Beer in Germany

You can say "auf wiedersehen" to boring beer when visiting Europe's biggest brewer. The Germans have one of the world's highest per-capita consumption rates of beer in the world and are renowned for their friendly and sociable drinking culture – so anything but the best simply wouldn’t do.

Hop on one of our overnight car ferries to Amsterdam and you can wake up fresh and ready to drive yourself across the border to this beer lover’s paradise. Alternatively travel via France and arrive the same day.

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Breweries

Breweries

Germany's long brewing tradition means that it is home to some of the oldest bars and breweries in the world.

Just north of the beer mad city of Munich, the Weihenstephan Brewery lays claim to the title of the world's oldest brewery. Established in 1040 by Benedictine monks, the brewery is still open to visitors to this day, so why not to pay them a visit and sample some of their high-quality wheat beers.

If you want to remain in Bavaria - the German spiritual home of beer and brewing – you won’t be short of breweries to visit. Spend a day touring the Hofbräuhaus, Germany’s most famous brewery, take in the sights and sample world-class beers at the Andechs Monastery located on the Holy Mountain above Lake Ammersee, or experience a mix of German tradition and technological brewing techniques at the Erdinger Brewery in the heart of Munich. You really are spoilt for choice!

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Beer Halls

Beer halls

When most people think of beer in Germany, they think of beer halls. 

These impressive buildings, with their long benches, oompah bands, pretzels, wursts and traditionally dressed staff are most commonly found in Bavaria. 

So for a taste of the true German drinking culture, head to Munich and enjoy a noisy, fun and exciting experience.

Perfect for tourists and locals alike, try out the Augustiner Keller, the Waldwirtschaft and the Hofbrauhaus.​

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Pubs

Pubs

In contrast to the grand spaces and expansive beer gardens of Munich, the pubs found in cities like Berlin tend to be smaller, more intimate venues, but no less exciting for beer lovers.

Join the locals at Zum Nussbaum in the capital, a bar which claims to be one of Berlin’s oldest. 

Or visit the family-friendly Alt-Berliner Wirtshaus, with its excellent food and laid-back ambience. In Dortmund, check out the Brauhaus Wenkers, and in Cologne pay a visit to the Früh am Dom.

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Festivals

Festivals

Each year, Germany plays host to the world-renowned Oktoberfest in the Bavarian beer capital of Munich, attended by millions of stein-swigging punters from far and wide.

The Hanover event is the second largest Oktoberfest in Germany, with official 'Oktoberfestbier' brewed traditionally with a notoriously strong alcohol content.

If you fancied a slightly more off-the-beaten-track festival experience, why not head to one of the stops of the travelling Bierbörse festival, where you'll have your pick of over 500 tipples in city centre venues such as Cologne​, Bonn, and Düsseldorf.

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