Freising - Sample Bavarian Beer straight from the World’s Oldest Brewery
Location: Near the capital of Bavaria
Freising is located in Upper Bavaria, 35 kilometres north of Munich, Central Europe’s main railway hub. The town is connected to Munich by the S1 S-Bahn line and other regional trains that run on a regular timetable. The closest major airport is Munich Airport, 11 km from the centre of the town.
Culture: A proud place in Catholic history
The main historical draw of Freising in the impressive Mariendom, the Saint Mary and Corbinian Cathedral. The magnificent twin towers of this Romanesque basilica were consecrated in 1250 and dominate the skyline. It was here that Pope Benedict XVI was ordained priest. The spectacular Baroque interior and Rococo cloisters were created in 1724. The four-nave Romanesque crypt with its intricate Bestiensäule (Beasts' Column), is the final resting place of St. Korbinian, the patron saint of the bishopric.
Activities: Beer, beer, we want more beer
Germany has a global reputation as one of the best beer producing countries in the world–if not the best–and you can sample Bavarian beer first hand on Weihenstephan Hill. Monks who settled here in the late 8th century built the Weihenstephan Abbey and started brewing their own beer–probably the oldest brewery in the world. You will get to appreciate the town simply by wandering through its narrow arteries and around the impressive Marienplatz square lined with typical Bavarian restaurants offering traditional local dishes—and drink a glass of the famous Erdinger beer, the local specialty.