"Beerdrinkers' heaven" Salzburg Favorite Tip by CliffClaven
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Favorite thing: When beerdrinkers die and go to heaven, they often end up in Munich. But actually, Munich only gets the overspill, since the real beerlovers head straight for Salzburg. The Stiegl brewery has been brewing beer since 1492 - and who knows, America may never have been discovered if they had started just a couple of months earlier. Alas, alas, Stiegl's beerhall halfway up the hill to the fortress operates only during the summer months. You'll just have to slum it in the Sternbräu complex, where the excellence of the beer compensates for the not-very-exciting drinking rooms, or - and this is where the little foretaste of paradise comes in - the Augustinerbräu beerhalls. They are located about a kilometre from the city centre: far enough to work up a thirst but not far enough to put you off going in the first place. Turn off the Müllnerhauptstrasse up an incline and there on the right, easy to miss, is an inconspicuous doorway leading into what looks like the entrance to a museum that has seen better days. But retain all hope ye who enter! (Dante never got a pint for his efforts). Venture through the doors and down the broad stairs, and prepare to wonder. Three cavernous beerhalls surround a central area where the beer is dispensed in litre or half-litre steins from oak casks. Pick a stein, wash it under the fountain, pay at the till and get it filled from one of the barrels. If you are hungry, there is a small parade of kiosks selling the kind of food that central Europeans love to eat with beer: sausages, and not much else. Open every day from 3 to 11, Augustinerbräu is oddly busier in early evening than towards closing time.
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