Guten tag and welcome to Berlin, the capital of Germany, home to some of the country's most intriguing cultural sights and entertainment venues. On your visit to this wonderful city, it would be a crime not to experience a stein of beer in a traditional al fresco setting – here are two of our favourite biergartens in Berlin.
Kastanienallee 7 – 9, Prenzlauer Berg
The city's oldest biergarten is sure to impress anyone who questions the idea of drinking a beer outdoors at a picnic table. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Eberswalder Strasse station, you'll find Prater a charming place to settle down for a fine bitter and a hearty meal – we recommend a schnitzel.
There are no reservations for the beer garden, so it's first come, first served for a seat in the dappled sunlight amongst the trees. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the friendly staff at Prater will make you feel welcome in the heart of the artsy Prenzlauer Berg district.
Established all the way back in 1837, Prater opens its doors in the finer weather from April to September, so if you're planning your Europe trip next year, make sure to time it so you can experience this stalwart German tradition.
Carl-Herz-Ufer 34 (Curlew Street), Kreuzberg
This sprawling biergarten in the southeastern district of Kreuzberg offers more than just somewhere to eat and drink. This idyllic spot contains not only a biergarten and restaurant, but a miniature golf course and playground.
Within the lush, park-like setting, its easy to forget you're in the middle of a vastly metropolitan area. If you time your visit right, you might even catch one of the live music acts that sometimes perform here. There is an English menu available, as well as a range of more locally inspired treats such as Flammenkuchen – a doughy pastry cooked to a crispy, pizza-like consistency accompanied by various scrumptious toppings.
If you fancy a more filling meal, there are also pasta and schnitzel options available as the perfect complement to one of the beers on tap here at Brachvogel. Don't forget to toast yours with a customary "prost!"