The Oktoberfest beer festival may only come along once a year, but the atmosphere of beer-fuelled conviviality endures in Munich all year round. The city’s reputation as one of the beer capitals of the world is well deserved and evidenced in the huge number of beer halls and breweries to be found here.
You could spend weeks in the Bavarian capital and only touch the surface of its vibrant beer scene. But for a taste (or three) during your stay, why not join a Munich brewery or beer tour? There are several companies based in the city and offering such tours and we’ve picked out three of the best.
From €36 per person
Get a taste of the best food and beer that Munich has to offer on this 3.5-hour guided city. Your journey begins early evening at Munich Central Station, where you’ll meet your friendly and knowledgeable guide before setting off to explore the city’s bustling nightlife and learn the legendary techniques of German brewing. Before heading to the first tasting venue, you’ll take a private tour through the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum where you’ll learn about seminal moments that have contributed to Germany’s famous beer culture. Next, you’ll take your new-found knowledge and appreciation to an authentic Bavarian beer hall, where you’ll sample brews and traditional German nibbles such as pretzels, spaetzle, roast pork, and Weisswurst smothered in sweet mustard. Your tour ends at the famous Hofbräuhaus, where you can continue the revelry at your leisure.
Starting at €245 for two people
For a more intimate and personalised journey around Munich’s beer scene, you can join a private tour run by The Thirsty Historian. The company’s in-depth tours take visitors inside local breweries, beer halls and biergartens that are off the radar of most tourists, creating a truly authentic and unique experience. You can choose from a half-day, full-day or fully customised tour, with transport, food and drinks all included in the price. Among the highlights are a chance to tap your own wood barrel of beer at Munich’s oldest standing residential building, and sitting down to a medieval-themed 10-course dinner with beer and live traditional music in a historic cellar. They also host tours during annual events such as Frühlingsfest (Spring Fest), Starkbierfest (Strong Beer Fest) and Oktoberfest, where they reserve seats for these unforgettable cultural experiences.
From €30.60 per person
Visit Germany’s oldest commercial brewery on this guided walking tour of Munich, led by a knowledgeable guide who will provide fascinating insights into the city’s world-renowned beer-making heritage. During the tour you’ll visit several traditional beer halls, including the world-famous Hofbräuhaus. Other highlights include learning the secrets of making Weissbier, Munich’s traditional specialty beer specialty brewed in Munich’s oldest brewery. Here you’ll also get to sample traditional German dishes before toasting to your newly-gained knowledge with a litre of beer back at the legendary Hofbräuhaus. Two complimentary beers are included in the tour price.