screaming tourists half in the bag after downing one too many Weissbier, you will also experience the gemütlichkeit (coziness) of sharing benches with strangers and raising a glass to old friends, new friends and other things you can’t understand but are glad to cheers to anyway.
Beer drinkers can choose from Hofbräu original, dark beer, wheat beer, Radler (beer and lemonade), or Russ’n (wheat beer and lemonade).
If you’re hungry enough at the Hofbräuhaus, try a traditional dish like Weisswurst; white sausages stuffed with veal/pork, served with sweet mustard and generally eaten before 12:00pm. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, try Schweinshaxe, fried pork knuckle or a seasonal favourite among tourists and locals alike, Spargel, white asparagus drenched in hollandaise sauce, butter or served with speck. Most dishes come with Sauerkraut, Knudeln (dumplings), or Kartoffeln (potatoes).
Don’t expect a pretty little salad with veggies and calorie free dressing. I made the mistake of ordering salad during my first visit to Munich and all I got was the most confused look followed by a field of lettuce the size of my place mat. Never again.
Vegetarian? Don’t panic! If you’re starving but against the prospect of pig’s knuckle, enjoy a serving of Spätzle, the German equivalent to pasta. Spätzle is normally served with cheese or spices and can be integrated into just about anything.
Keep an eye out at the Hofbräuhaus for many a Lederhosen and Dirndl, traditional wear worn notably throughout Oktoberfest! These traditional costumes are seen daily in Munich as people often wear formal or casual forms of Lederhosen or Dirndls to every special occasion demanding an ounce of tradition.
When I lived in Munich, my husband and I would dress up in our costumes and head to the Hofbräuhaus, just for fun! While it's merrier to singalong if you're garbed in the traditional attire, you'll be welcomed either way and wrapped into singing songs you don't know while banging your fist on the table and stomping your feet to the rhytm of the Umpapa.
A night out at the Hofbräuhaus is a guaranteed good time. If you're not having fun, it's probably time to order your next beer!
A beer wench at the Hofbräuhaus ( or serving at the Oktoberfest) wears a wrist guard in order to protect against the strain of carrying what is, at times, more than 7 1litre beer steins at once! Wowza!
Travel tip shared by thefriendlygiraffe