town in Bavaria, Germany

Kulmbach is a city in Franconia. Its main claim to fame is a high brewery density, which albeit much diminished with economic consolidation was historically quite remarkable.

UnderstandEdit

Get inEdit

 
Plassenburg

By trainEdit

  • 1 Kulmbach station. The sole extant rail line through Kulmbach leads from Bamberg to Hof and is not electrified through Kulmbach. It thus sees regional service only.    

By planeEdit

Nuremberg Airport (NUE IATA) is the closest airport with scheduled flights

By carEdit

Kulmbach is easily accessible on the autobahn A70, approximately 90 km north of Nuremberg and 40 km south of Hof.

Get aroundEdit

 
Map of Kulmbach

SeeEdit

There are two main breweries in Kulmbach, the small Kommunbrau Brewery and the big Kulmbacher Brauerei.

  • 1 Bavarian Brewery Museum.  
  • 2 Plassenburg. The castle towering over the town    
  • 3 St. Peter's church (Petrikirche). The oldest church in town and perhaps the oldest in all of Upper Franconia  

DoEdit

 
Bierfest at Saturday noon

EventsEdit

  • In March is spring market
  • In April or May there is public celebration (Volksfest) at Schwedensteg.
  • The annual Bierfest (Kulmbach Beer Festival) begins on the last Saturday in July and continues through until the first weekend in August. Getting accommodation might be a bit difficult at the time of the Bierfest. But not impossible, if you're early enough with for reservations.
  • The Alstadtfest (Old Town Festival) takes place on the first weekend in July and is organised by the restaurants, bars and pubs in the old part of the town.
  • Every other year odd-numbered years), Kulmbach hosts one of the world's largest model figure shows, Internationale Zinnfigurenbörse. Thousands of miniatures from exhibitors and retailers from around the world are on sale and display. Also visit the German Museum of Miniatures inside the Castle Plassenburg. Founded in 1929, the museum has more than 300,000 individual pieces.

BuyEdit

The Farmers Market, in front of the Town hall, takes place every Wednesday and Saturday 07:00-12:00, and sells fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, sausages and flowers.

EatEdit

Best of Kulmbach are fried sausages (Bratwurst) and beer.

BudgetEdit

  • 1 Imbiss Metzgerei Kleinheinz, E.-C.-Baumann-Str. 17A, 95326 Kulmbach, +49 9221 87485. The snack bar is popular with craftsmen, it is still cooked by hand and nothing comes from the bag. If you come outside business hours, you will find a vending machine that offers everything from sausage to ready-made pastries in glasses to barbecue. Schnitzelburger €4.20.
  • 2 Zum Gründla, Am Gründlein 5, 95326 Kulmbach, +49 9221 823884. M 16:00-23:00, W-Su 11:00-23:00. Kulmbach's youngest brewery, with an inn with good and inexpensive Franconian food. Main courses €4 to €10.

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DrinkEdit

 
Kulmbacher Kommunbräu

Kulmbacher Eisbock, ice bock, is a dark, tasty beer speciality with 9% alcoholic content. Overall Kulmbach is famous for its beer and several breweries still operate in town, though diverse factors have lead to a consolidation and reduction of independent breweries, with many either bought up by bigger companies or driven into bankruptcy.

  • 1 Kulmbacher Kommunbräu, Grünwehr 17, +49 9221 84490. 10:00-24:00. The last brewpub in Kulmbach, founded in 1994 as brewing cooperative . A small group of townspeople decided to open small brewery where they could make traditional, unfiltered beer. They offering a light “Hell” and a dark beer “Bernstein” and every month a special beer. The first taste of the new brew is every first Wednesday in month. It’s in a nice location, the building is an old water mill, but it’s the in-house brewery that sets it apart.
  • 2 Zunftstube, Obere Stadt 4, +49 9221 83377. M-Sa 10:00-24:00, Su 10:00-14:00. Oldest pub in town, interior furnishing from 1938.

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Go nextEdit

Visit Bamberg to see the medieval town and try the local smoked beer (Rauchbier) or to Bayreuth, is famous as the host of the Richard Wagner Festival, furthermore the Markgräfliches Opernhaus is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List



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