One of the oldest microbreweries in Berlin, Eschenbräu Brewery has been churning out craft biers
since 2001, and has a dedicated following. So too, does the Hotel de Rome
, a historic property in the Mitte neighborhood. The Rocco Forte-managed hotel is housed in a 19th-century building once home to Dresdner Bank, and boasts unbeatable views from its rooftop terrace.
Cologne’s beer industry has been making a steady comeback since World War II (when all but two of its 40 breweries were destroyed) and now the city has a small but significant roster of microbreweries. Beer lovers give the city’s smallest, Braustelle
, top honors, thanks to its popular rotating menu and friendly atmosphere. Even better is its proximity to the luxurious Excelsior Hotel Ernst
, one of Cologne’s most famous and storied properties just a short drive from the charming brewery.
Hamburg championed the microbrewery movement in 2013 with the inaugural Craft Beer Day hosted by Ratsherrn, a hip up-and-coming brewery just outside the downtown area. To navigate the rest of the city, savvy travelers stay at the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten
, beloved for its waterfront location and Michelin
After visiting one of Munich’s famous breweries, return visitors opt for a less-touristy experience at Richelbräu, a tiny, homey microbrewery in Neuhausen. Nearby is the chic Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel
, a luxurious property with some of the largest guestrooms in the city and lovely views of the Botanical Garden. Savvy travelers stay at the Charles for its unbeatable location and elegant vibe.