So on a sunny day, I like to head for the mountains. Today, my sister and I hopped in the car and drove to one of my favorite lakes, Tegernsee. Tegernsee is a fantastic place to spend a day, whether you want to go swimming and soak in some sun, wander around the picturesque Bavarian towns on the lakeside, or take a hike up into the mountains to get panoramic views of the lake and to have lunch at one of the mountain huts that serves typical hiker fare (schnitzel, soup, pretzels and obatzda, and of course beer - Germans like to remind me that beer is isotonic, and therefore the perfect post-exercise drink. Actually, I really think there is something to that). At Tegernsee I also like to visit the Hofbräu Brewery on Tegernsee. Like many breweries in Germany, it was founded like a thousand years ago by a Benedictine order- literally. I think the year was 1050. The Tegernsee brewery is reputedly the second oldest in Germany, after the Weihenstephan Brewery in Freising (also just outside Munich, and a topic for a later post).
Tegernseer Hell is a very common, well-known beer in Germany, and is, I believe, exported as "Tegernseer Spezial". The brewery is a fun place to visit on a sunny summer day, as it is part of a palace complex on the lake. It is always full, with locals and tourists, and it's an excellent place for just sitting, letting the day slowly drift away, and watching the large array of colorful characters that inevitably pass by. Also, there are always lots of men, both old and young, who come here wearing their lederhosen It just seems appropriate.
Herzogliches Bräustüberl Tegernsee