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Visit the World Temple of Beer: Hofbräuhaus

By  Wednesday, 11.11.2015, 11:24    Tourist Sites

Munich is the world capital of beer, and there is only one place to head if you are looking to experience the heart of beer culture in the city - the Hofbräuhaus. With 30,000 visitors a day on average, and more than 20km of sausages served each year, Hofbräuhaus is a very touristy destination, but not one which attracts just tourists. Many locals have their 'Stammtisch' (regular table) here, and indeed some 550 have their own key - not to the entrance to the building, but to the storage facility which guards their own personal beer mugs. A nice introduction to the Hofbräuhaus phenonmenon in the video below.

Originally founded in 1589 by Wilhem V, Duke of Bavaria, the Hofbräuhaus was the brewery to the old Royal Residence and remains one of the oldest breweries in Munich today. Its international appeal and popularity as a tourist destination dates back to the end of the Second World War, as Allied troops returned home with their HB tankards, and the brand has enjoyed considerable success expanding all over the globe, after the first satellite Hofbräuhaus was opend in Genoa.

Beer is of course at the heart of the whole experience, and tourists marvel at the sheer strength of the waitresses who carry an improbable number of litre glasses of beer in their hands, efficiently serving the 3,000 throng. The menu is simple, traditional and hearty, the live music classic Bavarian. A tourist trap? Of course, but not one you can afford to miss on your visit to the city. 

While beer and enjoyment today are the essence of this fabulous insititution, it has various historical connections with Munich's colourful past, not least as a favourite place for Adolf Hitler, and the former German leader used the building for public addresses, as you can see in the video below.

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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