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Grab your beer stein and head to Germany for some amazing German beer!
Best Beer Halls in Germany
The Germans are known for their beer. Many consider German beer to be the best in the world, and Germany has over 1,200 breweries and Oktoberfest to prove those people right! The Germans must follow specific brewing guidelines governed by the Provisional German Beer Law. Yep! There’s a law on what you can and cannot use in German beer. They really take their brewing seriously, which is probably why many travelers flock to Germany each year to do nothing more than drink beer!
- The Hofbräuhaus – Located in Munich, this lavish beer hall holds the distinction of being the world’s most celebrated beer hall. The German beer here is served in gigantic steins; you’d probably better take it slow and stop after a few! The Hofbräuhaus also has a little fun with the tradition of beer and pretzels by selling pretzel-shaped postcards. This rowdy beer hall packs in up to 4,500 patrons a night and entertains them with live music.
- Augustiner Bräustuben – Also located in Munich, Augustiner Bräustuben offers a more subdued German beer hall experience than its Hofbräuhaus counterpart. Augustiner Bräustuben is an authentic beer tavern that you will find at the Augustiner brewery. Augustiner Bräustuben offers its patrons a unique Bavarian beer-drinking ambience, as it is in what used to be horse stalls. The only thing you’ll smell is this beer hall, however, is beer and great food!
- Löwenbräukeller – This Munich beer hall holds the distinction of being the place where the city’s mayor kicks off Oktoberfest every year – well actually, the mayor kicks it off in the beer tent it sets up and sponsors every year called the Schottenhamel. The Schottenhamel was the first beer tent set up for Oktoberfest way back in 1867. This beer hall also holds the distinction of being the first beer hall to serve beer on tables with tablecloths and napkins. No wooden tables and benches here!
- Auerbachs Keller – Located in the eastern city of Leipzig, Auerbachs Keller has a history that dates back to the 16th century. The tavern itself was built sometime around 1530 and it has a storied history told by murals depicting the legendary fictional debate between Faust and Mephistopheles. Why does a beer tavern have these murals? Because the tavern is where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe premiered his two-part Faust literary tragedy.
- Ratskeller – If you’ve already overdosed on too much German beer and are looking for a little wine – to go along with more great German beer – check out Ratskeller in Bremen. Ratskeller not only serves some of the finest beer Germany has to offer, it also fills you up with authentic German and international food. It also features a wide variety of German wines, proving that the Germans are well equipped to make more than just fantastic brews!
- Zum Roten Ochsen – Are you drunk yet? If not, head on over to Heidelberg and visit “The Red Ox.” This beer hall has served up brewskis to some rather famous patrons, including Mark Twain and Otto von Bismarck – he was the Chancellor of Germany from 1871 to 1890, and yes, they named that unsinkable World War II battleship after him. The Zum Roten Ochsen has also been a popular college hangout since 1703 and what’s more chaotic than beer and college students?
Okay, I need to sleep off some of this beer! You, however, need to book your trip to Germany and enjoy these and many other famous beer halls, taverns, and breweries. While you’re there, I’m quite certain you’ll discover why the Germans are famous for their beer. You’ll also discover a breathtakingly beautiful country filled with friendly people, great food, and fantastisches Bier… that’s German for “fantastic beer”!