Biergarten – typical of German culture
Comfortable, sociable, hospitable: What would Germany be without its beer gardens? A mug of beer under chestnuts trees, accompanied by a typical German food! Get to know this 200-year-old tradition.
What is a Biergarten
At first, Biergarten was an open-air tavern in the middle of trees where it was possible to eat the food you bring with you. Nowadays they are still outdoors and in the middle of the trees, but people no longer take their own food, because they are relaxed restaurants that serve typical German food, snacks, pizzas, salads, i.e. something that goes with the beer that is the star of the house.
Perfect to sit for hours with friends. Because they are seasonal, they always carry a holiday atmosphere.
How did Biergarten's culture begin?
The German brewing culture originated in Bavaria on 04.01.1812. On this historic day, the then King Max I of Bavaria allowed the breweries in Munich to serve their homemade Märzenbier with bread to guests. This permission was the end of a dispute over the licensing of beer, which had been raging for years between landlords and farmers. However, the farmers were not allowed to sell anything but their own beer.
The beer, however, had been consumed years before, but it was limited to the winter months because the drink was very perishable. That’s why the big breweries in Munich, who could afford it, built deep basements where the beer could be cooled with ice all year round. Often the chestnut trees were planted above the cellars and the gravel was spread to cool even more.
The inhabitants of Munich began to gather under these chestnut trees and drink beer. Brewers were happy to meet this demand and although they were not allowed to sell food, they were a tough competitor to neighbouring inns. The guests began to bring their own food, as well as tablecloths, wooden planks and sometimes even candles.
Where is the largest Biergarten in the world?
If you want to visit the biggest Biergarten in the world, you have to go to the Königlicher Hirschgarten in Munich, where it is located. It has room for about 8000 guests. There the beer is still produced from the so-called “Hirschen”, a 200-litre wooden barrel.
Fortunately, there are countless Biergarten all over Germany and they are open all day and all night too. So if you feel like visiting one and enjoying a cool beer under chestnut trees you won’t find it difficult to find one nearby!
Some TOP Biergarten in Berlin
This idyllic place under the shade of chestnut trees in Prenzlauer Berg is considered the oldest Biergarten in the city. Beer has been served at Prater since 1837 and no doubt home-made beer enchants visitors from many countries.
Located in the Kastanienallee, which is frequented by locals and tourists visiting Berlin, the Prater is always packed in summer.
Loretta am Wannsee
Located directly on the Wannsee, Loretta is a popular destination not only for cyclists and hikers but also for all those who simply want to enjoy the view of the Wannsee with a good beer.
Biergarten has been completely renovated in recent years, without losing its old charm. Families with children also like to go to Loretta as there are a playground and ping pong tables.
Loretta also has a tradition of showing off football games and gathering fans in big events like the European Football Championship or the World Cup.
Since the early 1950s, this beautiful Biergarten has been sitting directly at the Tiergarten Lock. When the weather is good and at weekends, getting a place to sit is not an easy task. But it pays off. The atmosphere is cosy, the beer wonderful and there is a variety of dishes and snacks.
In this Biergarten besides enjoying the river Spree, you can sit with a view to the Federal Chancellery and have a beer while the German Chancellor works. Here too you can enjoy typical German dishes like Weißwurst with pretzels, Flammkuchen with bacon and onions or Wienerwurstchen with potato salad.
Discover some Biergarten spontaneously
Walking or cycling around Berlin, dare to go beyond the central area, which you’re sure to find a very cosy Bierganrten. Then just allow yourself to enjoy this typical German wonder!
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