Take a look behind the scenes and find out how German beer is made. From thousand-year old monasteries, to modern state of the art facilities, take a tour through one of these German breweries before you sample your fresh beer right then and there.
One of the best places to enjoy your handcrafted beer is in a German beer garden, sitting at long wooden tables, shaded by century-old chestnut trees.
So what traditional food should you try? How do you find a good table, and can you also bring your own pick-nick? Find the answers and more in our German beer garden special.
Munich is proud to have almost 200 beer gardens, among them the world’s biggest beer garden, which seats 8000 people. Our top picks include the crème de la crème of Bavarian hospitality, from bustling beer gardens in the heart of Munich’s farmers market, to idyllic open-air restaurants in the city’s green scene.
Munich is home to one of the most famous beer halls in the world, the Hofbräuhaus. Established in 1589 as the Royal Brewery of the Kingdom of Bavaria, the Hofbräuhaus is an essential part of Munich’s culture and cuisine, treasured by tourists and locals alike. For more fantastic beer halls, check out the article Best Munich Beer Halls.
Educate yourself about Germany's favorite drink in Munich's Beer and Oktoberfest Museum. The exhibition showcases the art and culture of beer making around the world and explores history of Oktoberfest.
According to the purity law of 1516, German beer is only made with 4 ingredients - water, hops, malt, and yeast -, but that doesn't mean that all German beer tastes the same. You can wet your whistle with 5000 types of beers, and our about.com guide to beer gives you a great overview of the vast German beer scene.