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Cervecería Kunstmann and Museo de la Cerveza - Museum Valdivia - Chile

To have a taste of home, German immigrants in Valdivia began brewing their own beer. With the 1960 earthquake, however, all the cervecerías were destroyed. Nary had a drop come out of the taps, until 1991 when the Kunstmann family pulled out the malt, barley, hops and yeast to once more make beer according to the Reinheitsgebot, or Empèror Konrad II of Hohenstaufen’s Edict of Purity (1516). This history is all explained in the Museo de la Cerveza at Cervecereía Kunstmann. Besides brewing das gute Bier, the family also has a restaurant serving German-style food, including spätzel, chucrut (sauerkraut) and mugs of the seven varieties of beer it makes. Large windows behind the bar reveal the brew vats. The restaurant is adorned with beer bottles and cans from around the world and German beer-themed postcards.

Camino a Niebla, Ruta T-350, no. 950
Near Valdivia, Valdivia, Chile

Museum Types:
Beer museum

Getting There
From in front of Valdivia’s Terminal de Bus or along Calle Carampangue catch a No. 20 bus ($0.80). Tell the driver to let you off at Kunstmann, which is 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) after crossing Puente Cruces bridge from Isla Teja to the mainland west o

Price Description: The museum is free

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Daily noon

Open Hours to:Daily midnight, December 24 and 31 open only to 4 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

Visit the history, anthropology, arts and science museums; catch a concert or movie; spend an afternoon strolling through the Jardín Botánico and Parque Saval on Isla Teja; take a boat tour to the Spanish fortresses or to Punucapa village; explore the beaches and fortalezas of Niebla, Corral and Isla Mancera; visit Parque Oncol and other nature reserves. Further afield, go kayaking or fishing in the Seven Lakes Region.

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

Contact Information:
Phone: 29-2969

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