Frankfurt’s best beer gardens

The Local's guide to Germany's best beer gardens makes an exception for Frankfurt's apple wine.


This rustic guest house has been a feature of the woods surrounding Sachsenhausen since 1880. The perfect end to a scenic hike through the area, Oberschweinstiege occupies a peninsula jutting out into the man-made lake Jacobiweiher. The spot is named for the pigs stalls that used to stand here in the Middle Ages, but never fear: the look and smell have greatly improved since the days of the Holy Roman Empire. Enjoy a freshly-poured Hefeweizen and one of the many local Hessian specialities on the gravel-covered terrace, where up to 400 guests can convene in the sun or shade. Don’t forget to try the apple wine and perhaps some homemade cake with fresh-roasted coffee for dessert.

0.4L beer from €2.60

Open daily from 10 am


The former site of a tannery and mill, the Gerbermühle reflects perhaps one of the most Hessian of Frankfurt’s many faces. A newly-erected designer hotel, however, doesn’t threaten the timeless charm of this historical location with its refreshingly traditional biergarten on the southern bank of the Main River. As the story goes, this was the place where Goethe conducted his famous affair with the wife of the wealthy banker Willemer – a reminder of Frankfurt’s deep roots as both a financial and cultural centre. Reopened in 2007 after renovations, the 500-seat venue will whisk you back in time, with the clean-cut modern bankers creating a nice bit of historical juxtaposition. Weekends see the grounds fill with young families, all enjoying “Speis und Trank” in good Hessian fashion.

0.5L beer from €4.20

Open daily from 1:30 pm

Zur Stalburg

Those seeking a slightly different beer garden experience can mosey on over to Zur Stalburg, a centrally-located Apfelweinkneipe, or apple wine pub. As such, this venue, situated in a cosy patch of trees in the heart of Frankfurt, does not qualify as a beer garden in the traditional sense. Nonetheless, patrons can enjoy some freshly-tapped dark beer in addition to house-pressed apple wine – a Frankfurt speciality. Don’t hesitate to check out the adjoining theatre: this institution is well-known throughout Frankfurt for its unusually large repertoire of self-produced plays. All of the delicious food and drink available in the garden outside is also available for consumption inside during performances – just be sure to order your grub before the show begins.

Open daily from 4 pm


What this locale perhaps lacks in the cheap-dining department, it certainly makes up for in atmosphere. Patrons to Bürgelstollen sit perched atop a woodsy hillside with an incredible view over the city pool, not to mention the Frankfurt skyline. Hessian specialities abound here, including traditionally-prepared frankfurters and apple wine on tap. Fans of Kölsch-style beer enjoyment will be pleased to find this here along with Schwarz and Hefe beers. Cold dishes and menu options for the kids round out the gastronomic offerings here. It all makes Bürgelstollen one of Frankfurt’s most breathtaking beer garden experiences.

0.25L beer from €2.00

Open daily from 5 pm


We admit it lacks gravel, the greenery isn’t native, and you’re not allowed to bring your own food. Despite the shortage of traditional beer garden features, Deck8 is an experience in its own right. Situated atop the parking garage to Frankfurt’s Peek & Cloppenburg building, this high-elevation beach bar affords patrons a breathtaking view of the impressive “Mainhatten” skyline. Up to 500 guests can sit or lay about pools and palm trees over 1700 square metres of roof space. Plus, never fear the rain at this location, as a glass house allows guests to stay dry and still enjoy the gorgeous view. Beware the small €3 cover charge after 6 pm.

0.33L beer from €3.00

Open daily from 11 am

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EXPLAINED: Berlin’s latest Covid rules

In response to rapidly rising Covid-19 infection rates, the Berlin Senate has introduced stricter rules, which came into force on Saturday, November 27th. Here's what you need to know.

A sign in front of a waxing studio in Berlin indicates the rule of the 2G system
A sign in front of a waxing studio indicates the rule of the 2G system with access only for fully vaccinated people and those who can show proof of recovery from Covid-19 as restrictions tighten in Berlin. STEFANIE LOOS / AFP

The Senate agreed on the tougher restrictions on Tuesday, November 23rd with the goal of reducing contacts and mobility, according to State Secretary of Health Martin Matz (SPD).

He explained after the meeting that these measures should slow the increase in Covid-19 infection rates, which was important as “the situation had, unfortunately, deteriorated over the past weeks”, according to media reports.

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Essentially, the new rules exclude from much of public life anyone who cannot show proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19. You’ll find more details of how different sectors are affected below.

If you haven’t been vaccinated or recovered (2G – geimpft (vaccinated) or genesen (recovered)) from Covid-19, then you can only go into shops for essential supplies, i.e. food shopping in supermarkets or to drugstores and pharmacies.

Many – but not all – of the rules for shopping are the same as those passed in the neighbouring state of Brandenburg in order to avoid promoting ‘shopping tourism’ with different restrictions in different states.

2G applies here, too, as well as the requirement to wear a mask with most places now no longer accepting a negative test for entry. Only minors are exempt from this requirement.

Sport, culture, clubs
Indoor sports halls will off-limits to anyone who hasn’t  been vaccinated or can’t show proof of recovery from Covid-19. 2G is also in force for cultural events, such as plays and concerts, where there’s also a requirement to wear a mask. 

In places where mask-wearing isn’t possible, such as dance clubs, then a negative test and social distancing are required (capacity is capped at 50 percent of the maximum).

Restaurants, bars, pubs (indoors)
You have to wear a mask in all of these places when you come in, leave or move around. You can only take your mask off while you’re sat down. 2G rules also apply here.

Hotels and other types of accommodation 
Restrictions are tougher here, too, with 2G now in force. This means that unvaccinated people can no longer get a room, even if they have a negative test.

For close-contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, it’s up to the service providers themselves to decide whether they require customers to wear masks or a negative test.

Football matches and other large-scale events
Rules have changed here, too. From December 1st, capacity will be limited to 5,000 people plus 50 percent of the total potential stadium or arena capacity. And only those who’ve been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 will be allowed in. Masks are also compulsory.

For the Olympic Stadium, this means capacity will be capped at 42,000 spectators and 16,000 for the Alte Försterei stadium. 

3G rules – ie vaccinated, recovered or a negative test – still apply on the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams and buses in Berlin. It was not possible to tighten restrictions, Matz said, as the regulations were issued at national level.

According to the German Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, people have to wear a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask  on public transport.

Christmas markets
The Senate currently has no plans to cancel the capital’s Christmas markets, some of which have been open since Monday. 

According to Matz, 2G rules apply and wearing a mask is compulsory.

Schools and day-care
Pupils will still have to take Covid tests three times a week and, in classes where there are at least two children who test positive in the rapid antigen tests, then tests should be carried out daily for a week.  

Unlike in Brandenburg, there are currently no plans to move away from face-to-face teaching. The child-friendly ‘lollipop’ Covid tests will be made compulsory in day-care centres and parents will be required to confirm that the tests have been carried out. Day-care staff have to document the results.

What about vaccination centres?
Berlin wants to expand these and set up new ones, according to Matz. A new vaccination centre should open in the Ring centre at the end of the week and 50 soldiers from the German army have been helping at the vaccination centre at the Exhibition Centre each day since last week.

The capacity in the new vaccination centre in the Lindencenter in Lichtenberg is expected to be doubled. There are also additional vaccination appointments so that people can get their jabs more quickly. Currently, all appointments are fully booked well into the new year.