Beer is a major part of German culture and there’s no better place to experience it firsthand than in one of these five cities.
More than seven million litres beer is served during Oktoberfest
Thanks to its annual Oktoberfest celebrations, the city of Munich has become one of the country’s top beer towns. During the 16- to 18-day festival, over seven million litres of locally-brewed beer is served to visitors from around the world. But Munich’s appeal as a beer town doesn’t end when the festival comes to a close. The city is home to numerous of beer halls and gardens including the famous Hofbräuhaus am Platzl and the Chinesischer Turm in the Englischer Garten.
Hotel Isarblu is just 400 metres from at the Theresienwiese, the open-air venue of Oktoberfest. Guests have access to an on-site bar as well as a rooftop terrace where they can get a bird’s-eye view of the festivities.
Craft breweries are bringing new twists to classic beers
Dating back to the 16th century, the Berliner Weisse is a cloudy, sour beer. In its prime, you could find more than 50 producers within the city limits of Berlin but today there is only one: Berliner Kindl Weisse. What makes the Berliner Weisse different from many other beers is that it’s often flavoured with syrups or mixed with other beers to balance the sourness. While the number of brewers of this classic beer has tapered, the market has been filled with a huge number of craft breweries, bringing new twists to classic beers.
Hotel Oderberger is a two-minute walk from the Prater Biergarten Berlin. A seasonal self-serve beer garden focusing on locally brewed beers.
Altbier can be sampled at one of the city’s breweries
Altbier, German for ‘old beer’ is the type of beer brewed only around the city of Düsseldorf. The name comes from the way the beer is brewed, using the much older method of top-fermentation. Beers that are made using this top-fermentation process see the yeast rise to the surface during fermentation, giving the flavour a slight fruitiness. The best way to sample the city’s Altbier is by hopping between the city’s eight breweries, many of which are conveniently-located around the Altstadt (old town). If you happen to find yourself in Düsseldorf during the holiday season, each brewery produces a seasonal ‘Sticke’ variant of their Altbier.
Perfectly-situated between the Rhine promenade and the lively Old Town district, Derag Livinghotel De Medici is walking distance from the city’s top Altbier breweries.
Cologne is the only place you can try authentic Kölsch
Kölsch is another old-style beer that can be found only in the city of Cologne. Brewed since 1906, Kölsch is a top-fermented beer similar to a Pilsner. Kölsch has been awarded a geographical indication status meaning that it possess qualities or a reputation that are a result to where it was created. Due to this, it is only allowed to be brewed in this region, so make sure to spend some time at one of the 13 Brauhäuser (breweries) in and around Cologne. Here, you can enjoy the unique experience of being served by a Köbes, the name for the waiter who serves the Altbier.
The Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom is steps away from the towering Kölner Dom and a number of the city’s best breweries.
Nuremberg’s beer history goes as far back as 1303
Nuremberg’s history as a beer town dates as far back as 1303 when the city passed a Reinheitsgebot (beer purity requirement) requiring that only barley malt may be used in brewing beer. With the passing of this law, the city grew and developed around the brewing industry. See the centuries-old, rock-cut beer cellars that citizens used for beer storage and, amazingly, protection during WWII that are still used in use today.
Dürer-Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from the Historische Felsengänge Nürnberg where guided tours of the famous underground cellars start.