Learn the true meaning of Gemütlichkeit at Schlenkerla in Bamberg

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Schlenkerla in Bamberg
Schlenkerla in Bamberg

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Almost hidden from the world in a quaint street in the old part of Bamberg (Bamberg vacation rentals | Bamberg travel guide) you can find the historical brewery tavern Schlenkerla — one of the top addresses for beer in the world. If you like beer, after the first Seidla (half-liter) you have enjoyed of this incomparable Smokebeer, you will be hooked forever. But no worries, it is possible to buy some bottles to take home or even to order it online.

This cozy tavern with its low timbered ceilings is located in one of the oldest and most beautiful houses in Bamberg and was first mentioned in 1405. What makes Schlenkerla so unique is its original dark-brown, aromatic Smokebeer (in German called Rauchbier), which matures in 700-year-old cellars deep down in the hills of Bamberg and is still being tapped directly from the wooden barrel.

In everyday life the typical Franconian acts rather reserved towards strangers — not so at Schlenkerla. This Bamberg beer tavern brings people together. In relaxed and joyful atmosphere people of all classes and countries sit together on big wooden tables and have stimulating conversations while they drink their beer.

Especially in the summertime Schlenkerla is worth a visit as its glorious inner courtyard is open for the public then. When you sit here in the sunshine, have a glass of beer and a bite of typical Bavarian food (try the infamous Schlenkerla cheese!) you will truly understand the meaning of German Gemütlichkeit.

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Kathrin Wagner

This travel guide has been written by Kathrin Wagner.

She grew up in a small town in Bavaria and then studied Media studies, Literature and History in Erlangen and Munich. As a student she already spent half a year in London and moved back there after graduation in 2006. She is still living in London, where she works in publishing.

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Location: Dominikanerstrasse 6, Bamberg, Germany

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