Hello, Beer Gardens! by Tyree Constantine


Beer is a staple component of Germany’s national culture and identity.  The number of professional brewers is nearly endless, with 5,000+ producing beers in over 50 well-documented, diverse flavors.

It’s a pretty big difference from American beer culture that still largely revolves around Budweiser, Miller and Coors. If you are a beer enthusiast, you’ll be at home in Germany, even if it’s not Oktoberfest time.

But there is also more to beer culture than just drinking.  It’s about coming together in your neighborhood beer garden with friends, neighbors and strangers and enjoying each other’s company over a big, sudsy mug of beer.

Working as a Trip Consultant here at EF Ultimate Break, I know how strongly many of our travelers feel about experiencing Germany and its culture firsthand. I can’t think of a better way of doing just that— sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the beer garden scene.

On my most recent trip to Germany, Italy & Switzerland, experiencing these places in Munich firsthand was incredible.  It’s difficult to describe this culture without seeing it for yourself, but consider this fun fact: Munich’s beer gardens seat over 180,000 people. The most common form of seating is long bench-like picnic tables. At most of these places, you can order food or you can bring your own. Pretzels and ribs were the commonly ordered foods I saw, while for the bring-it-yourself food crowd, imbibers were brought their own spreads of meat, cheese and bread.

The entire Germany, Italy & Switzerland trip is a great opportunity to experience beautiful alpine landscapes, epic castles like Neuschwanstein and surprisingly breathtaking places like Lucerne, Switzerland, all while experiencing several different, distinct cultures and locales. Wash it all down with some great beer and you’ll have an unforgettable travel experience. On one particularly memorable day, my fellow travelers really got a kick out of eating breakfast in Germany, lunch in Austria and dinner in Italy. It’s part of the draw of this tour that keeps ranking it as one of our most popular.

Ultimately, this was a trip of a lifetime. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself here.