one of my favorite Salzburg sights: Augustiner Bräu

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I get a lot of emails with questions about Salzburg; where to stay (where not to stay), what to do/see, etc.

Here’s a recommendation for those of you who care:  Augustiner Bräu.  {Interesting Fact #1: It was founded by Monks in 1621.} {Interesting Fact #2: When you pronounce “Bräu” correctly, it sounds like “broy”, not “brow”.}

Year round, Augustiner is the place to be in Salzburg.  You can either lounge outside in the biergarten or cozy up to one another at a booth inside in one of the massive bier halls.  Yes, it’s a brewery so nearly everyone has a beer in hand but it’s a beautiful enough place to enjoy even if you choose not to partake in the drinking.  Also, they serve food (and lots of it) in many varieties (though all Bavarian-esque).

Back when I lived in Salzburg, my friends went to Augustiner all the time; it was the place to celebrate birthdays, holidays, Tuesdays, etc.  Kayla even knew it so well, she once identified that a Facebook friend of hers was sitting in the Augustiner biergarten… just by seeing the thumbnail version of his profile picture.

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(last spring…)

When selecting your beer, you choose between a half liter (what us girls usually choose) and a liter, which you then rinse out at a communal fountain before selecting your beer.  Kayla and I always opted for Radlers instead of beer (half lemonade-half beer).  Anytime I ordered this in front of local friends, though, they made fun of me.  Personally, beer is not my drink of choice but I’m told the beer here is as good as it gets.

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(…summer …)

Just walking around the beer hall/biergarten, you’ll see plenty of people sporting traditional Bavarian dress (lederhosen/ dirndls).  Come to think of it, though, you’ll see that anywhere you go in Salzburg.  Note: this guy is my friend Robert.  From Ohio.  He’s an Austrian-imposter, don’t be fooled.

 

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(…fall…)

The only downside?  It’s located very much outside the city center; either a 30 minute walk or a 15 minute bus ride.  We rode the bus there when we celebrated my 24th birthday in Salzburg just a few months ago!

 

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(…and winter.)

You never know what kind of people you’ll encounter at Augustiner.  When Pierce and Brett visited me in Salzburg, I brought them here, where we witnessed a family giving their 5-year-old son a little cup of beer.  To Bavarians, it probably seems weird that we even took note of this.  But, to Oklahomans, a beer-drinking child is a sight to behold!

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16 comments:

Linda said...

Loved it there and the communal fountain was such a unique feature. Prost!

Jessi @ Life: The Epic Journey said...

We had to make the terrible decision to cut Salzburg off our trip coming up. I'm still trying to recover from the disappointment.
:)

Rolled Up Pretty said...

Sounds so fun! :)

Sandy a la Mode said...

that seems like such a cool place to lounge!!

Mr.Clive said...

buy me a beer! Hullo! :D

Kayla said...

Awww, I love this post!!! Although, it makes me miss you/sbg/augustiners way too much! Such a big fan of that last pic of you!

Thanks for the shout-out for my ability to recognize Augustiners (or really any site in Salzburg) in a split second, no matter what the size! Haha!

Lottie said...

Sounds like the place to make memories. Will have to remember this place when/if I visit salzburg.

debbiecutieface.com said...

ahh I've been to Salzburg once and it's seriously one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Barbara said...

I'm dying to go back to Salzurg after all of your posts!!

nova said...

I totally would have pronounced it "brow". Thanks for the heads up!

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

i just had to say that you are simply gorgeous in that last picture. breathtaking!
and i can't believe a family was giving their 5 year old son a cup of beer. so ridiculous, ha
xo TJ

Marshall said...

best beer ive ever had in my life was austrian. yum. i want to go back so badly!

Megan said...

taking note of this place! i havent been to salzburg in my adult life and of course your blog makes me yearn to go back and see what it is really all about. i know it wont fail to impress.

Candice said...

You always look so darn pretty and tan in your photos..teach me your secrets.

What a fun place to visit..I'll make a note for when I visit Austria someday! :)

and a 5 year old drinking beer? I'd be staring too..

Jenni Austria Germany said...

@candice, if i happen to be there when you visit, you won't need to make a note. because i will be your tour guide, of course.

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Sounds like lots of fun!