Take a trip to the Krombacher Brewery
It’s officially beer fest season! Oktoberfest may be just a few weeks away, but there are still a number of ways to celebrate. If you want a different kind of beer experience, consider taking a trip to the home of one of Germany’s favorite beers, the Krombacher Brauerei.
See it to beer-lieve it.
Krombacher, located in Kreuztal, has been brewing since at least 1803, which is when documents first noted it. Since then, they’ve been providing their traditional “Landbier,” country beer, “dunkel,” dark, and “Kellerbier,” top- or bottom- fermented beer. Through the years, they’ve expanded to beverages such as radler, “hell,” light beer, pils and much more. If you want to enjoy the taste of beer without the alcohol, they offer all the same beverages in a non-alcoholic version.
At Krombacher Brauerei, they offer a variety of English-speaking tour packages with varying cost. A simple tour and tasting starts at 19 euros if you’re not a registered “Krombacher friend.” If you want a more in-depth experience, the Krombacher sommelier tour is worth the 89 euros per person. You’ll learn more about the brewing process and you will enjoy a 5-course meal specifically created to enhance the flavor of their beers. They also offer a Schweppes (Krombacher brand-owned tonic water) Mix’n Taste tour for 89 euros, which includes a class on mixing, tasting and aptly paired finger foods. Be sure to book your package online. Any option would make for an excellent date night or friends night out!
Don’t forget to make a stop at the Krombacher Shop for commemorative souvenirs, including beverages, clothing, accessories, drinking accessories and much more!
Let’s hit the road
The brewery is less than a 3-hour drive from the Kaiserslautern area and less than 2-hours from Wiesbaden. There are several villages along the way that make for fun pit stops. Here are a few options for you.
Limburg – This fabulous city has a spectacular cathedral, scenic old town with picturesque half-timbered houses and original city towers. Just outside the city is St. Lubentius Church. You can’t miss this beautiful Romanesqe basilica sitting high above the valley on the west bank of the Lahn River.
Wiesbaden - Kaiserslautern folks can pay a visit to Wiesbaden, the oldest spa town in Europe, along the way. Consider visiting Neroberg for views of the Rhine River, Kurhaus or Kaiser-Friedrich-Therme for a spa experience, St. Elizabeth’s Church and Marktkirche for those who enjoy old churches, Wiesbaden City Palace and Biebrich Palace.
Siegen – Not too far south of the brewery lies this charming city. The Oberes Schloss, which dates back to the 1200s, Schlosspark Siegen, Schloss Platz and the old town area are all photo worthy locations. If you like to shop, the City Galerie mall is a great place to go.
Sadly, there isn’t a good train option, which is usually a recommended choice. However, you can make the drive a part of the experience. I have yet to experience a drive in Germany that didn’t offer some phenomenal scenic views.
If you’re a beer-lover, consider responsibly exploring a different side of your favorite beverage. It’s not only a great experience during beer fest season, but it also makes for a great indoor activity in the winter, which is right around the corner. Any place where it’s always “bierzeit,” beer time, is worth checking out!
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