Top 5 Quirky Beer Gardens in Berlin
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Suddenly it’s May. That means Spring! As soon as the sun and warmth start to appear so do crowds of people in Berlin in search of fresh, bright spaces to soak up some afternoon sun and perhaps enjoying a drink or two in a Berlin beer garden. Well if you’re planning a Berlin break, you should know that this city is quickly becoming a top European city for afternoon fun and laughter, although some still underrate it, there are in fact many things to do in the vibrant German capital.
These include visiting the world-famous landmarks, The Berlin Television Tower (low cost), Alexanderplatz Worldtime Clock (free) and the Reichstag Building (free but need to book in advance). However a quintessential Berlin activity that should be on the list for any visitor, during the warmer months, is visiting a German beer garden (Biergarten in German). So here I want to share my top 5 quirky Beer gardens in Berlin worth a visit.
1. Prater Garten, the oldest Beer Garden in Berlin
To start with, don’t miss out on a stop to Berlins oldest Beer Garden: Prater Garten. Dating back to 1837, this Prenzlauer Berg institution can accommodate up to 300 guests in a mini-forest of shady chestnut trees. They serve tasty beer and fast food, typically sausages and fries, but also Schnitzel, potato salad, and mustard eggs. The beer garden is on Kastanienallee, one of the most popular streets in Berlin, full of shops selling hip clothes and souvenirs.
2. Schleusenkrug, a classic-style Biergarten
Schleusenkrug is a classic-style biergarten situated near the Tiergarten, right on the canal and perfect pub to swing by if you’ve been watching animals at the nearby Berlin Zoo. Here you can enjoy a nice variety of German-style beers and food while admiring tha pleasant scenery and waving to the passing boats. What makes it even better when the good weather comes, is the grill that gets fired up to serve brats and other goodies, it couldn’t get better than this! Find Schleusenkrug on Müller-Breslau-Str.
3. Loretta, a mandatory stop in Berlin
Then there is Loretta, a mandatory stop for locals and tourists alike. Although it is in Wannsee on the outskirts of Berlin, Loretta’s is one of the most traditional Biergartens in the city, so your journey is worth the effort! Gorgeous scenery and an exceptional selection of German-style brews and grub will provide you with an authentic and enriching Biergraten experience.
4. Bierhof Rüdersdorf, a beer hall from the former Eastern bloc
Bierhof Rüdersdorf, in Rüdersdorfer Straße 70, is an attractive window into Berlins’ wild nightlife scene. Why is it so peculiar? Here you can witness a variety of personalities, from German grandparents to young expats to party-goers stopping off for after a heavy night of dancing. Different worlds collide (and mingle) at this Cold War architecture Biergarten, and its location in a district that represents one of Berlin’s more colorful sides. Making it really attracting for creative and party-hardy patrons that prefer their beer… for breakfast!
5 Zenner, off the beaten path, but always great fun
Last but not least: Zenner, Alt Treptow 14, South Berlin, near Treptower Park. This spacious beer garden has long-beer tables placed under giant blue umbrellas. Zenner is a hike, but also a secret amongst locals. In the past few years, it has been slowly discovered by young Berliners and it now has become very popular with senior citizens and bohemian expats alike. They enjoy Pilsners and Weiss beers sitting side by side. Zenner is open only on Saturdays and Sundays.
Speaking of Berlin Beer Gardens, if you happen to be in Berlin in August, check out The Berlin Beer Festival, the world’s longest Biergarten. Over a million people gather every year to drink and taste different varieties of beer from 180 different brewers in Germany (of course), Czech Republic, Belgium, and the UK, eat sausages, and celebrate Germany’s love for every Weizen, Kölsch, and Bock you can imagine. Hope you enjoyed my Top 5 choice for Beer gardens in Berlin.