One of Munich’s most traditional Wirtshauses (traditional Taverns), the “Donisl” at the Marienplatz has reopened after almost 3 years of renovation. One of the city’s best known gastronomy families, the Wildmosers, had to close the establishment on December 31, 2012 and the building, which was heavily hit by a bomb at the end of WW II in 1945, had to be thoroughly reconstructed. The closing drew a lot of attention back then. The Wildmosers are still running a tent at the Oktoberfest, and offspring Heinz still runs the “Cafe am Marienplatz”.
The official opening of the renovated “Donisl” will be celebrated on Monday, December 7, but if you happen to be in Munich during this week, you can already treat yourself to traditional Bavarian meals and a Pschorr on the first floor, which is open since last week. The opening date is also a tradition in itself. The Wirtshaus opened on the same date in 1954, when it was rebuilt after the bombing.
The “Donisl” has its name from innkeeper Dionysius Haertl, who kept the tavern from 1760, but the tavern at the location first opened in the beginning of the 18th century. Under the new “Donisl”-keeper, Karlheinz Reindl, the tavern will uphold Munich’s beer culture and offer solid Bavarian cuisine with an urban and contemporary touch. In the summer there will be a large terrace, one more reason to visit.