By the time September has rolled around, travelers are in search of fail foliage and perhaps more importantly a good Oktoberfest brew. And those beers are always better in a German atmosphere and outdoors. I made my way to Germany’s capital to sip on the beers at the historic Prater Garten, the oldest beer garden in the city. Before the cold sets into Berlin, make your way to Berlin and the Prater Garten for a taste of history in the city.
History with Your Brat and Beer: Prater Garten is one of Berlin’s many historic attractions. It remains the city’s oldest beer garden. Frothy brews have been poured in this outdoor space in the city since 1837. It would be the Kalbo Family’s purchase of the grounds in 1852 that would begin the space’s development. The Prater Garten would become a beer garden, outdoor café, restaurant, leisure space, and even a stage for performances and sporting events. It would survive bombing raids and the silence of life under East Germany.
Cheap Eats and Drinks: If you are in Berlin from April through September, you can take advantage of the Prater Garten’s cheap eats. The beer garden boasts menu items like a bratwurst sausage on a bread roll for just €3. Pretzels run just €2.50. A draught Prater Pils will set you back €3.50. A darker lager like the Prater Schwarzbier runs for the same price at €3.50. The Prater Garten has a whole list of menu options in terms of drinks and food. Orders can be placed at the two stands and then diners enjoy their cheap meal on picnic style tables in Berlin’s outdoors. The Prater Restaurant serves bigger plates of German fare at higher prices.
Where it is? A giant sign welcomes you to Prater Garten and its open oasis in the middle of Berlin. The Berlin staple resides in the neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg. The neighborhood is known for its broad sidewalk cafes, hip boutiques and even trendier people. Prenzlauer Berg is just a short walk from Eberswalder Strasse Station. The area has come a long way from its days in East Germany, brightening with endless people watching opportunities and colorful facades. Prater sets up on Kastanienalle 7-9.
When is it open? The Prater Beer Garden is only open April through September, weather permitting. On a sunny day in September, travelers in Berlin can stop by for a beer in the outdoor setting, just to get in the mood for Oktoberfest events. The beer garden is open beginning at 12:00. The Prater Restaurant however remains open year round Monday through Saturday from 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m.
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