Augustiner Bräu Kloster Mülln
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
Visited on the afternoon of 01/10/2010.
We made the 2.5 hour journey from Munich to Salzburg for a break from Oktoberfest to experience one the most renowned Bierhalles in Europe.
We got the train about 12 and that got us there about 14.30, just enough time to stroll from the Hauptbahnhof ready for the 15.00 opening. This was exciting itself! A small crowd gathering outside the large solid wood door waiting to be opened. Going downstairs to the bierhalle, as the bells ring at 3 oclock was very exciting indeed! A queue forms quickly at the cashiers counter as you pay for your mass and your are given a token. You then go and pick out a steinkrug and wash it out yourself in the font. Then you go to the dispensing area, where you hand over your token and your krug gets filled up! These krugs certainly keep the beer cool and its in fantastic condition from the wood albeit defintely not the best Marzen in the world. Who cares if there is only one beer!
Then its time to find a seat! Room upon room with dark wood tables, chairs, and panelled walls. Lots of tables are reserved for regulars at specific times but these are depicted by signs on the walls above the tables. We did notice there was some waiter service but this seemed to be for larger groups and prob at a price, but getting your own is part of the fun!
Outside there is a huge biergarten with many chestnut trees, reminds of the Augustiner Keller in Munich. We didnt sit outside as it was a bit chilly but this would be the perfect spot in the summer.
Atmosphere is fantastic, the tables fill up quickly so plenty folks come to sit beside you, so its a great place to meet both locals and other like minded people.
The gallery outside the bierhalle, is a long corridor of food outlets ranging from bakeries, cheese to roasted chickens and leberwurst. The Marzen certainly makes you thirsty and i can thoroughly recommend the roasted chicken! Maybe the best i have had!
Overall the tradition of getting your own beer, the family orientated atmosphere along with the food and beer made this a wonderful experience in a wonderful setting. Yes, probably the best bierhalle i have ever been to! 3 of the best hours of my life!
10-24-2010 20:47:17 | More by seanyfo
4.72/5 rDev +18%
This place is absolutely great. There is nothing I can really add. Except that when they say they close at 11, they really mean 11. At 11, all of the lights are turned off except for the exit signs. And you have to make your way in the dark to the exit.
I have heard from numerous sources that this place is sometimes considered to be the best beer garden in the world. I can't really argue with them.
The beer is as good as the atmosphere. It's a great place to meet people from all over the world who are also in a great mood. I was there 5 years ago and still think about it at least once a week.
Finally, you can bring in your own food. They have food for sale, but it is perfectly acceptable to go to a supermarket and buy some food and carry it in with you.
01-31-2010 22:05:37 | More by MikeGaz79
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
Very cool place, a unique experience.
Beer Hall right next to the monastery. Lots of food venders in the hallway surrounding the Great Hall. Perfectly sessionable Marzen would be the best description for the only beer poured from two giant wooden kegs. Rinse your mug at the water fountain where you order before refilling.
Atmosphere is great. Full of Austrians of all sorts, some lederhosen, simply classic. Beer served by the liter (or half liter, but why bother), Austrians singing songs and toasts, Perfect place for a good old fashioned session of drinking. My friends and I decided to create a drinking game involving the use of Augustiner coasters and foreheads, drew quite a few looks from the locals. It is a smokey indoor environment, but I smoke so it did not bother me much.
Overall a great place to check out if you get the opportunity.
07-24-2009 15:14:37 | More by Slynger
4.72/5 rDev +18%
Beer advocate heaven on earth. Not alot of beer selection but you can;t expect that when you go to a place like this. It overlooks one of the most beautiful sities in the world on top of a hill next to a monastery. The only had the helles lager when I was there in the spring and that was perfect but the atmosphere is to die for. Highly suggets taking the hike up the hill to the castle and walking across the hill to get to the monastery to work up a good sweat for the beer. It's an abolute must see whther your travel freind likes beer or not.
04-26-2009 00:31:40 | More by CampusCrew
3.35/5 rDev -16.3%
Of all the places I've been in Europe, Salzburg is certainly a contender for my favourite spot. It's a beautiful city with beautiful people and, to top it all off, one of the most enjoyable beerhalls/gardens I have ever been to.
Finding the monastery is slightly tricky, it doesn't advertise that much. You certainly don't know what you're getting into when you approach the non-descript entrance on a side street a good walk from the main tourist area.
You walk in, confronted with religious statues and abbey decor and start to think this will be a pretty dour old place. Then you step into the "foodcourt" and all your worries are washed away. Stall after stall of every foodstuff you could possibly ever want with beer. Barbeque, cured meats, cheese, sweets, bread... anything and everything (and friendly staff to boot). Off the food court there is a great hall, but it is largely empty in the summer. Nonetheless, both times we were there a group of youngish Austrian men were sitting in a corner singing folks songs.
Down a short flight of stairs you are pointed towards the biergarten. Under the stairs leading outside is the "bar". Everyone else has already explained the process, so I'll just echo their thoughts, good fun. Only the one beer, which is disappointing, but you can't possibly stay upset at this place, and the beer is a very sessionable marzen. A great mix of locals and tourists. If this was in my city I'd be there everyday (indeed we went there all three nights we were in Salzburg).
While we were there they were also having some sort of fraternity ceremony in one of their halls. University students were filling up their steins dressed in blue and black livery with swords at their sides, feathered hats and lit torches, wonderfully atmospheric.
Go there. Now.
05-17-2008 03:02:55 | More by CanuckRover
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
This is a wonderful beer garden with a ton of character. The beer and food is served by the monks, who were all very pleasant. I had a few liters of standard lager and half a roasted chicken and was an extremely happy camper at the end of the day.
The great thing about this beer garden is that there are so many places to explore on the monastery grounds. You can climb up some stairs up to a high hill where you can see all of Salzburg. Another unique feature is that when you go to refill your mug, you have to wash the glass yourself. There is something special about being at real functioning monastery.
04-24-2008 18:24:24 | More by kbm
Augustiner Bräu Kloster Mülln in Salzburg, Austria
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