Airport brewery

Free stopover guide – with coupons – for Munich Airport

Flying to or through Germany’s Munich Airport anytime soon? If so, be sure to download the free new stopover guide, which includes detailed information about all the airport amenities – from the “erotic boutique” and the Airbräu (the world’s first airport brewery) to the outdoor observation deck, the art exhibits, and the spas.

In addition to coupons for on-airport shops and restaurants, including free beer, wine, ice cream, and coffee (with very reasonable minimum purchases), the stopover guides offers discounts and information for tours in town.

Right now the airport is having its huge outdoor Christmas Market, complete with 300 fir trees, more than two dozen market stands, an ice-skating rink, live entertainment and visits from Santa.

Greetings from Munich Airport’s Airbräu

Munich Oktoberfest

(Photo courtesy Munich Tourist Office)

Oktoberfest, the two week long festival that runs this year through October 4th, is in full swing in Munich, Germany right now.  The celebration is one part mega-county fair and the rest – well, as I learned during an evening in the Hippodrome tent with local journalists and our hosts from Lufthansa airlines and Munich Airport – it’s as advertised: all about drinking, eating, and singing with a few thousand brand new best friends.

MUNICH Airbrau

(Photo courtesy Munich Airport)

For my much tamer introduction to German beer and beer culture, I first visited the Airbräu, the micro-brewery set in the large public area between the two terminals at Munich Airport.  Currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, this was Europe’s first airport microbrewery and seems to be as popular with locals as it is with travelers.

munich beergarden

Outdoors, there’s a large, festive beer garden that’s open from May through October. Indoors, the restaurant shares space with giant kettles and other machinery needed to produce about 115,000 gallons of beer each year.

There are other entertaining amenities at Munich Airport, which I’ll report on here shortly, but all in all, the Airbräu is a fun way to spend a few hours if you find yourself stuck at Munich Airport.