I have a dilemma and I am hoping someone will be able to help me out!
Bamberg is a UNESCO World Heritage City that is full of medieval churches, half-timbered houses, Baroque architecture and frescoed buildings. The quaint, cobbled streets are bursting with outdoor cafes, bridges, shops and charming houses along the Regnitz River.
The vast cultural, architectural, religious and ancient history Bamberg has can be found within its well-preserved boundaries.
But that is not all Bamberg is known for.
Beer aficionados will know Bamberg not for the aforementioned beauties but for the 9 breweries that call this village home. According to the Bamberg tourist office these 9 breweries produce more than 50 types of beer!
This brewing tradition goes back 1,000 years and produces beers ranging from lagers, wheat, Gold Pils to the Rauchbier (a smoked beer). These breweries have seriously been around a very long time. Schlenkerla was first mentioned in 1405, Fassla was founded in 1649 and Klosterbrau has been brewing beer since 1533. And that’s only 3 of them!
So what’s a girl supposed to do with only 2 days, 9 breweries and 50 types of beer?
How do I choose which ones to visit? I’m hoping you can help but first here is a listing and brief description of the breweries in Bamberg:
- Ambrausianum is the newest and smallest brewery in Bamberg. It is a modern brew pub complete with copper brew kettles.
- Brauerei Fassla dates back to 1649 and is a family run brewery with a lively atmosphere. Reminiscent of an older typical brewery, the large entrance doors are still there making delivery by horse and cart possible.
- Brauerei Greifenklau is a small brewery that was established in 1719 by Count von Greiffenclau. Today it is a lovely old tavern with a shady beer garden that has been owned by the same family since 1914.
- Kaiserdom is the largest brewery in Bamberg. The Wohner family has owned it since 1718. Each beer you drink at Kaiserdom has its own style glass or mug.
- Keesmann has been a family owned brewery since 1867. This brew house has a modern flair to it but is still able to cling to tradition. You will find a herd of deer heads on the walls in this pub.
- Klosterbrau was founded in 1533 and has been in the Braun family since 1852. It is the oldest functioning brewery in Bamberg. This picturesque brewery sits alongside the river Regnitz.
- Mahrs Brau was founded in 1679 and has been in the Michel family since 1880. This traditional brewery still includes beer served from the wooden barrel.
- Spezial was first recorded in 1536 and is housed in a beautiful half-timbered building complete with overflowing window boxes. Spezial is a classic pub with a traditional atmosphere that also serves a smoky beer.
- Schlenkerla was first mentioned in 1405 and is home to the world famous Rauchbier, a beer made from smoked malt. This traditional brewery tavern is popular and crowded.