Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ein Traditioneller Biergarten in Berlin: Das ist der wahre Jakob

View of the Spree
At last, a real German Biergarten in East Berlin.  Located in nearby Treptower Park, the Zenner Biergarten is the perfect place to relax on a warm sunny day. You can listen to Schlager, dance, have a Wurst, and/or drink a Beer or two.  It's surprising that I haven't come across this place before.

On the nearby Spree River, you can rent a row boat or kayak. Although crowded, the Zenner is not overrun with tourists.  There is a definite east European feel to the Zenner Biergarten and to Treptower Park as well.  It's not because the famous Soviet War Memorial is across the street either.  It's hard to put in words, but I know when I'm in East Berlin.  Whether it's the architecture, the people or the mild disrepair, there is an iron curtain ambiance that one feels, even today, 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

1 comment:

Eric Evans said...

Once I figured out what this article was about (a beer garden -- remember some of us don't read German!) it sounded really nice. Even the matter of it being a little run down sounds relaxing. Everything spit-and-polish perfect all the time puts too much pressure on.;-)