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Doppelbock Beer Festival 2017 or Starkbeer Festival
Munich - Nuremberg- Rothenburg - Bamberg - Salzburg - Andechs
$1,695 for single (the Flight is not included)
FROM 17 March 2016 - 26 March 2017 | 13 Vacancies left - Book Now
What is this Doppelbock Beer Festival about?
The festival or fest is all about the so called "Starkbier" which means "strong beer".
If you are a beer fan or love beer this is the right festival for you.
The best part is that it is almost unknown to other countries. It is indeed a local celebration. The festival is concentrating on Munich and Bamberg which are classic cities for beer connoisseurs.
In Germany they call it Starkbierfest or Strong Beer Festival which is a bit like Oktoberfest but without the commercial and touristic aspect. This festival is therefor less expensive as the hotel and food prices are all at regular levels. Locals call it also the "Fifth Season".
Let's look a little bit into the history of this fest.
It goes back to the times when monks were brewing the beer in Bavaria, and they brewed an extra strong beer to sustain themselves throughout the fasting period of Lent.They brewed a Starkbeer.
On the third Thursday following Ash Wednesday the first barrel of Salvator is tapped at Paulaner at the "Nockherberg" amidst great celebrations. In the local beer halls like Paulaner and Löwenbräu there are special dance performances, parties and other events during three weeks.
This is a specialized, and very non-traditional tour that you are looking at right now and you won't be able to book it anywhere else. It will be a very small group and accommodations will be with smaller hotels or inns. We also use public transportation to get around.
Please be aware there will be a lot of walking. You will gather with many of our German friends who can give us an insiders perspective on this traditional beer festival. You can be assured that you will be very happy with what you experience.
Daily breakfast at the hotel.
Tours as described.
All ground transportation.
You need to purchase your own airfare. We depart from Munich (MUC) Airport.
- Dinner, lunch or any snacks.
- Beverages, wine or beer.
- Phone calls, postcards, souvenirs, laundry services, etc.
- Service Tips which are usually 2-3 Euros.
- Guide and Driver Tips.
- Entry fees at various venue may occur.
Day 1 March 17 Munich
Depart USA on Thursday evening and arrive in Munich on Friday morning to meet the group. We will meet at the airport at 11:00am. The efficient Munich transit system will bring the group directly downtown without any traffic delays. After checking in the hotel we will start the tour with a real Bavarian lunch at a traditional beer hall of Munich: This can be at the Augustinerkeller or the famous Hofbräuhaus.
In the afternoon enjoy the detailed historical walking tour with lots of refreshment stops. After a traditional German dinner the remaining evening is at your leisure.
Day 2 March 18 Munich
Enjoy a traditional German breakfast before we explore Munich. During our walking tour you will experience the history of Munich's old town and see the main attractions of the city: The Glockenspiel at Marienplatz, the Frauenkirche, Old Peter, the open air market, Viktualienmarkt, and some of the major sites of Munich's WWII history. Around 2pm we join the party at the famous Paulaner am Nockerberg, a classic location for the Starkbierfest!
If you like you can attend the traditional Catholic mass at the oldest church in Munich, at Alter Peter (stars early). Alternatively sleep in and have later on at 10am a traditonal "Frühschoppen" which is nothing else than Weisswurst with a Bretzel, and a glass of Weissbier at the "Weisses (White) Brauhaus. This is a big tradition generally in the South to enjoy the Fruehschoppen snack after church before it goes home for a wholesome lunch. All of Munich's beer garden and beer halls are offering this early snack with a Bavarian band accompanying the guests. You should try it out.
After the Fruehschoppen we board the fast and sleek high-speed train ICE for a 70 minute ride to Nuremberg. After leaving our gear in the safe and secure lockers at the train station, we head out to explore the city. Nuremberg was a headquarter of the Nazi party rallies, race laws, and last but not least for the trials. There is a lot to see about this part of the history. You also will notice that Nuremburg has a rich imperial history reaching back to the Middle Ages. The large castle from the Holy Roman Empire rules the Nuremberg skyline and the sandstone architecture reveals a time when Nuremberg was a wealthy city for all kinds of trade. We will visit the party rally grounds, the Castle and Old town, and try the local "Rotbier" with the famous Nuremberg sausages! In the evening we collect our luggage and take the train ride for 50 minutes to Bamberg. There we will stay over night in a real brewery that is also a hotel. Something that you will never see in the USA.
Day 4 March 20 Rothenburg ob der Tauber
After our breakfast we ride directly to the quaint, medieval village of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The city is still completely encircled with a town wall, and as you can imagine the history of this city is rich and very interesting as it was located at an important trade route. We visit the famous Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store, the famous Tilman Riemenscheider Blood Altar, and have a local amazing Franconian lunch with hand-crafted local wine. In the late afternoon we will catch the train back to Bamberg, and spend the evening by enjoying this baroque city. Bamberg is an UNESCO World Heritage site which is offering beautiful architecture, an amazing history, and of course world-class beer. Our hotel is the famous brewery Fässla, where they make the famous beer "Spezial" (a special beer) directly across the street.
Day 5 March 21 Bamberg
Awake to the smell of Fässla's fresh beer - they're brewing right downstairs and the malty goodness wafts up to your room, gently waking you! Have breakfast and even enjoy a morning beer if you like! We'll take a quick tour of this small brewery before we take a long walk through this beautiful, baroque city. We visit the Bamberg Cathedral and its famous "Bamberg Knight" and Cathedral Square before visiting the heart of the city. Virtually untouched in WWII, Bamberg maintains its status as an UNESCO World Heritage City. As the tour progress, we’ll make several stops at some of Bamberg’s most cherished breweries: Mahr's , Keesman, Spezial, Greifenklau, Klosterbraeu, and Ambräusianum . This evening's dinner features the famous Bamberg Stuffed Onion at Schlenkerla. Enjoy with Bamberg's world famous Rauchbier for a culinary treat! For the beer aficionado, this is a banner day!
Day 6 March 22 Andechs
Another fast train back to Munich and then we'll secure our luggage and make the pilgrimage to the "Holy Mountain" is today's activity. Many Bavarians say that if you had just one day to experience Bavaria, you should spend it at Kloster Andechs. This historical site, still run by Benedictine Monks, offers art, architecture, and spiritual refreshment. The Bräustuberl offers more earthly refreshments - the Doppelbock beer is world-famous and many come from miles around to eat the Schweinehaxe. Its hard to explain why Andechs is so special, but you are sure to agree that it is a very special place.
The city of Mozart beckons for a visit! 2 hours away on the train, we'll show you some of the locations from the Sound of Music as well as Mirabell Palace and the Old Town. On top of the history, Salzburg offers great food and drink: Join me at Sporer for some homemade Schnapps, Fürst for the best Mozart Balls, or the Hotel Sacher for torte and coffee. For dinner, we'll enjoy a wonderful beer hall, the Augustiner Bräustübl zu Mülln - grab a stein off the shelf, rinse it out yourself and have it filled with fresh beer - an authentic experience! Then, grab a six pack for the train ride back to Munich!
The plan for today starts with a day trip to Regensburg which is another UNESCO heritage site. Located on the Danube, Regensburg was the most Northern location for the Roman Empire in Germany. During WWII Regensburg stayed safe so you will see streets that were built in the Middle Ages. Enjoy this walking tour, the quick stop by the Händlmaier Mustard shop, at the Spital brewery, and the world's oldest sausage kitchen. In the late afternoon we have a late lunch at Kneitinger at the Arnulfsplatz. They have magnificent beer: a dark and a pale one. NOTE: We may change this day based on special events in the Munich area or, if the weather allows, do a possible boat trip to the monastery Weltenburg.
Day 9 March 25 Munich
This morning after breakfast enjoy an extended tour of Munich's history or take part at a guided tour of Dachau (extra charge). In the evening, we visit the most traditional Starkbierfest celebration in Munich at the Löwenbräu Keller. A Bavarian band will play the favorite party hits and there is a beauty contest for the girls and a so called "Strongman" competition for the men. It will be a night you will never forget!
Day 10 March 26 Munich
After breakfast say Good-be to Munich and depart to the Franz Josef Strauss Morning airport for your return flight. We will assist you in reaching the airport in time for your flight (the airport ticket is not included). this country!) If your flight is later int he day you may have the possibility to visit the Weisses Brauhaus one last time.
Or, even better, extend your visit until March 28 and visit with us the Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau castles!
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