Going to Germany for CFCAMP - but more importantly - what do I eat?

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Tomorrow I board a plane for Munich, Germany and my speaking engagement at CFCAMP. While I'm terribly excited about presenting, I'm slightly more excited about the food. Oh, and apparently they make good beer in Germany too.

So - I need advice. Given that I love trying new food and beer, even ones that I don't end up necessarily liking, what should I look for in general? Remember - I eat boudin, haggis and sushi, so I'm pretty much open to anything.

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Comment 1 by Jason Dean posted on 10/12/2012 at 6:24 PM

München is a wonderful city. Even just to walk around in. I have been there twice (both work-related) so I was only able to sightsee one-day for each trip.

The buildings there are amazing. I could have spent days just walking around and looking at the architecture, shops, and people. That's what I would recommend. Spend at least a half-day just walking through the city with a quality camera.

It has been 12 years since I was there last. I suspect not much has changed.

My favorite meals in München were roast duck and rabbit. Both tender and delicious.

Taking a ride on the train out to the countryside might be a fun half-day trip as well. The trains we not terribly difficult to navigate, even as a (mostly) non-German speaker. I was actually staying a the town of Weißenfeld, well outside the city and used the train to get to and from.

I am not a beer drinker, but I am sure that being in Bavaria in Oktober, you'll have no trouble finding something to drink. Even though you missed OktoberFest 2012.

Have a great time.

Comment 2 by Walter Seethaler posted on 10/12/2012 at 6:32 PM

A good (but tourist) place to start is: http://www.hofbraeuhaus.de/...

...where you get your beer in the right drinking glass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

Comment 3 by Matt Gifford posted on 10/12/2012 at 6:33 PM

I'm personally looking forward to the beer. And a bratwurst. I only have the one night there, so I need to make it count (from a gastronomical point of view)

Comment 4 by Zarko Susnjar posted on 10/12/2012 at 6:43 PM

I can recommend http://www.weisses-brauhaus..., really interesting place in which local people go to, not only tourists, not as crowded circus of HB. If you don't like it, across the street is Paulaner Brewery place, slightly fancier variation. Both places are near Marienplatz, just ask for "Tal Strasse". you can start with those two, there are lots of others around.

Comment 5 by Zarko Susnjar posted on 10/12/2012 at 6:49 PM

Food == sausages, sauerkraut and mustard are welcoming dish until you figure out German menus :)
Paulaner restaurant on Tal Street has great wild boar stakes...
And types of beers you can ask Michael or others, they know it better. Personally I enjoy more less popular brands which I can't buy back home, dark, smoky, less filtered beers are really different from the things we usually drink.

Comment 6 by Rick Mason posted on 10/12/2012 at 7:37 PM


I second Jason's comment Munchen is a beautiful place. I don't think you can go wrong with Paulaner beer and a sausage dinner.

Also make sure you ride at least once on the U-Bahn (subway) http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

Comment 7 by Thilo Hermann posted on 10/12/2012 at 7:45 PM

Most important rule for Munich: Don't mess with the Weißwurst!

Video Tutorial: http://www.videojug.com/fil...

Comment 8 by Vishal posted on 10/12/2012 at 7:48 PM

Ray - Do not miss teh Doner Kebaps in Germany - I survive on those when i am in Deutschland! These are a turkish import but are amazing in Germany.

Comment 9 by Mikel posted on 10/12/2012 at 9:13 PM

Ray - I asked a friend of mine from Germany and this is what she said:

As it's getting close to Christmas, he should look in the bakeries for: Christstollen and Lebkuchen. Maybe have some Gluhwein with these. Also definitely try some cakes and breads.

In terms of food, some of my favorites are:
Rindfleisch mit Meerrrettich,
Sauerbraten mit Kartoffelklossen,

Doner Kebab is also sold everywhere in the streets. It's very good and not too expensive.

But dishes (and the names for them) are really very regional. I can speak only for Northern Bavaria. It would probably be best to ask a local once he’s there.

Germany has around 5,000 types of beer. So, beer should not be a problem at all.

Comment 10 by Reinhard Jung posted on 10/15/2012 at 3:24 PM

"Bratenpfandl - Bräustuben" mit Ente, Schweinshax´n und Braten dazu Kartoffelknödel und Blaukraut:

Comment 11 by Reinhard Jung posted on 10/15/2012 at 3:24 PM

Any Questions on that? Just turn around ;-)

Comment 12 by Reinhard Jung posted on 10/15/2012 at 3:45 PM

ColdFusion Jedi seen (from behind) @cfCamp2012: https://www.facebook.com/se...

Comment 13 by Mikel posted on 10/16/2012 at 9:30 PM

So what good food and beer did you find?

Comment 14 by Raymond Camden posted on 10/17/2012 at 4:12 PM

Beer: I've been drinking the house beer wherever I go. So far it has been really good. I used to be into IPAs and stronger beers, but lately I've been enjoying simpler lagers and ales - and the beers I've had here are perfect.

Food: I've had plenty of sausage - and finally had Schnitzel(sp) last night. Loved it. I also had two very interesting berries - cow and gooseberry. These were fascinating.

I've also had suckling pork (not sure i'm saying that right) and it was excellent.

Don't tell anyone, but I had a pizza in the hotel restaurant for lunch though. ;)