Hofbrauhaus in Munich

Do you like brats and beer? Do you like a loud atmosphere and lots of people? If so, you will love Hofbrauhaus in Munich. This beer hall has a very rich history. The Hofbrauhaus began operation in 1592 and was founded by Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria. The menu consists of typical German fare. The Hofbrauhaus is a fixture at Oktoberfest. You can hear the singing down the street as you walk towards the beer hall. Don’t be alarmed if someone asks to sit with you at your table. The tables are long and hold many! Just make sure that when you get a table, you don’t sit at one marked for the regular patrons. You will know that the table is reserved when you see them marked “Reserviert” or “Stammtisch.” When it gets busy, you might find yourself making new friends! During the day, the Hofbrauhaus is a great place to take the kids if they like pretzels!

The Glockenspiel

When I came to Europe the first time as a teenager, I wanted to see the gigantic Cuckoo Clock in Rothenburg. It is extremely touristy, but I didn’t care. Fifteen or so years later, I couldn’t wait to see the Glockenspiel in the heart of Munich! Also extremely touristy, the clock goes off at 11am and 12pm (as well as 5pm during the summertime).

We arrived in the Marienplatz just in time to hear the bells. As we came out of the S-bahn, the clock had just started the show. It is kind of hard to miss because there are probably a hundred other tourists looking up! Follow their direction, and you see the beautiful clock. The top part of the clock is a knight’s tournament in which the Bavarian knight wins. The lower part of the clock signifies a dance that was done in the street to announce that it was safe to come after the plague.