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Bamberg & Fruehlingsfest in Munich
Next Departure: April 11 -21, 2013
Departs every spring
Travel across Germany on fast, efficient German trains from Cologne
to Munich, with a stop in beery Bamberg along the way. Cologne is
home to fresh delicious inimitible Kolsch. Just down the road is
Dusseldorf, with classic Alt Lodges to discover. Medieval Bamberg,
home to ten traditional breweries and infamous smoke-beer, welcomes
us for three nights. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage site;
and with a variety of great brewery taps serving fresh local beer
from the wood, it is a very pleasant place to spend a couple of
days. Next we find ourselves in the heart of Bavaria with visits
to Kloster Andechs and Ayinger Brewery. Friday Morning we head to
Munich for one of the world's bigger (not biggest) beer festivals:
(not Oktoberfest) Fruelingsfest! Two days in Munich provide time
enjoy the festival and explore the capital of Bavaria. Registration
Details are here.
See Trip Pictures
Thursday, April 11 - Depart from the US, meals aloft
Your trip begins as you travel to Cologne, Germany. Airfare is
not included in the trip price.
Friday, April 12 - Arrival in Cologne, Kolsch crawl/city tour,
Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel in the heart of the city. After
time to settle in, meet the group in the hotel lobby for a locally
guided Kolsch crawl/walking tour of the old city. We will be sure
to stop into a bar or two for a fresh delicious Kolsch. Tonight
we'll enjoy a Traditional Local Dinner in a classic Koelner beer
hall. (B, D)
Saturday, April 13 - Dusseldorf Daytrip
This morning we'll travel up the Rhine to Cologne's historic rival
city -- Dusseldorf. We will where we will visit as many Alt bars
as we can to learn the ins and outs of one of Germany's few ales.
We'll have a traditional lunch pub lunch as well. Return to Cologne
this evening. (B, L)
Sunday, April 14 - Free Day in Cologne
A full day to spend as you wish in one (or two) of Germany's great
cities. The Dom, the old city, the hay market and many more offer
a wealth of options, not to mention a number of brewpubs to compare.
Monday, April 15 - To Bamberg, Schlenkerla Dinner
This morning we travel by rail to Bamberg, where we will spend
three nights in the heart of this medieval city. There will be time
to visit a couple of the 10 breweries this afternoon. This evening
we will eat at the historic Schlenkerla brewery tap - home of one
of the world's original smoke beers.(B, D)
Tuesday, April 16 - Bamberg Tour, PM free, evening brewery-taps
This morning we will take a guided, walking city tour to get oriented
in beautiful Bamberg. The tour will end in a brewery tap where we
will quecnh our thirts and have lunch. The afternoon is free to
explore the town or to continue visiting the 10 brewery taps in
this city of 70,000. The per capita beer consumption averages 330
liters per year. This is a beer city if ever there was one; and
also a UNESCO World Heritage site for architecture throughout the
city center. (B, L)
Wednesday, April 17 - Bamberg Breweries, Free Time, Optional Beer
bamberg.jpg (17156 bytes)Today is essentially a free day. Bamberg
offers many beer options and plenty of worthwhile sites, churches
and museums. Renting a bike is a great way to explore even more
brewery taps and beer gardens. Franconia boasts hundreds of small
private breweries reached by easy public transportation links. No
doubt visits will be made to local Bamberg breweries as well. (B)
Thursday, April 18 - Rail and Coach to Andechs & Ayinger
We depart Bamberg this morning bound for Kloster Andechs - where
we'll have lunch and drink their infamously powerful beers. After
lunch, we will continue to Aying and Ayinger Brewery, home of Bavaria's
best-known country beers. After touring their beautiful brewery
and tasting some beers, we will enjoy a multi-course beer meal -
each course paired with one of Ayinger's beers. (B, L, D)
Friday, April 19 - Munich City Tour, Fruhlingsfest
This morning activity surrounding Fruhlingsfest will be happening
all over the city. We'll take a walking tour of the city's main
areas to get oriented. This afternoon is free to begin checking
out the festival and living large in a big beer tent. (B)
Saturday, April 20 - Explore Munich, Fruhlingsfest, Farewell Dinner
Today is basically a free day, a good one to return to the festival,
explore Munich, or rent bikes to visit a few notable beer gardens.
Tonight we celebrate our trip with a Farewell Dinner in Munich.
Sunday, April 21 - Return home
Alas we must leave beer heaven. A variety of transfer options are
available to Munich's Airport for flights to the US. (B)
For Registration and Policies & Details: Click
& Brewery Visits
Cologne and Dusseldorf: With a grand cathedral, the Rhine,
historic city centers, Old-Town beer bars, great brewing traditions,
and the historic home to Kolsch and Alt styles.
Franconian Beer! - including Bamberg's 10 breweries and
a host of other small brewers in what is possibly the best
beer region anywhere.
The close cousin of Oktoberfest and one of Munich's favorite
beer fests: Fruehlingsfest!
Good folks to drink with and the rolling tasting room when
we travel by private bus!
Many great meals, fine hotels, time to explore and relax
Great beer meals! Good folks.
Travel by Private Bus and International Rail.
3 nights Cologne
3 nights Bamberg
1 night Aying
2 nights Munich
A Cultural Kolsch Crawl in Cologne
A History and Achitecture Brewery Tap Tour in Bamberg
City Tour in Munich
(Land-only, Based on double occupancy)
$2895 per person
Single Room add $535
Arrival & Departure
Trip Begins in Cologne, Germany
Ends in Munich, Germany
The overall style of the trip is best suited for somewhat adventurous,
beer-loving travelers who want the camaraderie and structure of
a tour, as well as the opportunity to explore independently. Planned
events and excursions will, for the most part, be informal. Guided
touring is generally the exception, though travelers can always
rely on the support and assistance of the trip leader.
* Please note also:
This itinerary is subject to change based on brewery or hotel
availability, force majeur, acts of dieties, common sense or bad
weather, etc. Smaller breweries, as well as the Trappists, are often
unable to commit to hosting groups until a couple of weeks before
we arrive. Substitutions, when necessary, will be as good or better
than what we replaced. And, don't worry, the beer is always good!