Munich's Affordable Biergartens and Currywurst

Posted February 10, 2010 by Jamie Moore

Munich Prost is what Germans say before downing a krug (stein) of beer. If you visit Munich during Oktoberfest, it's a word you'll learn well and repeat often. But there's beer a-plenty at all times of the year, especially in the largest biergarten in town. Afterward, satisfy your munchies with traditional German fast food and then sleep it off at an affordable and funky city-center hotel.

Koniglicher Hirschgarten
: Every city in Germany has its own special brew, and Munich's is Augustiner. The best Augustiner in Munich, according to connoisseurs, is served from the 200-liter (52-gallon) wooden barrels at the Hirschgarten, the largest biergarten in Germany. During Oktoberfest (Wiesn to the locals) you may have to fight for one of the 8,000 seats. But that's all part of the fun, as is the local tradition of washing out krugs with a toilet bowl brush. Yes, the krugs of beer are that big, one liter (1/4 gallon) to be precise.

Bergwolf: You can't drink beer without craving fast food, and in Munich that means currywurst from Bergwolf. This traditional Bavarian food is at its best in this late-night cafe. What is it? Simply a spicy German sausage smothered in rich tomato-curry sauce. It's best accompanied by fries and mayonnaise, the European way, and washed down with … another beer, of course.

: There's only one thing a belly full of beer, currywurst, and fries needs—a bed. If it can be found in a modern, tastefully decorated room, in a central location, at a reasonable rate, all the better. Arthotel has all of the above and one more thing: It's only a hop, skip, and a jump from the main train station and Oktoberfest festivities. Double rooms start at &eur;79 (about $108, see for current conversion rates.

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Oktoberfest Alternatives in Munich

Posted September 14, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Germany-Mnch-Hofbrauhaus-DE As Munich gears up for Oktoberfest, its biggest festival of the year, visitors can have a "hopping" good time exploring the city in the comfortable fall weather. And, even if you don't have tickets to this year's party, there are still plenty of places to grab a liter of beer and don your lederhosen.

Hotel Laimer Hof: With the Nymphenburg Castle only a stone's throw away, the Hotel Laimer Hof gets kudos for location. Also, this 23-room Neo-Renaissance villa, which was built in 1886 and converted to a hotel in 1937, can't be beat for comfort and price. Your hosts Alexandra and Sebastian Rösch, who started operating the hotel in 2003, believe in first-class service for a fraction of the price. A single room starts at €78 (about $114 U.S.; check for current exchange rates), and include a breakfast buffet.

Dallmayr: Outside, the lavish yellow-and-white exterior of Dallmayr evokes a palace fit for a king. Inside, visitors will find a gourmet market overflowing with the finest cheeses, meats, breads, desserts, and coffee. With more than 300 years of history, from surviving Black Friday to completely rebuilding after the war, this world-renowned delicatessen is here to stay. The freshly roasted coffee is a particular draw, and has become one of the leading brands in the German industry.

Hofbräuhaus München: Even though it can house up to 3,000 people, the very popular Hofbräuhaus may be get a little crowded at times. But it's still a must-see in Munich. With a history that dates back to 1589, when the duke of Bavaria began brewing his own beer, Hofbräuhaus has learned a thing or two about quenching people's thirst and feeding their appetite. For €5.10, you get two Munich veal sausages and a pretzel. And don't forget to order a liter of beer like the Hofbräu Dark beer for €6.90. Good times are had by all, as visitors and locals wearing lederhosen dance, sing, and drink the night away.

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