• Germany's news in English
 

Berlin's best beer gardens

The Local · 1 Jun 2009, 17:30

Published: 01 Jun 2009 17:30 GMT+02:00

Schrörs am Müggelsee

Situated next to one of Berlin's most scenic lakes, Schrörs am Müggelsee offers patrons a stunning view as a light breeze off the water helps cool the terrace. Don't forget to try Flammkuchen, a type of tasty Alsace pizza, and some of special beers on tap like Kirschbier (cherry beer). The crowds, which begin trickling in around 6 pm, are usually a pleasant mix of families, local retirees and young folks: conveniently, there's a giant blow-up castle to keep the kiddies entertained, although the constant parade of passing boats often proves equally enthralling.

0.3L beer from €2.20

Open daily from 11 am

www.schroers-online.de

Van Loon

Named for the retired cargo yacht it incorporates, Van Loon is part beer garden, part restaurant, part pier and part boat-docked-at-a-pier. Thanks not least to its nautical, patchwork charm, this breezy spot on Berlin's Carl-Herz-Ufer is an area favourite: markedly sunny, yet cool during the day, it is the perfect place to loiter. Should you grow hungry between water-ripple gazing and awing at the relentless dedication with which the local Bohemians avoid day jobs, you're in luck: the seafood is delicious. If it's sweet you're after, try one of the menu's elaborate ice cream medleys (also available to go). Or just sit back and enjoy the most obvious (and economical) option, as a number of frothy beer varieties await your every hankering. Also, don't forget to check out the company's year-round boat tours including on-ship buffet.

0.4L beer from €2.90

Open daily from 10 am

www.vanloon.de

Brachvogel

Escape the summer sun at Brachvogel, a botanical haven along one of Kreuzberg’s beloved canals. Das grüne Herz am Ufer, or "the green heart on the bank," as it fondly refers to itself, is the perfect place to eat, drink and socialise the mildly-uncomfortable Berlin heat away. Cedar facades and a reserved, yet attentive wait staff make for a welcoming atmosphere, whether you're a party of five or just looking to get some face time with your favourite newspaper.

Centrally located with a playground, Brachvogel remains coolly peaceful until about dinnertime, when bustling groups of hungry patrons mosey in for a comprehensive selection of warm German dishes plus some cooler Mediterranean options. Also, don't forget to take a swing (or putt, rather) at the mini-golf course, which happens to be turning 50 this year.

0.3L beer from €1.80

Open daily from 9 am

www.brachvogel-berlin.de

Golgatha

Wrapped in the leafy embrace of Kreuzberg's Viktoriapark, Golgatha seems to hibernate until about 7 pm, when afterwork crowds quickly jolt it to life: a bustling ground level garden is crowned by the bright, yet subdued rooftop terrace. Although the beer line down below may be among the slowest in the western world, the roof incorporates a second, less congested place to order your beverage of choice. Seating options are plentiful: kick back in beach chairs of a couple different varieties, or nestle up to some strangers at more traditional bench tables – that is, until the dance floor heats up.

Parents will be pleased to find they can easily duck in for a bit of phrenic release after an exhausting afternoon at the adjacent playground. And if you're just not in the mood to socialise, what better way to let everyone know than hunching over your laptop with some free wireless internet?

0.3L beer from €2.20

Open daily from 10:00 am

www.golgatha-berlin.de

Fischerhütte am Schlachtensee

Legend has it that a hut was first built at the present-day site of Fischerhütte on Berlin's lake Schlachtensee in 1759 to house an oversized amount of fish. The structure was later converted to a roadhouse, where Fredrick the Great often stopped off on his carriage rides from Potsdam to Berlin. Today, the location is treasured for its historical significance and especially luscious surroundings, including a spot on the bank of one of Berlin's less-spoiled bodies of water.

0.3L beer from €3.00

Open daily from 9:00 am

www.fischerhuette-berlin.de

Pratergarten

As Berlin's oldest beer garden, Prater is a staple of the capital city's summer scene. According to local legend, the first cold mugs were distributed here in 1837 at the hands of a man known only as Porath. More official accounts show that the Family Kalbo purchased the establishment in 1852, subsequently expanding operations to coincide with the wave of coffee houses and beer gardens that swept the country in the 19th century. Two world (and one cold) war later, Pratergarten has watched the trendy Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood grow up around it for a second time, which has helped return this locale's status as one of Berlin's most notable outdoor venues.

0.4L beer from €3.00

Open daily from 12 noon, April through September

www.pratergarten.de

Schleusen Krug

Once nothing more than a small kiosk along the Spree River, this spot originally promised drinks and ice cream to parched boat passengers and pedestrians. Following World War II, the Family Fistler gave it the name Schleusen Krug in 1954 on top of the river sluice for passing boats. That meant, however, that this leafy beer garden was subject to some political drama during the Cold War. Communist East Germany controlled the water traffic on the Spree, meaning the locks underneath Schleusen Krug, but not the West Berlin river bank aboveground.

Some 50 years later, Schleusen Krug has become a pan-Berlin institution still situated in a beautiful patch of woods at the western edge of the city's central Tiergarten park.

0.2L beer from €2.50

Open daily from 10 am

www.schleusenkrug.de

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Today's headlines
Germany's first mosque excavated near Berlin
Excavation of the mosque site outside Berlin. Photo: Freie Universität

Germany's first mosque excavated near Berlin

35 minutes ago

Archaeologists have excavated the remains of Germany's oldest mosque on the outskirts of Berlin, a team from the capital city's Free University (FU) announced on Monday.

Kiel scientists: MH370 search in wrong place
The Malaysia Airlines plane which disappeared on March 8th 2014. Photo: Laurent ERRERA / Wikimedia Commons.

Kiel scientists: MH370 search in wrong place

57 minutes ago

German scientists have challenged conventional wisdom on the crash site of the MH370, the Malaysia Airlines plane missing since March 2014, suggesting the search is being conducted in the wrong place.

Five reasons to love Germany in autumn
What's not to love about the start of Lebkuchen season? Photo: DPA

Five reasons to love Germany in autumn

1 hour ago

September 1st may be the first day of autumn, but it's not all sad news for those living in Germany. Here are five reasons why we should welcome autumn with open arms.

Opinion
Studying in Germany left me down in the dumps
Students in a lecture theatre at Cologne University. Photo: DPA

Studying in Germany left me down in the dumps

2 hours ago

Finnish student Juuso Nisula moved to Cologne to study business administration, but found a catalogue of failings instead in the model of German educational efficiency he was expecting. He explains just what went wrong - and how to fix it - in an opinion piece republished by The Local.

Teen fined for sharing 13-year-old ex's sexts
Photo:DPA

Teen fined for sharing 13-year-old ex's sexts

3 hours ago

A court in Berlin has ordered a teenager to pay €500 in damages to his 13-year-old ex-girlfriend after sharing intimate pictures of her over WhatsApp, the girl's lawyer has revealed.

Migrant crisis
Munich police swamped with refugee donations
A woman working for Refugee Aid Munich (Flüchtlingshilfe München) hands a soft toy to a refugee child. Photo: DPA

Munich police swamped with refugee donations

10 hours ago

UPDATE: As over 1,000 refugees arrived in Munich from Hungary by train on Tuesday, police in the Bavarian capital said they were "overwhelmed" by the amount of food, water and other supplies donated by local people to those in need.

Löw backs Schweini after shaky United start
Bastian Schweinsteiger. Photo: DPA

Löw backs Schweini after shaky United start

4 hours ago

Germany coach Joachim Löw is backing Bastian Schweinsteiger to brush off his shaky start at Manchester United when he captains his country in Friday's key Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland.

Unemployment level stays at record low
Photo: DPA

Unemployment level stays at record low

5 hours ago

German unemployment remained at historically low levels in August as the recovery in Europe's biggest economy continued on track, data showed on Tuesday.

Bavarian minister uses n-word on live TV
Singer Roberto Blanco (left) and Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann (right). Photo: DPA:

Bavarian minister uses n-word on live TV

7 hours ago

Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann (CDU) has become the target of widespread outrage after calling singer Roberto Blanco a "wonderful negro" on live television - and failing to apologize when challenged on Tuesday morning.

Orang-utan shot after shocking zoo breakout
File photo: DPA

Orang-utan shot after shocking zoo breakout

9 hours ago

Zoo workers in Duisburg shot an orang-utan late on Monday evening after two of the apes escaped from their cage in the westerly city.

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS

Features
'Berlin is kind of like the best American city'
Features
How Brits in Germany are facing Brexit fears
Sport
German named 'arse bombing' world champ
Travel
Retiree finds parked car after three-week search
National
Ten ways Germany puts Britain to shame
Business & Money
German gadget clamps down on Nutella thieves
Society
Is Germany now a nation of couch potatoes?
National
Half of Germans 'have had sex in their car'
Society
Deadly stew spooks home vegetable gardeners
Politics
The man who brought two Germanies together
Features
Where to get your culture fix in Cologne
Education
Fairytale world of Brothers Grimm brought to life
Rhineland
Thieves leave 1,000 open beers untasted
National
Way to some Germans' hearts is through their wallets
National
Germany's biggest challenge: European refugee crisis
Travel
Where to get your adrenaline pumping in Germany
Technology
Could thieves hack into luxury cars?
What to watch out for when snapping your lunch
National
German lefties through history
National
The fight over prostitution heats up
National
Merkel: migrants, not Greece, are the real challenge
Features
How I explained the Queen to the Germans
Education
Why Germany does 'back-to-school' traditions better
National
Germans are ‘not how foreigners think’
National
A mum and daughter reunite 70 years after WWII
Sport
Bra stops bullet in hunting mishap miracle
National
Cows trample German woman to death in Graubünden Alps
Business & Money
Start-up helps new Berliners short cut bureaucracy
National
The 1,000s of Germans massacred after the Second World War
Sport
Germany star scores own goal with PR gaffe
Features
'Women-only' parking: sensible or sexist?
Politics
Satire and reality blur in parody party's strife
National
13-year-old boy detained for trying to join Isis
Culture
Berlin restaurant serves up Greek Crisis Menu
Rhineland
Doctor on trial after woman wakes in morgue
Society
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Society
Police bust kinky Bavarian couple over painful love-making
Politics
Merkel brings Palestinian girl to tears
Hamburg
Amateur archaeologist finds Nazi gold hoard
National
Could Merkel learn a lesson in love from this doppelganger?
Travel
Why you should stay in Germany for the summer holidays
Sport
German press tell Schweinsteiger 'good riddance'
National
Hamburg gets a bouncing 100kg baby girl
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

6,984
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd