Brewery tour of Spaten-Franziskaner-Löwenbräu

Last weekend, Petra and I did a different tour than usual, we did a tour of one of the local breweries. The big 6 of Munich don’t offer regular tours, however, if you can come up with a group of more than 15 with I’d say at least a week advance notice, then it is possible.

Anyways, the tour wasn’t great (I’ve taken several brewery tours, so maybe I’m pickier than most), but it was cool to finally see and go through the brewery there. Also, the tour cost €10, which included leberkase, pretzels, and a few beers…which is worth €10+ alone.

SO, we were quite happy. Also, the tasting area is at the top of the brewery with a great view.

Here’s some pics of the Spaten / Franziskaner / Löwenbräu brewery complex:

Nuremberg Christmas market & Nazi party rally grounds

On Sunday Petra and I went out to Nuremberg on my friend jason’s tour. He does regular tours of Nuremberg either as a day trip from Munich, or as a few hour tour if you’re already staying in Nuremberg. (he can meet you at the trainstation when the group comes in from Munich)

Although he’s been offering the tour for nearly a year now, I’ve been too busy to take his tour until just recently. That did give us an opportunity to see the famous Nuremberg christmas market too, though, which was an added incentive. I’ve been to many, many, MANY christmas markets though, and it was nothing to write home about.

The tour, however, was something to write home about. Jason does a wonderful job of being flexible about the tourists needs, he’s knowledgable about more than what he “needs” for the tour, and although it is a long day trip from Munich, you really do see some beautiful things and learn a lot of interesting history.

(there are two other guides that do the Nuremberg tour and I am confident that both of them have equally as good of tours, it’s just that I haven’t taken theirs so…I write about what I know)

Here’s some pictures:

[Listening to: Terrible Lie – Nine Inch Nails – Beside You In Time (5:00)]

Micro blogging and the professional tourist

As some of you may have noticed, there’s been a recent change to this website, the addition of micro blogging. For those not familiar with micro-blogging, what I do is I use a website (well, technically I use a program called digsby that accesses the site for me) called “twitter” which allows me to type what I’m doing at any given time with a maximum size of 140 characters, so rather than a lengthy blog post, it’s just simply what I’m doing.

SO, I type what I’m doing into twitter (through digsby) and then it appears on the left side of this blog in that little grey box. You can scroll through that grey box and find out what I’ve been up to in recent days if you want too…I think it’s a nice addition to the site.

 I would expect updates from twitter at least daily if I’m anywhere near internet access.

[Listening to: El vals del obrero – SKA-P – Live at Southside Festival 061 (5:01)]