Time to escape from within your own four walls and venture outdoors to soak up the sunshine and get the most out of the summer. Berlin offers many parks to relax in, lakes to swim in, lawns to sunbathe on and outdoor events to enjoy – and, of course, the city has an impressive selection of beer gardens.
Among Berlin's best known and most popular places for alfresco dining is the Café am Neuen See. The lakeside location, nestled amongst high, leafy trees, guarantees shade on even the hottest days, and makes this Tiergarten beer garden, situated between Zoologischer Garten and the iconic Reichstag parliament building, a popular destination for both locals and tourists. You can leisurely explore the lake by rowboat or simply relax on a picnic bench with a freshly tapped wheat beer. The goal is to see and be seen, and the clientele includes just as many genuine VIPs as it does guests who are simply looking to get a taste of Berlin's celebrity scene.
You will find the Zollpackhof located directly on the banks of the Spree, with a clear view to the Bundeskanzleramt and the Swiss embassy. Surrounded by almost 145-year-old chestnut trees, there is more than enough shade to keep you cool on even the hottest Berlin summer days while you watch the many pleasure boats slowly meander past you down the Spree. Hearty and rustic fare, including Weißwurst with pretzels, or Flammkuchen with bacon and onions, are popular items on the menu here. The pebbled ground and classic wooden chairs lend this beer garden a distinctly Bavarian flair.
There's a distinctly historical flair at Prater in Prenzlauer Berg. Fresh beer has been on tap here since 1837, which secures Prater the record of being the oldest beer garden in Berlin. Its location on the much visited Kastanienallee has made it a popular meeting point for Berliners and weekenders and, despite the area is so highly frequented, it still manages to conjure up a cozy beer garden atmosphere. Artisanal beers, delicious pretzels, long wooden benches and rustic plank tables delight international visitors, and, in the evening, the lights draped through the trees enhance the ambience in this relaxing beer garden.
Take advantage of the summer in Berlin from up above. Many rooftop bars have opened their doors recently, enticing their patrons with delicious cocktails in laid-back locations – and, of course, with incredible views over Berlin. Located on the 10th floor of a hotel high-rise, and integrated into the Bikini Berlin building complex at Zoologischer Garten, Monkey Bar boasts a jungle design with an excellent view of both the Berlin skyline and the zoo's monkey enclosure, which gives this bar its name. Delectable tiki drink in hand, this is the perfect place to watch the sun set as night descends on Berlin. The Monkey Bar has established itself as one of City-West's hottest spots – complete with a long line of guests waiting to be allowed in.
The history of Berlin truly lies at your feet as you look down from the rooftop terrace at the Hotel de Rome between Bebelplatz and the world-famous Gendarmenmarkt. The bar is among the most beautiful rooftop bars in Germany and exudes an elegant and luxurious flair, which is perfectly reflected in its subtle, earth tone lounge furniture, lavender flower boxes and white parasols. Beer connoisseurs will be delighted when they see the drinks menu, but it is the extensive selection of cocktails, including many types of Champagne, that are likely to set hearts racing. Despite its central location in the heart of Berlin, the rooftop terrace at the Hotel de Rome remains an insider tip – and, like the more rustic beer gardens – it is an ideal place to seek refuge from the hustle and bustle of Germany's capital.
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Title: Rooftop, Hotel du Rome © Hotel du Rome
01: Beer Garden, Café am neuen See © Café am neuen See
02: Prater Beer Garden © Prater
03: Monkey Bar, 25 hours Hotel © 25 hours Hotel
04: Rooftop, Hotel du Rome © Hotel du Rome