Germany trip upcoming in June

Discussion in 'Germany' started by invertalon, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. ClarkstonMark

    ClarkstonMark Initiate (73) Feb 21, 2016 Michigan
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    not beer related, but there is a Birkenstock outlet and other shopping here ....
    https://www.wertheimvillage.com/en/shopping/
     
  2. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,436) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    I was there 20 years ago. Fun place.
     
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  3. BayernTrips

    BayernTrips Aspirant (214) Feb 24, 2017 Germany
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    In Munich, all the beer gardens and beer places will be open. Only the stores and maybe some museums will be closed. If you are out in the countryside, you may see smaller places go on a Betriebsferien (Vacation break for the whole operation) during Pentecost since the kids will be off from school.
     
  4. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Meyvn (1,485) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    @invertalon

    This is pretty late notice, but this is not something I had on my radar at all since it's not really something that interests me personally. However you might be interested to know that there's currently a small beer festival along the Rhine, just behind the Dom that focuses on both German and international beer. There's no entry fee, it's basically just a bunch of stalls and seating along the river. I only just noticed this today as I was passing by there on my bike earlier.

    It's not all that interesting, to be honest, mostly macro stuff, but since you're probably in the Altsstadt anyway and the weather is great, I thought I'd mention it. Might be worth a quick stroll if you're in the area.
     
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  5. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (171) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    +1 to this for a day trip. I grew up in Wiesbaden and will be there in a few weeks. Plenty of good food and drink options.
     
  6. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (750) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    I think we walked through a few times actually today already! We are having a blast hitting up all the various places for Kolsch!
     
  7. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Meyvn (1,485) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    Ah, great, I just thought it might not be too obvious since it's a little further away from the main Altstadt hub and behind the bridge. Andechs and Augustiner might be worth checking out, but then again you're headed to Bavaria afterwards anyway :wink:.
     
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  8. Bierman9

    Bierman9 Poo-Bah (4,525) Dec 20, 2001 New Hampshire
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    Hey... I have visited, though back in 2003... was a good experience, overall..

    Prosit!
     
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  9. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (750) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    So yesterday was our first full day here in Germany, spent in Cologne. Hopped place to place, enjoying the beautiful Kolsch offered here of course. Did not disappoint!! As far as a favorite so far, might give the edge to Paffgen perhaps. Just seemed to have the extra little complexity going on in there.

    Peters was most unique with a heavier Vienna malt character I think, nuttier note. Really enjoyed them all, though.

    Also stopped at Delerium and enjoyed a Rauchbier on draft. Cool spot!

    Our stops so far:
    Fruh
    Peters
    Gaffel
    Paffgen
    Gilden

    Can't wait to stop at more tonight after the park. Any must do Kolsch spots we should not miss? Or how about best food as well? Ate at Peters and Gaffel yesterday and both were fantastic. Love the white asparagus in season currently!
     
  10. Snowcrash000

    Snowcrash000 Meyvn (1,485) Oct 4, 2017 Germany
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    For food I would recommend Lommerzheim, their pork chops are especially famous and they serve Päffgen as well. It's quite a rustic, typically "kölsch" kind of place that is quite popular with locals and tourists alike. Usually gets rather packed later in the evening though.

    I would have recommended Braustelle even more, both for the food and beer, but unfortunately they are closed on Mondays. MIght be something to keep in mind for a return to Cologne though, if you don't mind venturing out a little further.

    Malzmühle is pretty much a must-visit that's right on the edge ofthe Altstadt and if you're finally sick of Kölsch afterwards, Craftbeer Corner Coeln, who currently have a bunch of Warpigs brews on tap, is just a 3-minute walk away :wink:.

    Reissdorf should also be worth a visit, it's a little further out as well, but really not much. I've never really been to the brewhouse, but Reissdorf always used to be my favorite Kölsch back when I still drank the stuff.

    If you'd prefer to stay around the Altstadt, there's also Sünner and Sion still around, although they are probably not the highest-rated places, they are probably still worth a visit if you're in the area anyway.
     
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  11. rodndtube

    rodndtube Devotee (430) Feb 24, 2007 Maryland
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    we do all our booking via DB especially when in Bavaria. Our go-to is the Bavaria Ticket, esp. as we are a group of 3 or 4. Good for virtually all transit in Bavaria after 9a, but excludes the high-speed intercity trains. Stop over in Nuremberg for a couple of nights and do a day trip to Bamberg (45-60 minutes by train). Then take a bus (using your Bayern Ticket) from Bamberg train station to within a few blocks of Klosterbräu and walk yourself pubbing back to the train station. Nuremberg also has some good brew pubs and wirst houses. 2nd class train ticket is fine, no seat reservations needed during non-rush hours.

     
  12. rodndtube

    rodndtube Devotee (430) Feb 24, 2007 Maryland
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    Great monastery beer, biergarten and beer halls inside. The indoor food halls are a series of ala carte specialty stands,,, pretzel one, sausage one, salad one and so on. The bier I call giddybier.
     
  13. rodndtube

    rodndtube Devotee (430) Feb 24, 2007 Maryland
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    Shame you won't have more time at Weihenstephaner. It really begs a few hours of drinking and eating, not to mention the first class brewing tour. For future reference, we have stayed at an inn with bus stop from the main station and a half mile walk to the brewery complex, quiet outside of town. A transfer at the Freising station to another bus to the Munich airport.
     
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  14. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (750) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    We are planning on a few hours! Tour hopefully as well.
     
  15. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (171) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    +1 to Malzmühle. You'll also want to eat there, excellent food.
     
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  16. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (750) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    Back in Frankfurt on the way south to Rust. Cologne was a blast, we loved it! Was able to stop in Dusseldorf today for a few hours and hit up a few Alt breweries. Dusseldorf was nice, but we preferred Cologne better for sure (as well as the Kolsch). A mix of atmosphere and the people overall made Cologne a bit more enjoyable.

    Next stop, beer wise, will be Munich!
     
  17. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (750) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    So we are headed for Bamberg now (with a stop at Weihenstephaner on the way) . Munich was just awesome! Both mornings we enjoyed weisswurst and Bier at Schneiderweiss. Hit up so many breweries I couldn't list them right now if I tried. Augustiner and Ayinger were highlights, various locations. Hofbräukeller was awesome. Enjoying the Helles out of the cask has been incredible. Just a really great time all around. Paulaner (the big, fancy location) was a top spot as well, really great food too. Went both days!

    I'll have a detailed report once back home, but so far this trip has been so incredible. Some good and bad points I'll share later about my thoughts on Germany beer and its culture as a whole from my perspective, but that comes later!

    Can't wait to get some Rauchbier in my veins!!
     
  18. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Disciple (343) Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    That will help you forget about the bad parts.
     
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  19. Dodger75

    Dodger75 Initiate (51) Feb 26, 2017 England

    I’m looking forward to the report.

    I’m heading over to Berchtesgaden tomorrow, will visit their Hofbrauhaus, the legendary Augustiner in Salzburg and finish my trip staying at the Erding Brewery hotel in Erding so I’m going to be sampling some good stuff I’m sure.
     
  20. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (750) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    Arrived here at around 5pm and blown away by the beauty of Bamberg. First up, Schlenkerla! Enjoyed a Krausen and Marzen before headed to Mahrs Bräu to try the U (was OK). Headed to Keesmann for their Herrin Pils (incredible..).
    Thennnn Spezial for their incredible Rauchbier lager which honestly puts up stiff competition for Schlenkerla! So good. Followed that up with a Keller Bier there before heading back to Schlenkerla for one last Marzen and dinner.

    Today, we head to Weyermann for a tour. Then of course, plenty more stops!
     
  21. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,592) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Herren Pils is still possibly my favorite beer of all time. If I only had a few hours in Bamberg I'd probably just do Keesmann and Klosterbrau, although the food at both places isn't as good as the stuff available elsewhere. Oddly, the food at Ambrausianum (where the beer is nothing special) is quite good, although it's a bit nontraditional.
     
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  22. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (750) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    @Domingo

    Any recommendations for best food here? I've noted Ambrausianum, but anything else you know of?
     
  23. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,592) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    As far as traditional German food goes, I like the food at Spezial and Schlenkerla the most of all of the brewery taverns. Schlenkerla has the best obatzda I've had anywhere. Faessla has huge schnitzel portions if you're especially hungry. There's a Hofbrau restaurant in the old town area with nice variety of local and Mediterranean-influenced dishes. If you catch them in white asparagus season, they have a ton of items that feature that, too. If you need a break from the local cuisine, Der Pelikan is a really good Thai restaurant that's roughly midway between Faessla and Kaiserdom. There's a good Spanish place right around the corner from from Klosterbrau.
     
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  24. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,436) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Kachelofen has been very good the last couple of times in Bamberg.

    Special Keller has decent food. Wilde Rose is a biergarten on the same hill, I remember good food the time we were there, and a wider Bier selection.
     
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  25. Dodger75

    Dodger75 Initiate (51) Feb 26, 2017 England

    Food at Spezial is special. Great place to eat.
     
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  26. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,592) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Never been to Kachelofen, but will put it on my radar as well.

    Am very curious about the Weyermann tour. Never done that (or visited Cafe Abseits) but am thinking about doing both in August. Going to finally visit Kaiserdom as well.
     
  27. Malt_Man

    Malt_Man Zealot (553) Jul 4, 2014 United Kingdom (England)

    Just to add to the mix, I've had great meals at Greifenklau, Faeslla and Klosterbrau too!
     
  28. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,413) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    It's a worthy visit. It is pretty typical of most any manufacturing tour to see machinery, etc. of the malting process (hot and humid), but you also get to see the in-house brewery as well as the warehouse across the street. At the end of the tour you will sample 5-6 of the in-house beers, which are all pretty good. If you are a homebrewer you'll want to get yourself some red overalls to help you feel authentic when brewing. :wink:
     
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  29. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,436) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    That was a joke, I'm sure.

    The Red overalls have some strings attached.
     
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  30. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,592) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    The Bierstadt team rocks the red overalls, so I know about those.
     
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  31. BayernTrips

    BayernTrips Aspirant (214) Feb 24, 2017 Germany
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    In Bamberg, I take all of my guests to Schlenkerla for the Bamber Onion and almost everyone leaves saying it was their most memorable meal. However, Mahrs is coming on strong with its cuisine. I have been there twice in the last few months with larger groups and the food and service has been spectacular!
     
  32. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (750) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    Weyermann tour was excellent! We had really enjoyed it. And the Bamberg onion from Schlenkerla was amazing, for sure!

    Currently sitting at Kundmuller outside of Bamberg to enjoy the Fat Head's collab (our home Brewery!). Crazy to finally drink some beer here with some West Coast hopping! It's really good.
     
  33. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,592) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Which brewery collaborated with Fat Heads? I'm guessing Mahr's?
     
  34. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (750) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    @Domingo

    Brauerei Kundmüller. They did both a Head Hunter and Hop JuJu collab. We just tried the Head Hunter one (along with the Rauch), it was great. It was a 20 minute drive out of Bamberg, nice drive. Nice place as well!
     
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  35. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,592) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Interesting. I doubt I'll make it there, but maybe I'll spot some at the Bierothek.
     
  36. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (750) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    Just got back home tonight... Supposed to arrive yesterday, but our flight was cancelled and postponed nearly 24hrs. Plane (787-10) didn't leave Newark due to maintenance issue and then crew rest restriction. So our plane never showed up.

    So we stuck around Frankfurt for the day, which was really... Um... Let's just say one day in Frankfurt was enough for a lifetime for us!

    Took a train to the main station downtown, walked around, checked out some sights... Found a Chipotle (woo!) in a shopping mall which was awesome... But yeah, complete 180 from all the other beautiful cities. No 'charm' and just dirty, felt a bit uneasy walking around honestly. Stopped at two top rated places we found for beer in FRA (can't recall the name right now), which were both OK. Frankfurt was just not a place we enjoyed (as limited as our experience may have been!). Especially when you just come from Bamberg...

    On the bright side, our replacement aircraft this morning (777-200) was practically empty... About 25 people out of the 260 seats or so, which was amazing. Got to sprawl out in the entire row, had the plane to ourselves practically. Most everyone else re-booked on other flights once our first flight was cancelled. Glad we stuck around, because that was an incredible flight!

    Funny thing is, if our original flight didn't get cancelled, we would have got into Newark right after their emergency landing Saturday which shut down the airport, so likely would have been diverted. So would have been a far worse fiasco, most likely. So it all worked out, just wish we were stuck in Munich or something instead!

    Again, big report coming soon this week with each city and general notes!
     
  37. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,413) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Glad that you made it back okay, and it sounds like from your various posts that it was a great trip. Looking forward to the write-up with pics when you get the time.
     
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  38. ClarkstonMark

    ClarkstonMark Initiate (73) Feb 21, 2016 Michigan
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    Can't be sure w/o all the details, but you could be due EU261 compensation of 600 euro per person for the delayed flight.
     
  39. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (750) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    I read about that, but not sure how to go about looking into this further. When I called United about our cancellation and the fact we needed to get a hotel for another night and stuff like that, they gave us United vouchers for like $200-300 or something (waiting to receive the official amount). Plus another separate voucher for $200 for the flight cancellation. So in total, about $400-500 in compensation in the form of United credit, vs. cash.
     
  40. invertalon

    invertalon Crusader (750) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio
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    @ClarkstonMark

    I contacted United about it, so we will see! Thanks for the heads up again about that.

    Our flight was cancelled due to a maintenance check in EWR, which then got cancelled due to crew rest reasons. So it sounds like it would be eligible, from what I have read.