Bamberg, Germany

About a few weekends ago was only the second time in two months that Al, Sara, and I were in all in Frankfurt, so we joined our friend Natalie (who also went with us to Prague) for a day trip to Bamberg. Bamberg is a small town in Bavaria and is about 2.5 hours’ drive from Frankfurt. It is most known as one of the brewing centers of Germany, and is famous for producing Rauchbier, or smoke beer. This is why we went.

How very German looking

How very German looking

Like most small German towns, it was quaint, had a lot of cute older buildings, and a nice river running through the middle. It was a really pleasant place just to stroll around in, or watch the kayakers try to navigate the rather quick Regnitz River. However, we had other business to attend to:

Prost!

Prost!

The town itself is only 20 mi², but has 9 breweries within the city limits, making it one of the highest breweries per capita cities in the world. We arrived around 1 and hit the ground running, stopping first at Schlenkerla, which offered their smoke beer on draft. I drank a liter of it, it was so good. We hadn’t run across many smoke beers in the US, and they were first introduced to us by our friend Claus in Copenhagen, who had just returned from Bamberg when we arrived. They were really tasty – almost leaving a bacon-ey aftertaste. We also had really good food there, including the ­­­Bamberger Zwiebel, or onion stuffed with meat and topped with gravy.

Ready for Oktoberfest (and Halloween)

Ready for Oktoberfest (and Halloween)

As we stumbled out of the brewery, we noticed a grindle and lederhosen shop nearby and decided to poke our heads in. After a while (possibly due to the beer), we were all trying on different pairs, and Al and I bit the bullet and purchased our lederhosen, as they were good quality, affordable, and we needed them for Oktoberfest anyway. Plus, now we are set for life for Halloween costumes!

Great view to end the day

Great view to end the day

We spent the rest of the afternoon crawling between different breweries – I think we made it to 5 altogether. The beer was quite tasty almost everywhere, which is the nice thing about Germany – it’s difficult to find bad beer (it’s also difficult to find really good beer, but that’s what Belgium will be for). Our final stop was Spezial Keller, a beer garden on a hill above the city. We ate dinner and had a few more drafts there, enjoying the sunset before making the drive back to Frankfurt.

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