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Old 12-16-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Trip to Germany

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My Dad is interested in visiting Germany. His Grandparents immigrated from their, and he has become friendly with a distant cousin in Germany. He knows my interest in beer, so he has proposed a trip to Germany during Octoberfest.

If you spent 10-14 days in Germany, what beer related sites would you make sure to visit? Anybody been to Octoberfest? Advice?

I think a side trip to Belgium might be a good idea as well.

Thanks.

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Old 12-16-2013, 05:58 PM   #2
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Bamberg and Franconia. Düsseldorf.

I can't comment on Oktoberfest.

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Old 12-17-2013, 12:25 AM   #3
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If you are going to Octoberfest then you will be in Bavaria so you should sample as many of the local Weitzens as you can! While in Munich check out the Hoffbrauhaus.

Octoberfest is OK I guess, but you have to fight for a seat and there are a lot of drunk and feisty people around. I have been to Germany many times for business and I always had the most fun hanging out in the Biergartens if the weather permits or finding a small pub to hang out in. There are a ton of small local breweries in Germany so every town seems to have something different to try.

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Spartan is on point, Bamberg is a must. 9xbreweries w/in the city limits alone.

I would also suggest Nurmberg, Reggensburg, Rottenburg, Salzburg
and if you've got time, you're three hours-ish from there to Prague.

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I always wanted to see the city in upper bavaria pop's side is from. Not to mention,take my tuner with us & do a few hot laps around the nurburgring. Last I saw,it was like 10 marks per lap though. The 1st race I ever watched with "real race cars" was the German grand prix where Fangio won in '57.
Good beer,good food & some hot laps would be fun I think.

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Cologne for kolsch is a must do too. Be sure to get a rail pass so you can cover lots of ground in a short amount of time. Pick 2 or 3 places to get a hotel near the train station. We would be up at 7, walk to the bakery for coffee and pastries. Then off to ride the train. From Hamburg, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Bremen are easy trips. etc Each town has pretty good public transportation making drinking and getting around safe. And most of the cool stuff is near the main train station in each city.

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Depending on what you like to do, you can ride a bike out into the country from Bamberg and hit some small local breweries We recently did this and hit 4 breweries during a 12 mile ride. Out Nürnberg, you can take the train to Weißenohe and do the Fünf-Seidla-Steig. It's a 9 mile hike (one way) through 4 villages and visiting 5 breweries. Then you can either walk back or take a bus to the train station. It's a lot of fun if you like hiking.

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Bamberg and Franconia. Düsseldorf.

I can't comment on Oktoberfest.
This is pretty much my German beer experience, and I can second all of the recommendations. Franconia is one of the few places where real-deal farmhouse breweries still exist. There are guides that will tell you how to hike through the countryside and visit several of these breweries in one day. This link (randomly found) will give you an idea of what is in store. I can't think of a better beer tourism experience.

If you want something like Oktoberfest without the hoards of tourists, think about going to Erlangen for Bergkirchweih, which happens around Pentecost (50 days after Easter) every year. Easy day trip (20 minutes by train) from Bamberg.

Duesseldorf is on the other side of the country, but a night of drinking Alt is a must if possible. Cologne is a lovely place to spend a day, and close to Duesseldorf.
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Thanks for all the great ideas. We will definitely research your ideas.

I talked to my dad today. We are already reconsidering Oktoberfest. Neither of us like crowds.

Thanks again.

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In Germany I would recommend Munich for sure although most people don't realize that you can only get beers from the 6 breweries in the region. Lowen Brau, Hof Brau, Augustine, spatan etc. Food there is amazing to at the different beer halls and its pretty decently priced.

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