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Spezial
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

This is a brewery with rooms above. We stayed in the newly renovated rooms (we were the first) and they are lovely. Well thought out. Breakfast is hearty (included). And you can have a bedtime beer before going to your room. Easy walk from the train station. Easy walk over the bridge to the "old town". Warning: no elevator. You need to be able to carry your bags up the stairs. No internet available. There is a laundromat next door that you can connect to the internet for a fee if you absolutely need to get online. And you can do your laundry while you surf! I heard that Bamberg is trying to wire the town but has not happened yet.

Room Tip: The only downside is that we got a room facing the street and we had 2 or 3 weekend nights of interrupted sleep due to the drunken citizens walking home and singing/screaming at the top of their lungs. Assume that in the winter, with windows closed, the problem would be less. However, to make sure, ask for a room in the back, away from the street. However, if you need a room for 3 or 4 persons, those are all in the front.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Dianne M
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

This brewery is a little way out of the bustling and tourist areas BUT it is situated on the main train station side of the Bamberg. The walk into town and the famous tourist attractions is only about 5 -10 minutes away. We just LOVED our two nights here. Really good value for money, wonderful atmosphere, great traditional food and excellent Rauch (smoked) beer. Even the rooms, although fairly simple, are spacious and comfortable with well equipped bathrooms. I also loved the quaint beer garden in the central courtyard. Perfect place to relax after a days sightseeing. They even supplied us with safe parking for our car just behind the building in an underground parking garage. The staff were friendly and most hospitable. The fact that this brewery was constantly "packed" with people eating, drinking and chatting, simply says it all. Brauerei Spezial is an absolute must for a quick stopover in Bamberg!!! Cannot wait to go back...

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank waveracercraig
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Rauchbier was not quite as good as the Rauchbeir at Schlenkerla. I did like the atmosphere better at Spezial. After I had some beer and my wife had some wine we had some fun conversations with the locals. The Germans are amazing and I am grateful to their politeness to Americans who speak horrible German. I would go to Schlenkerla to drink beer but to have fun Spezial is my kind of place.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Nathan S
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Bamberg has many many places to eat and drink to suit all tastes. However, Brauerei Zum Spezial, as its name suggests, is special. It is a traditional Bamberg, half timbered brewery/pub. It brews a a very delicious and moreish smoked beer much loved by the locals and visitors lucky enough to try it. The food is very traditional, good and portions are large. Whenever I go to Bamberg (which is quite frequently) I try to stop here as guests of the Family Mertz. I'm not always successful because it only has seven (I believe) rooms. The rooms are quiet and very clean.Breakfast is simple but good. TV has been installed recently but it is all German channels - had there been a variety of countries represented it would have got another star. But hey, you're not in Bamberg to watch the telly! If the weather is fine go to the Spezial-Keller(beer garden) in the evening (800 seats and in Sternwartstrasse). The guesthouse is centrally situated enabling the visitor to sample many of the Bamberg beers. Don't miss Schlenkerla or Mahrs breweries.
One feature of all the Bamberg kellers is that as long as you drink their beer you can take your own food and have a picnic - and many families do! Cooked meals are also available. There are other beer gardens in this area and they are worth visiting.
There is building work going on next to the brewery and I believe this to be adding more hotel capacity to Spezial. Bamberg is well worth visiting (I have been going there for thirty+ years) and I still manage to find new experiences and re-live old ones. I believe the name Spezial comes from the local dialect word "Spezeln" meaning a gathering of friends. If Bamberg is the heaven of beers then Zum Spezial is surely the pearly gates!!

Room Tip: Rooms on the front may occasionally suffer from noise from "over refreshed" revellers and those on the back will have the sounds of a brewery starting its daily routine (music to MY ears). But neither is a problem.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank jubicles
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Very reasonable priced rooms, right above the brewery. Well, actually rooms are on the second floor, so you´ll experience no noise from the restaurant.
Within walking distance of everything Bamberg has to offer! The perfect spot, if you want to do a beer tasting tour of Bamberg and the surrounding area.

Rooms are very basic: No TV, no phone, no safe, no WIFI. “Just” a bed, small desk, chairs, closet and bathroom with toilet and shower. But it´s all clean and quiet.

Breakfast is served in a small and cozy room in the restaurant (First room on your left when you enter).
Let the staff now the night before, when you intend to get up the next day, and they´ll have the breakfast ready when you come down. Just perfect.
Simple breakfast (Selection of bread, boiled eggs, coffee/tea, juice, yogurt), but plenty to give you a good start on the day.

The restaurant serves good traditional food (Big portions) and some of the best beer in Bamberg.
Many locals, not many tourists. OPen for lunch (Until 14.00) and dinner.

Let them know if you arrive by car. Underground parking is available.

Fässla brewery is directly opposite the Spezial brewery.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Calle77
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