The Top 5 German Beer Destinations

Germany is a richly cultured and vastly important European country. Whether you’re visiting Germany for its fascinating architecture, broad range of historical influences, or even its business-friendly Dusseldorf trade show hotels, there’s one key factor that you’re likely to encounter in all of these settings: beer. The Germans pride themselves on their fine brews, and so here is a quick rundown of the top destinations to go, in order to enjoy that classic German flavour.

1. Munich

Home of Oktoberfest, Munich is undoubtedly the country’s beer capital. With no less than six major breweries located in the city, you’ll find a great range of flavours on offer here – including Spätenbräu and Löwenbräu. The festival takes place in the last three weeks of September, and is a celebration not only of German beer, but of traditional German cuisine and culture as well.

2. Stuttgart

Each spring, Stuttgart hosts the fantastic Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest: a celebration of the coming summer months, and a great place to try some lighter flavours. You can expect wheat beers, crisp pilsners, and rich continental lagers… not to mention massive beer tents, fireworks, oompah bands and a funfair!

3. Erlangen

This is a smaller town, which boasts a truly historic beer festival – dating back as far as 250 years. The Bergkirchweih Erlanger lasts for 12 days, and is held each year during the period surrounding Pentecost. Explore the town pub by pub, as you try out a range of speciality brews and traditional cuisine.

4. Berlin

The German capital is, as you may expect, one of the best places to come for traditional German beers. Boasting an annual beer festival each August, Berlin offers visitors a vast array of different venues – including street stalls and other outdoor festivities during the festival season. Perhaps the highlight of any visit to Berlin will be enjoying a drink in the largest beer garden in the world – measuring a total length in excess of a mile!

5. Dusseldorf

Located in the west of Germany, Dusseldorf offers its own unique take on beer, with the celebrated ‘Altbier’. Check in to any Dusseldorf trade fair hotel and head out to find the bars of the Old Town. Here you’ll be able to try this popular pint, a still brew featuring a bitter flavour, similar to English real ales.


December 8, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Destinations

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