Bavaria, Germany, is a very picturesque region that borders Austria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic, and it’s also known to have s pawned the greatest variety of beer styles. If Bavaria is on your list of travel destinations and you enjoy a good brew, here is your ultimate brew lovers’ travel guide to this popular tourist destination.
Where to Base Your Stay
The 2012 World Beer Cup winners were announced earlier this month, and Brauerei Michael Plank just outside Regensburg, Germany, was recognized as the leader in the small brewing category. The beautiful Bavarian city of Regensburg sits at the northernmost bend on the edge of the Danube River.
Consider a stay at the Hottentotten-Inn, with friendly B&B-type accommodations just a few minutes’ walk into downtown Regensburg, where double rooms start at just 69€.
Where the Breweries Are
This region has long been devoted to the brewing of beer, and in Regensburg itself you’ll find the Spital Brewery on the north end of town just over the bridge. Their beer garden is the oldest in town and is set on the banks of the Danube, a perfect spot to sit and enjoy that perfect brew on sunny days.
Prize-winning brewery Brauerei Michael Plank is located in Laaber, less than a half hour’s drive from Regensburg, and for another fun excursion you might take the train to nearby Kelheim, the home of the Schneider-Weisse Brewery.
The famed town of Pilsen is located just across the German border in the Czech Republic, less than a two-hour’s drive away. The first crock of modern Pilsner beer was brewed here back in 1842, and it’s said to be the inspiration for more than two-thirds of the beer produced in the world today, which are still called pils, pilsner, and pilsener.
Beer may be the highlight of this wonderful region, but it’s certainly not the only attraction for visitors here. Regensburg is known as the best preserved medieval town in Germany, with the first settlement here going back to the Stone Age, its modern history dating to Roman Times.
The Stone Bridge across the Danube was built in the mid-12th century and presents a picture-postcard opportunity. Beneath the bridge on its north end near the Danube whirpools is the Historische Wurstküchl. Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself used to feast on the famed Regensburger sausages here.
The Dom, or cathedral, is on the eastern end of the bridge. This cathedral is known as one of the best examples of Gothic architecture, and inside, you’ll discover a number of fasinating monuments, including one of Peter Vischer’s masterpieces.
The old narrow streets of Regensburg call for travelers to wander aimlessly, relax, and discover a variety of delights around every corner. The town was unaffected by wars, and many of its buildings serve as a testament to its 2,000-year-old history. From coffee shops to bakeries filled with mouth-watering pastries and spectacular views of the river, this beautiful city is sure to satisfy even the most hard-to-please traveler.
K.C. Dermody is a freelance writer and a Featured Contributor for Travel. She has traveled to nearly all 50 states and many countries worldwide and has a passion for imparting what she has learned from her experiences to others.
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