Our History

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The old and the new Klinglwirt.

Over a century ago Jakob Kirmair bought an estate in Weidach, a small village in the municipality of Baiern in Glonn. Jakob Kirmair was a miller and butcher. On the estate there were some meadows, a small wood, stable for cows and chickens, a small butcher’s shop. There was also an Inn, with a parlour and large banqueting hall, it was here in 1905 that Jakob Kirmair, along with his wife Anna opened Klinglwirt.

The inn served drinks and food, for example Wollwürschte with mashed potatoes, roasted pork with sauerkraut, dumplings, aspic and Auszogne to Nachspeis. Once a week a coach pulled by two horses would deliver the beers supplied by the brewery.

There was no such thing as a fixed menu, it was just what was seasonal and available that was cooked, five or six different dishes each day.

Every year for Waldfest ( Wald festival ) the Boys club built a bowling alley made from wood over a ditch next to the house. Whilst the men played the children set up the skittles for them. In the village if you had something to celebrate or if it was a special festival everyone would be found at the Klinglwirt: births, marriages, confirmations. Old men formed at the tavern the traditional Trachtenvereine, the Rock ‘n Roll bands and dance groups rehearsed in rooms above the hall. Trachtler practiced the Plattln ( slapping of the knees & thighs clad in leather shorts !! ). In the parlors Sheepshead ( a card game ) was played.

 

During the Second World War the books from the Bavarian State Library were brought to Klinglwirt to be kept safe from the bombs. In the hall books were restored, the restorers worked away in the taproom.

The founder of the original Klinglwirt, is the great-grandfather of the owner of today’s Klinglwirt. He was the life & soul of the place, a humorous man, a great friend and very popular with everyone in the town. His youngest daughter, Babette, took over the running of the establishment in 1946,  together with her husband Jacob. When Jacob died in 1967, Babette continued running the Klinglwirt with her three children.

Ten years later, the eldest daughter Anna took over the inn and as with the past generations her children Sonja and Werner grew up in that environment. They learnt the importance of keeping the freezer stocked with ice, always providing fresh bread rolls etc.. They would sneak into the  hall of an evening and watch the theatre people rehearsing. They would spend time with their grandmother watching her cook vanilla sauce for the steamed dumplings in huge black cauldron, and admire their mother smoothly running the business. From time to time the the children were introduced to the Inn’s regulars.  Sonja, as all children are was very honest and would often loudly proclaim “My Mother said you should all go home now.”

When Sonja was 10 years old, Anna decided to spend more time with her children,so handed over the business to her older brother Jakob. In 1987 he reluctantly gave up the Klinglwirt much to the regret of the local community. But a quarter of a century later, Sonja Obermeier decided to open up the Klinglwirt again, in Haidhausen in Munich. She wanted to revive the old traditions that made the Klinglwirt so special.

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