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Authentic Cologne Brauhauses

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Gilden im Zims

This modern brewery, housed one of the oldest structures in the city, has managed to perfectly blend the old world charm with new age trends, thereby attracting patrons from all demographics. Given its theme of 'Heroes of Cologne', each wall is adorned and dedicated to distinctive personalities that have made their mark in respective fields of music, sports and so forth. Offering some of the tastiest local delights in the region, like sauerkraut, pork chops and mushrooms with gravy, this Heumarkt establishment makes for good time. The portions are huge and are served along with plenty of Kölsch beers.

Heumarkt 77, Cologne, Germany, 50667
Früh am Dom

Located a stone's throw from the Dom and Hohe Straße, Früh am Dom is a real institution that attracts both tourists and locals alike. The Früh is to Cologne what the Hofbräuhaus is to Munich, in being that it is the preferred local brew. As well as serving up freshly-brewed Kölsch beer, there is a menu which contains a fine selection of local and German specialties on scrubbed wooden tables. If you are looking for a glass of tasty local beer and a fine traditional German meal, this place is a must for any visitor.

Am Hof 12, Cologne, Germany, 50667
Gaffel am Dom

Gaffel by the Cathedral is a popular restaurant, explored by locals and tourists alike. The place is know for their diverse selection of beers; these are poured generously and are sure to keep you wanting for more. The menu at Gaffel by the Cathedral is quintessentially German, dishes are cooked using local ingredients and the portions are quite generous. If you need a place where you can satiate a massive appetite, Gaffel by the Cathedral is the place you must explore.

Bahnhofsvorplatz 1, Cologne, Germany, 50667
Päffgen Brauhaus

The Päffgen has been selling good Kölsch since 1883 and for that reason alone you should visit at least once. The beer made by Cologne's smallest brewery is only served there and in virtually no other bar. Find traditional dishes and typical brewery atmosphere in this German establishment. With excellent cuisine and beer, the Päffgen is a good choice of venue for sampling Kölsch.

Friesenstraße 64, Cologne, Germany, 50670

Opened in 2002 by Dusseldorf transplant Peter Esser Braustelle continues to flaunt its reputation as Cologne's smallest brewing operation, ironically with the biggest selection. Germany's only "appellation controlee" beer Kolsch is fiercely proud of its singularity and as a result, its approximate 25 breweries produce little else. Historic rivalry with Dusseldorf has seen to a virtual embargo of Germany's other exotic Rhineland ale Altbier, with locals saying that even trying to order the darker heavier brew can pass for fighting words. Thankfully the connoisseur in Cologne has Braustelle. Pouring an aggressive Kolsch, a fruity Weizen, and Cologne's only Altbier, Braustelle clearly pushes the brewing envelope in a city not given to deviation. With a rotating seasonal on tap and several strong assertive beers (a Tripplebock, among others) available to go in champagne magnums, the last thing Braustelle feels is small. Brewery tours can be arranged.

Christianstrasse 2, Cologne, Germany, 50825

Definitely worth a visit is Malzmuhle, at Heumarkt in the Altstadt. Founded in 1858, this Brauhaus serves tasty Muhlen-Kolsch beer. You cal also learn about the entire process of production from malting, crushing, maceration, etc. when you come to this place. Former guests include American President Bill Clinton. There is a restaurant as well that serves traditional fare that is heavy on the meat; you can order a whole pig's foot without anyone looking at you funny.

Heumarkt 6, Cologne, Germany, 50667
Peters Brauhaus

Peters Brauhaus has one of the best locations in Cologne's old town, in a side street just off Alter Markt. It's always full of people who find the building's beautiful façade irresistible as well as those simply looking for a great meal. This German brauhaus has a superb atmosphere, with an impressive stained glass ceiling in the main room and rustic wooden furniture throughout the restaurant. The friendly service is fast and the traditional German cuisine is delicious. This spot is also family-friendly and perfect for a large group of friends. Make sure to try the Kölsch, which is Cologne's local beer.

Mühlengasse 1, Cologne, Germany, 50667
Brauhaus Sion

Brauhaus Sion is something special. They've been brewing Kölsch beer at this site since 1318 more popularly referred to as "Kölsch from the barrel". The building has changed over the years but the place retains its unique charm. There is room for over 600 people at this attractive brauhause, right in the heart of Altstadt. In summer there is also seating outside. The service is usually rather friendly. You can also enjoy some hearty, traditional Kölsch Brauhaus food. Politicians and other prominent figures can often be spotted here.

Unter Taschenmacher 5-7, Cologne, Germany, 50667
Brauhaus Sünner im Walfisch

Nestled in a former brewery dating backing to the 17th century, Brauhaus Sünner im Walfisch has a cosy setting. This brewpub is known for its tall glass tap tubes where patrons can have between three to five litres (more than six to 10.5 pints) of Kolsch. This family-friendly bar also has vegetarian platters in their menu. Savour regional specialities like Metthappen with Öllich, Stuffed Schnitzel, Himmel un Ääd (fried black pudding with fried onions, mashed potatoes and apple sauce), Sudhausteller (grilled knuckle meat in brown beer sauce) and Brauhaus Spit.

Salzgasse 13, Cologne, Germany, 50667
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