Tiergarten's Biergartens

Café am Neuen See, beer garden Berlin

Central Berlin's enormous Tiergarten park is not only a lovely destination in its own right; it's also home to two of the city's very best Biergärten, each with its own distinct atmosphere.

Admittedly, they're hardly a well-kept secret, but in fine weather (as well as more inclement seasons) they're a favourite hang-out for locals and visitors alike.

Schleusenkrug beer garden, Berlin

Quirky, slightly ramshackle Schleusenkrug (above) is located next to the canal lock after which it's named, and offers a great selection of beers and wine as well as tasty, reasonably priced German comfort food.

When the sun shines, it's all about attempting to nab a table at one of the leafy outdoor seating areas - or even, if you're lucky, overlooking the canal itself - but the 1950s indoor diner enables year-round boozing and snacking.

Schleusenkrug beer garden, Berlin
Schleusenkrug beer garden, Berlin

The Café am Neuen See (page top and below) is a slightly more refined affair, its trump card an unbeatably lovely lakeside location.

Café am Neuen See, beer garden Berlin

Hop into a rowing boat to work up a thirst, or forget about exercise altogether and sit and sip while gazing at the rippling water.

Of course, each beer garden is particularly magical when evening draws in and strings of lights start to twinkle between trees.

What's more, if you feel like visiting both, it's a direct walk from one to the other along the Gartenufer, which offers close-up views of the Zoo's animal enclosures. Prost!


Tip: breakfasts are available at both Café am Neuen See and Schleusenkrug until late afternoon (4pm and 3pm respectively). A great way to start the day - with or without accompanying beer.

See also:

A gas lamp museum
Free zoo views
Albert Speer's legacy

Schleusenkrug: Müller-Breslau-Straße, 10623 Berlin
Café am Neuen See: Lichtensteinallee 2, 10787 Berlin

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