If you want to drink beer the way the locals do, then this is the place. Not many so many tourists make it out to beautiful Prenzlauerberg, but it is worth the trip. The beer is priced right and there is good bar food available, too. Outside seating on a nice evening is such a treat. Along Kastinienalle are many fun restaurants and shops, too.
While you're in the area check out the Kulturbraueri a few blocks away and the famous original east berlin currywurst stand Konnopke's near the Eberwalderstr Ubahn. Also just a few blocks away is the Mauerpark and just beyond there is the best section of the Berlin Wall still standing at the Bernauerstr Ubahn and running a few blocks down.
For my first visit here, I expected more to this place, especially since I'd heard so many good things. But maybe it's my fault for going during the WM.
First, the good. There is a lot of seating, the area is expansive and welcoming, and it really is the perfect spot to drink a beer on a warm summer day while being lazy and catching up with friends.
Now, the bad. During the WM, they check your bags, and I knew this, so I purposely made sure not to have any food or drinks. I did have my EMPTY Nalgene, and they wouldn't let me in with it, instead suggesting I leave it in the boxes to the side. No dude, not doing that. Luckily a friend lives next door and I could leave it in her flat.
Then you get in, and the beer is pretty expensive for Berlin. €3.50 for the .4l Pils or Schwarzbier, €4 for the Hefeweizen. Plus some bottled beers and other drinks. Oh, and if you are buzzing hard and want to drink water to sober up a bit and curb an impending hangover, lucky you, you can buy "table water" from them at €3 for .4l. That's 50 cents cheaper than a beer for carbonated water. I didn't even bother asking about tap water, because a friend told me they charge for that too. Eff that noise--I filled my empty beer cup up with tap water from the bathroom because charging for tap water is not cool.
There's also food available, but it's all meat and cheese (vegans take note). I think the only things I could have eaten were almonds, olives, or a pickle. This was not that big of a bother, except that I was hoping that if you have six different kinds of meet, maybe there would be fries. So my hopes were dashed, but I had checked the menu online ahead of time, so I knew I would be SOL.
Finally they had a lot of TVs, which was awesome, but one was set up so that there was a massive glare on it for half the game. It is what it is, but I would have thought that working at a beer garden and expecting the masses to come out for a game, they would have maybe figured out by now where to put a TV so that people could actually see what's going on... never mind the technical difficulties (like when the TV just turned off mid-game).
Anyway, not a bad spot to grab a beer in the sun, but don't spend all your money in one place (this place), because your euro won't go very far.
After my friend was taking me by foot all around town, I felt like I needed to gain these calories back again. So why not a beer? :D
We ended up here - and man - that is one crowded place. was totally overwhelmed.
If you plan to get here in a big group youll have to get really lucky to find a place to sit, if you are a few people, just squeeze in with someone else - cool, and social!
You can pick a beer out of the variety they offer, and you can also grab a local German snack right next to it. it's all self service - but waiters will take the empty glasses back.
There's an actual restaurant for the hungry people right next to the beer garden...
It was all quite busy and crowded but quite an experience - that's a good place to hang out on a warn evening, prices are a bit high but I did like it.
If you're looking for a beer garden in Prenzlauer Berg I would suggest to go. It's spacious and has - at least underneath the trees - a real beer garden feeling - the back parts feel like your back in the GDR. Anyway beer was good although there is never much variety. We tried the brezel and obazda (Bavarian cheese mix) and were not impressed at all. It is after all a Berlin imitation of a Bavarian beer garden. But overall we enjoyed the ambiance.
Yes you'll be surrounded by American students and ernest middle aged backpackers clutching their Lonely Rough Planets, but there are a fair few Berliner's here too.
A vast outdoor sea of yellow tables with self service counters for booze and the ubiquitous wurst. Decent beers, plenty of room and a buzzy atmosphere mean it's a perfect place to take in a summer's evening...
A must go biergarten for Berlin - especially if your in/near Prenzlauerberg!
A huge garden with places for about 500-700 ppl over the old space for the local swimming pool... you can actually see the old high-dive diving boards! Great location just about 5 mins walk from Mauer Park.
Although the beer was slightly more expensive for German standards, everything was still quite affordable. Try the Berliner Weisse, it's refreshing. Also, the pickle for 1 euro was a delicious surprise!!
This is a absolute must if you want a for-sure beer-garden experience. Relatively big open-air beer-garden with efficient self-service, a good beer menu and reasonable prices. In a nice neighborhood and a good atmosphere all around. Definitely coming back :-)
A perennial favorite, this historic biergarten is hidden back away with just the snazzy snake sign to let you know there is something back there (recently updated). I also am a fan of the shimmering silver "Prater" sign on the next door building.
It is a little pricier and touristy compared to other biergartens, but this historic site is a must-go on a summer visit. It is particularly lovely as the light begins to fall and the many strings of bulbs overhead light up. Get a sausage, sample one of the bizarre syrup/beer concoctions (Berliner Weisse) and enjoy the German-ness of it all.
I would love to write a really lenghy review telling you just how great Prater Garten is,but any review I write would pale in comparison to that written by my good lady wife Ange Z. So read that instead.
What I will say though is if you are planning on visiting Berlin then you would be a fool not to eat at this awesome place!!
Don't miss this in Berlin!
Classic biergarten - things were pretty low key here when we stopped in for a litre or two on a Wednesday night, but there was a wide range of people (tourists and locals, kids, students, business men & families etc.) who all looked like they were enjoying themselves, and more importantly the beer.
You would like to enjoy the outdoors while having a nice snack at a reasonable price ? Don't look any further, the Biergarten is the solution !
All you need is to take your pick among the Bratwurst, Kartoffeln and so on, then choose your favourite beer or lemonade and head to one of the benches.It's so big that you'll rarely run out of space. The kind of place you want to share with family and friends, where you can sit down for hours surrounded by greenery, and chill out while listening to the birds.
Prater is the oldest Biergarten in Berlin and hasn't lost its charm. If you're there on a Sunday afternoon, don't miss the public karaoke in nearby Mauerpark, so much fun !
I got no beef with this place. I got the goulash.
And a Pilsner mixed with Diet Coke.
Loved the feel of it,
Lifted from another time.
Jealous of Germans.
We were in Berlin on a weekend away, hungry, in fact we were ravenous and we decided on a trip to The Bird for one of their legendary burgers. We hadn't booked a table, it was after 8 on a Thursday and the place was packed out. With the next table available at 11 we decided to go elsewhere and after checking the map and guidebook (a constant but generally unhelpful thing on this trip) we realized we were a short (if somewhat complicated) walk away from a traditional beergarden which served food. We set off past the stadium and arrived (more through luck than skill) at Prater Garten.
We wandered in to the deserted outside seating and found the bierhall (a long wooden building) and stepped through the door. We were immediately enveloped in noise, laughter and general merriment and seated amongst the crowds at a table for two. We ordered beer (schwartzbier for Mr Z and a weisse rot for me) and perused the menu of German delights. Starters of chanterelle or potato and sausage soup, salads, schnitzel, gulasch, bread dumplings and strudel, all simple but hearty goodness and all eliciting little squeals of joy from me as I read them.
We both settled on the schnitzel seeing as we had previously heard of their face-sized proportions and felt like stuffing our faces. The menu described the dish as Wiener schnitzel with potato salad and cucumber salad, which Mr Z is none too keen on (the S - word and all things green tasting are things of horror!) but undeterred he supped his beer and waited.
It was easy to relax whilst waiting for our food, the atmosphere was convivial and the diners consisted of a whole range of people from tourists, after work groups, families and couples of various ages. The place was busy but not overcrowded and the waiting staff were constantly on the move but managing to be incredibly friendly and efficient.
Our food arrived, two bowls of thinly sliced cucumber in a sour cream and dill dressing, and two massive plates loaded with thin crisp schnitzel and a delightfully golden mound of potato salad studded with chives. With a "mahlzeit" from the waitress we tucked in. The schnitzel was enormous, more than face-sized and beautifully tender and juicy. The coating was just thick enough to cover the meat in a sheet of yielding but crunchy crumb and obviously just out of the pan, and the whole experience of eating a piece was utter bliss, as silence seemed to descend for a brief moment of heaven. The potato salad was glorious, soft but not mashy, mustardy but not sharp, creamy and lemony with tiny hits of oniony loveliness from the chives and served slightly warm. Mr Z actually enjoyed his, but gave me his cucumber salad which was a bonus as I adore German cucumber salad to extreme levels!!
We unashamedly cleaned our plates and enjoyed every second of the meal, so much so that we returned for round two on the final night of our 4 day stay.
We arrived at much the same time as our first visit and being a warm Saturday night there were a good number of people sat out on the tables both on the restaurant decking and within the garden itself. Again as we entered the place was busy and loud and we were warmly greeted and taken to our table by a lovely waiter. This time I opted for a potato soup and beef gulasch and Mr Z once more ordered a schnitzel. The soup was delicious, a mix of creamy potato with chunks of smoky sausage and warm buttered bread to dunk in it, served in a deep white tureen style bowl. The schnitzel was as good as the first if not even better, and my gulasch was a rich deep brown, thick and packed with meltingly soft onion and intensely smokey paprika with a seriously generous helping of slow stewed large chunks of beef that fell apart when gently prodded with a spoon. It was served with two large semmelknodel (bread dumpling) which were probably the closest thing I could get to my many very happy childhood memories of my auntie's cooking in Austria. I was in food nirvana as was Mr Z and once more we filled our bellies to the extreme.
Ok, it's not particularly cheap to eat a schnitzel here (19 Euros) but it is veal, not pork, and it tastes bloody incredible so that in itself is worth the spend. Go there hungry and I would suggest reserving a table (just like everywhere good in Berlin) especially if you go in the summer because I'm sure it gets stupidly busy but you really must go there.
We went here for a beer garden experience but it was raining so we ate inside. Still really nice friendly service, English menus & wait staff fluent. Lots of family with kids (it was 7pm) but looks like it gets more 'grown-up' later (in a good way).
Outdoor seating looked ample, with 'walk-up' food counter to order at.
A collegue and I visited Berlin on business in late May. Our last night in town, we went seeking an outdoor venue with beer and something to eat - mostly beer. A friend recommended we try the Prater Garten, advertised as Berlin's oldest bier garten. We were not disappointed. In a very nice hipster neighborhood, the Prater Garten has a large outdoor seating area under very mature trees. There is a small playground for kids. We sat at one of the many long picnic tables and enjoyed several different beers, several wursts (beef, polish, lamb) along with potatoe salad, soft pretzels and pickles. It absolutely hit the spot.
You order your beer from one set of windows. You order food from another. I was in charge of the food line. The staff thankfully spoke good english, which was very nice considering I speak zero German. Everyone from the staff to the other patrons was very friendly.
The weather was also very nice......and that doesn't hurt.
After about 17 hours roaming around Berlin, my newfound friends were hungry. I was ravenous -- which is why i practically sprinted here once her hotel clerk recommended it for an authentic German food experience.
I knew we were steered in the right direction when the hostess looked pissed Americans were descending upon Prater Garten in a ravenous rage. I feel like we stumbled upon a local spot, which made the experience all the more enjoyable.
Thank goodness I'd walked nearly five miles that day, because I downed my meatballs in no time flat. As much as I wanted to savor the salty, gravy-laden hunks of meat before my eyes..... I simply was too starved to let it get cool on my plate.
From what I do remember scarfing down, though, it was so good. Typical German food served piping hot, with a side of delicious cold beer. Can't go wrong.
Prater Garten is a tranquil lush park setting in busy east Berlin.
Huge trees and lots of green space make for an inspiring lunch or dinner.
The beers are served in huge steins and the food is pretty simple and traditional, Roast, Wurst, mash, and Sour kraut.
Im assuming its a bit of a tourist spot considering the basic menu, but its done very well and fulfilled my desire for a traditional German experience.
Their sour kraut is still the best ive had!
Solid, solid 4. Prater had the honor of being my first beer garten in Germany, so my expectations were super high. I was a little dismayed when we came around on a Friday afternoon and the attendance was pretty sparse, but I understand that most folks were probably working. Nonetheless, I ordered a big ole beer and some couscous with yummy yogurt sauce. My friend got the sausage and she loved every bite. The olives were very tasty and had a ton of nice spices on them. All in all, it was a great meal. More than anything, I saw potential of what Prater COULD be, if I had gone on a busy evening. Then it'd probably be a good place to whittle away a few hours on a hot summer night.
The Prater Garten provides a spacious drinking area to enjoy a beer or two during the summer months in Berlin, unfortunately for a spirit drinker such as myself that's all that's on offer if you want to drink in the garden.
There is another bar that sells spirits however you are not allowed to take the drinks into the garden area.
I had a really lovely time here. I visited during the Eurocup and being in the atmosphere of Prater Garten amongst all the crazy fans was super fun and there were plenty of TV's to watch the action. The beer was delicious and the house pils was more than great--especially for the price! Also, I had an amazing pretzel bread to snack on during my visit.
Great beer garden with a wonderful beer selection and the food is delicious. I had an amazing vegetarian meal here too which was a great surprise (spinach and dumplings)!
I have eaten here three or four times and have to say the food is wonderful. You can tell the food is prepared freshly because it takes some time to receive your food after ordering. But they bring bread and nice beer. Try their cucumber salad, it reminds me of my grandmother's. This review was written in 2008.
Solid beer garden with large portions. Got the schnizel and it was definitely enough food for 2 people. For the city, it was a littlemore expensive, but still a nice place to check out
It's all right... Often pretty busy and has a lot of seating. Not the cheapest or best beer but great if there are a lot of you.
Put simply, there is no experience in Berlin like Prater Garten.
It's probably been mentioned that Prater Garten is the oldest-running biergarten in the city (since 1837) but even its history isn't the most charming thing about Prater. Set in Prenzlauer Berg, Prater Garten is an oasis within the bustling neighborhood, and when you walk in and see the hundreds of tables filled with people and beer and cordial conversations, you can't help but feel like you're a part of something special.
The biergarten has a couple options for eating and imbibing--you can make a reservation in the restaurant for more refined German fare; or you can join the masses and order up your typical German brews in the many self-service lines. Near the beverage area is also a little hut where you can buy simpler, cheaper snacks like laugenbrezeln (huge, chewy, and heavily salted soft pretzels), huge pickles, mini steak sandwiches or Rostbratwurst with potato salad. If you're interested in sampling different styles of German bier, they've got their traditional pilsner on tap, schwarzbier (dark beer), Weihenstephan Hefeweizen and Kristallweizen (my personal fave). If you're not into beer at a biergarten? They have soft drinks as well as red wine, white wine, and sekt, if you're so inclined. And if you want to do the tourist thing and have a Berliner Weiss (green or red)? Get your Berliner Weiss (which basically tastes like fruit juice) here.
So take your drink, bring it back to your table, and hang out with your friends while enjoying the atmosphere--it's really pretty at night, sitting under the trees, with all the strung lights illuminating the garden. You're not going to find this anywhere else...at least in Berlin.
Prater hardly needs my love, but I'm gonna share it anyways. In principal, Prater should be an absolute nightmare - loud, slow, expensive, and filled with unbearable patrons and snotty snaff - but instead, it's friendly, bucolic, and the beers are more than affordable given the surroundings. Get a pils and a pickle, and watch the kiddies play on concrete for a great afternoon.
The wurst is great, the garten is amazing, the bier is to be expected: wünderbar! I can't say that the staff is that friendly though, especially once they realized I sprechen sie English. That's standard for almost all folks in Germany though so I can't hold it personal against this restaurant. If I lived in Berlin and sprechen sie Deutch I think I'd be there all the time, especially when the weather is right! Pröst!!!
Much more funnerer when you sit in the beer garden, drink Pils, eat a wurst, and watch the football (soccer) Euro2012. Especially when Germany wins, because the crowd is your friend. Avoid the tavern - sit outside, and soak up the atmosphere.
A classic German beer hall, Prater features really good food with attentive service in a celebratory atmosphere. Among my favorite restaurants in Berlin.
Friendly drinkmeistery. Get the beer with the green syrup and a pickle. Perfect!
Love this place for a casual dinner, delicious typical german meal which for me is schnitzel, gurken salat und kartoffel salat. Large open space, perfect for groups and families. Cosy in winter time with wooden floors, walls and tables. In the summer they open their beer garden for everyone to enjoy. Portions are huge and you can expect to pay between 20€ - 30€ per person. Service is good.
Giant, delicious beers under beautiful (oak?) trees. Huge space. Open till midnight. And the bartender did not mock my rusty German. My one complaint is there are few veggie options. Of course, it's a beer garden, so what should I expect.
All I have to offer is "PICKLE."
We watched the tragic Germany/Spain Euro Cup final here, only time I've been. Seems to be a great option for an urban biergarten. Well set up to handle large crowds, with four beer windows, and a separate area for food, which was tasty. All the basics: pasta salad, potato salad, fresh baked pretzels, bratwurst, etc, at fairly reasonable prices. Very large, so when they're not hosting an event, finding a table should be pretty easy. Very convenient to U-bahn Eberswalder Strasse and the trams on Kastanienalle.
Ich hab das Restaurant zweimal besucht im Biergarten war ich noch nicht, also gelten meine 5 Sterne erstmal nur fürs Restaurant. Wir waren zu viert und saßen draußen (bei beiden Besuchen), einmal zur Spargelzeit und einmal im Sommer, und waren alle glücklich und zufrieden. Der Prater macht einfache, absolut geradlinige Deutsche Küche und ist dazu auch etwas teuer, ABER das Essen ist von sehr gute Qualität und schön zubereitet. Wir haben alle Happen getauscht und alle von vier Gerichten probiert und alles war Spitze. Spargel frisch und zart, zerlaufenen Butter golden und lecker, Schnitzel zart und knusprig paniert, usw. Die Bedienung war nichts besonders aber auch nicht störend, und man sitzt auf der Restaurantseite des Gartens ganz schön an einem Sommerabend!
Prater is a lovely place to go in the summer and especially to take visitors. The spaciousness, the trees, so many people, make for a really enjoyable experience. I do wish there was a bit more on offer drinks wise (at least a vodka tonic, or a few different types of beers), but the setting more than make up for any minor complaint in that direction.
Inside restaurant is regular german restaurant,boring,overpriced but big portions.Outside garden is beautiful and it was joy to go there,even when I though beer is quite overpriced.This year they raised price for beer even more,so now 3.50 euros for 0.4 glass of beer I dont find reasonable and as that place is about nothing else but beer (soda,bad wine is only drink choice),I lost interest to go there.Dogs allowed on leash.
There are two parts to the Prater...a restaurant and a beer garden where food is served. My review is for the garden. The picnic table seating is appropriate and calming amongst the trees and small fountain. You quickly forget you are in the middle of a large city. It's unfortunate that the Prater missed an opportunity to create a likewise special menu. There's certainly nothing distinctive about the beers..pils, weisse, Berlin all brands available at most restaurants/stores. Brats, wieners, a pasta dish and a few other choices are served and also lack a sense of place. One would think that Berlin's largest (oldest?) beer garden would show some creative charm, but instead they parked an imbiss in a garden.
I guess it is one of the best Biergarten in Berlin! Quite a bit of choice for beers and food of fair price + good quality. Really an excellent place for chatting with friends outdoor in summer time, enjoy!
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