The most famous beer hall in Germany and one of the world's great living monuments to beer drinking, is also Munich’s most popular visitor attraction. Founded in 1589 by Duke Wilhelm V, the brewery moved to its present site in 1828 and now reinforces every cliché built around German beer halls. Seating 2,000 inside and 700 outside under the chestnut trees in the garden, the Hofbraühaus has long trestle tables, domed wooden ceilings frescoed with merry patterns and flowers, wooden floors, pretty waitresses dressed in dirndls and – yes – waiters in leather lederhosen. The ompah bands play merrily all day and by the end of the evening the dance floor is crowded and although the noise levels ratchet up to almost unbearable, it is never less than good humored. If you are after more than beer, the second-story food hall offers a great menu stuffed full of German specialities – Spaetzle noodles, pike with white cabbage, Bavarian meat loaf – and local residents often come here to eat. The apex of the year is the Oktoberfest, which sees beer fans from all over the world crowd in to sup Hofbraü from great glass or ceramic steins, all embossed with that familiar “HB” logo.