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Prater, Berlin

7–9 Kastanienallee
Prenzlauer Berg
Germany 14050
Tel: 49 30 448 5688's insider take:

Berlin's oldest biergarten (it dates to 1837) seems like it could seat half of Berlin: It encompasses nearly an acre of blond-wood tables and benches. Its neighborhood, Prenzlauer Berg, once teemed with Marxists and East German noncomformists; now, families and trendy hipsters gather beneath the soaring chestnut trees to eat and drink. Prater serves up light, dark, and wheat beers; lightweights can try the local concoction known as a Radler (a cloying mix of beer and Sprite). The kitchen hut has the most diverse offerings of any Berlin beer garden, from grilled wursts and German-style ravioli (known as Maultaschen) to corn on the cob and Mediterranean olives. There's a rustic indoor restaurant, too—but really, who comes to a biergarten to sit inside?

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