Hofbrauhaus (Platzl 9, Munich) – this famed beer hall, located in the center of Munich, was originally built in 1598 by Bavarian Duke Maximilian I (who made beer available to the masses, unlike the times before him, where it was only sold to the well-off). Hofbrauhaus includes an inn, a ballroom, and a beer garden. With most of its structure destroyed after World War II bombings, it was rebuilt by 1958. World War II buffs will note that Adolf Hitler once conducted rallies here to launch his infamous political career and rise to power back in the 1930s.
Hofbrauhaus had its share of famous visitors – from Mozart to Vladimir Lenin, musician Louis Armstrong, and American presidents John F. Kennedy and George Bush Sr. Avid beer drinkers today note that Hofbrauhaus beer is sold not only in Germany but overseas (its “HB” logo readily recognized by beer lovers everywhere). See its website for more details on its history: www.hofbraeuhaus.de