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The Hofbräuhaus is sometimes mentioned as a “beer garden” in editorial reviews about Munich, published by various media. Such features are however incorrect. While Hofbräuhaus is Germany's best known beer hall, there is no traditional beer garden in this location at Platzl 9, close to Marienplatz. Only a Wirtsgarten which is serviced by the same kitchen exists in the central courtyard of the famous Hofbräuhaus.

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The Hofbräuhaus have had many famous as well as infamous regulars, including Mozart who reputedly composed the Idomeneo opera after several visits to the beer hall, Lenin who lived around the block before World War I and became a regular Hofbräuhaus visitor, and Adolf Hitler, although he did not drink, eat red meat or smoke, made it his preferred venue for tirades against the Jews in Germany.

Those searching for a traditional Bavarian beer garden including the famous Munich Hofbräu lager are advised to visit the Hofbräukeller at Wiener Platz in the Haidhausen district of Munich (pictured below). Crossing the Isar river on the Maximillianbrücke, the Hofbräukeller can be found in just less than 2km of the Hofbräuhaus.

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In addition to the Hofbräukeller, other beer gardens in and around Munich which also serve the famous original Hofbräu lager include: