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Hofbrauhaus: Munich’s Most Famous Beer Hall has a Dark Past

Our trip has been pretty packed with WWII sites. We’ve been to Auschwitz, The Krakow Ghetto, and Schindler’s Factory. It’s been emotionally heavy and I think Nick is ready for some lighter activities. So on our first day in Munich I took him to Hofbrauhaus, one of the most famous beer halls in the world.

And also the site where Hilter gave his first speech to the Nazi party…

Hofbrauhaus Munich

Hofbrauhaus’ during WWII: Hilter and the Nazi Party

In February 1920, Hitler and the National Socialists held their first meeting ever at Hofbrauhaus where he presented the Nazi Party Twenty Five Point Program in the Festival Room. This beer hall is also where Hiltler publicly denounced the Jews and gave his infamous “Why We Are Antisemites” speech. In fact, Hofbrauhaus played a such central role in Hilter’s rise to power that they would celebrate the founding of the Nazi party here every year on it’s anniversary.

Hofbrauhaus Interior

When you enter the beer hall, you’d never suspect it has such a dark past. Tourists happily sip their beers under ceiling swastikas that have been carefully painted and disguised as Bavarian flags.

Hofbrauhaus, Hitler and the Nazi Party

While everyone is downstairs drinking and eating, the upstairs Festival Hall remains eerily empty. I’m not sure how many tourists actually visit Hofbrauhaus for it’s history, but I’m certain a lot of them miss this room. There are no signs telling you where to go. You’ll find it past the bathrooms and up the stairs on the third floor.

Hofbrauhaus Today

Hofbrauhaus Beer

Today, Hofbrauhaus is the largest and most crowded beer hall in Munich. While the majority of customers are tourists, we did see some locals as well. Make sure to check out the stein lockers! Regulars have the option to lock up their steins for safe keeping.

Hofbrauhaus Munich

Hofbrauhaus gets a bad rap because of it’s popularity and infestation of tourists. Many will tell you to skip it but I recommend at least making a quick stop to look around. It plays a huge role in Munich’s history and beer culture, and it’s definitely worth checking out.

How to Get to Hofbrauhaus

Open everyday from 9am-11:30pm

Platzl 9, 80331 München, Germany

Public Transportation:  

U-bahn and S-bahn Stop:  Marienplatz

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