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 withSauerkraut, 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.
Read more about what to order and more importantly, what to wear at this legendary beer hall via my newest blog, featured on Travel Dudes!
Now that we’ve taken a tour of Schloss Nymphenburg, toured the concentration camp at Dachau and let our imaginations run wild in the fairy-tale land of Neuschwanstein, it’s time to head back into the centre of Munich and get acquainted with some of the best things to see without stepping a foot outside the city. Here we go!
Odeonsplatz is a neat stopover during a walk in and around the Marienplatz. I say stopover because it demands more observation than interaction.
A large pedestrian square, flanked by the Theatine Church (built in Italian-Baroque style) on one side and the Munich Residenz on the other, the Felderrnhalle, provides a sort of entrance to the inner city.
In fact, Odeonsplatz today marks the spot where the Schwabinger Tor once stood, the entrance to the old city from what was the village of Schwabing. Years later, Odeonsplatz would make history once again during the Hitlerputsch in 1923. Read more about Odeonsplatz (and the importance of befriending a lion) via my newest blog featured on Travel Dudes!
#8. Enter into the fairy-tale land of Neuschwanstein:
Alright ladies and gents, following last post on Dachau, let’s skip right into the fairy tale world of Ludwig II.
First of all, you should know that Ludwig II was more than a little off his rocker (referred to at times as “the mad king” or “the swan king”, because of his incredible love for the feathery beast), but in his defense, he built really, really, really nice castles.
Neuschwanstein was the most extravagant product of his vivid imagination, known to most tourists as the Cinderella Castle, and the inspiration behind the classic Disney film. Learn more about Neuschwanstein via my newest blog, featured on Travel Dudes!