Medieval castles and century old crafted beers – that’s what you will get if you decide to navigate the Die Bier und Burgenstrasse known in English as the Beer & Castle route in Germany. The name says it all. You get to see amazing castles in villages shaped through the ages and sample some of the best crafted beer in the world. What’s not to like about that?
Personal travel manager Anthony Lee has lived in Germany having experienced first hand the Beer & Castle route.
The Beer & Castle route runs 500km on the B85 road running between Passau in Eastern Bavaria and Bad Frankenhausen (“Bad” refers to spa town) in the state of Thuringia in the mid north of the country. It’s up to you how much time you wish to spend and how many of the wonderful small villages along the way you wish to visit. The route is a designated culture and gastronomy route – two words that have a great ring to my ear.
The B85 is a country road. It’s not an autobahn so is easier for foreigners to drive. The road meanders through small villages and towns as opposed to the autobahn which bypasses them. Along the route are many small breweries that take pride in their operation. They are all unique in their own special way with beers taking on different flavours and finishes even though they are still made from only 3 ingredients; water, hops and barley. Since 1516 the Reinheitsgebot or German Beer Purity Law has been in place limiting the ingredients that can be used to make beer. Beer is a serious operation in Germany. Along the route you will be amazed by the dark full bodied beers, delectable pilsners, smooth and malty bock beers as well as the flavoursome wheat beers. You may also notice that as you head further north they start to become a little crisper and drier. Bavarian beers tend to be sweeter and northern German beers drier.
When I have been enjoying beers in the German beer halls and breweries, I love to sit back and take in the surroundings. The floors tend to be wooden and I can only imagine have had many litres spilled upon them. The walls are often filled with local artefacts or hunting spoils from bygone days that provide a window into times past. If the walls could talk they would have some amazing stories to tell. My experience in the beer halls is that the local waiters tend to have some form of English language skills and they are generally happy to explain the beers and food menu. They take pride in their halls. If no English is spoken, a large smile will get you a long way. A word of advice for Australians when ordering – the big glass we refer to as a stein is actually called a krug. You may get a strange look if you ask for a stein.
As someone who has lived in Germany and knows the country very well, I believe it’s underrated as a tourist destination. I try with all my might to send my clients to Germany as I know what’s on offer, and with my advice they can have some unforgettable experiences.
My preferred time for travelling the Beer & Castle route would be in the height of summer in July or August where the days are long, the weather is generally warm and the chance of sitting outside in the beer gardens is heightened.
If you would like to experience this route or others that I have in my bag of tricks then visit my web profile to learn more about me and get in touch. I would love to organise the Beer & Castle route for you and show you why Germany is a great place to visit.
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Photo credit: Haug, Daniela (www.bayern.by)