Drinking beer on a railway platform, in the middle of a castle courtyard or at a street art gallery? Or perhaps a white wine spritzer in a vineyard in the middle of the vineyards? You can experience beer garden romance in your NRW in so many ways. Take a look at our selection of the most beautiful and unusual beer gardens in North Rhine-Westphalia. And then it's time to put on your sandals and enjoy a summer's day in the beer garden.
Bergisches Land region
Bergische Schweiz, Engelskirchen
In the heart of the Bergisches Land and directly on two hiking trails lies the Waldcafé Bergische Schweiz. A large sun terrace with a view of Ehreshoven Castle is the ideal place to stop for a bite to ea or drink.
The Thomashof is a somewhat different kind of beer garden. Dairy products are produced on the farm, and are a speciality here. Cheese dishes, ice cream and salads taste particularly good outdoors here in the Bergisches Land region.
Bonn and the surrounding area
Alter Zoll, Bonn
In the Alter Zoll beer garden, visitors can enjoy the view over the Rhine through to the government district and beyond to the Siebengebirge hills. Without doubt, this is a great place for day trippers, with a wonderful view!
Zum Blauen Affen, Bonn
Bavaria or Bonn? In the beer garden "Zum Blauen Affen" guests feel like they are in Bavaria. There are pretzels, bratwurst and cool drinks. Plus: sprawling meadows, magnificent rows of trees and a view of the nearby banks of the Rhine.
Weingarten Gut Sülz, Königswinter
Beer garden? Wine garden? It doesn't matter. The Gut Sülz with its unique vineyard is located directly on the slopes of the Oberdollendorf vineyards. We recommend walking the 2.2-kilometre wine trail through the vineyards beforehand.
The Bergisch Three
Café Restaurant Haus Rüde, Solingen
Hiking and a beer garden can also be combined wonderfully in Solingen. In the more than 200-year-old half-timbered Café Restaurant Haus Rüden, you should try the Bergische Kaffeetafel with your beer. In dialect it is called "Kaffeedrenken mit allem dröm und dran".
Zornige Ameise, Hückeswagen
A day at the lake. The beer garden of the Zornige Ameise is located directly at the Bevertalsperre, in the middle of the greenery, with a view of the water. If it gets too hot for you, you can simply cool off for a round in between.
Drinking beer on the platform - that's possible at Café Hutmacher at Mirk station. Located directly on the Nordbahntrasse cycle path, a large area offers space for a cosy get-together with a tasty drink and the best weather. If you like, it's best to come by bike.
Düsseldorf and the Neanderland region
Three Little Birds, Düsseldorf
"Don′t worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing gonna be alright" is what Bob Marley sang in his song Three Little Birds. And that's exactly the vibe of the "Three Little Birds" beer garden on Düsseldorf's Rheinterrasse. Here you can enjoy the most beautiful sunsets in one of the most relaxed places in the city.
How about arriving by boat? The White Fleet regularly departs from Düsseldorf city centre to Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth. Here you can walk along the Rhine or stroll through the historic town centre. With its large wooden tables and benches right next to the city wall, the Burghof beer garden provides a unique atmosphere.
The cult pub Tigges is located in the middle of the Bilk district. With a view of an impressive mural, the beer here tastes particularly delicious.
Eifel region and Aachen
Stroll through Nideggen's old town, climb Nideggen Castle and as a reward enjoy food and drinks in the beer garden in the castle courtyard. Afterwards, climb the castle tower and enjoy the impressive view of the Voreifel - how does that sound?
Terrasse am See, Heimbach
The "Terrasse am See" restaurant offers a sun terrace with a view of the Heimbach reservoir - simply wonderful. But you shouldn't linger too long. There is so much to discover around it: The Eifel National Park, for example, or what is probably Germany's most beautiful art nouveau power station.
Lago Beach Zülpich
There’s a real holiday atmosphere at the Lago Beach in Zülpich. With your feet dabbling in the sand, sipping a cool drink and enjoying the beautiful view onto the water, with a separate beach on the water sports lake. The beer garden itself is a social integration company, which also has employees with disabilities.
Cologne and the Rhein-Erft district
Johann Schäfer Beer Garden, Cologne
The beer garden of the Brauhaus Johann Schäfer is located directly on the Rhine in Cologne's Rheinauhafen harbour. Here you can enjoy the delicious Südstadt Pils as well as bratwurst, currywurst and chips.
Beer garden by the Aachener Weiher, Cologne
With a view over a lake, comfortable wicker beach chairs and deckchairs, and a swing seat, the beer garden by the Aachen Weiher pond in Cologne is a great place to relax.
Club Astoria, Cologne
What used to be an officer’s casino and a hotel for the Belgian Army is now a chic day trip destination in the middle of the Stadtwald park in Cologne. With a view onto the Adenauer Weiher pond, guests can really pamper themselves here in an elegant atmosphere.
Hellers Volksgarten, Köln
A shady spot in the park with a view of the water - and an organic beer from the in-house brewery on the table: this is how to enjoy hot summer days in the Volksgarten! A pedal boat tour across the pond provides the wind in your sails.
Landgasthof Kastanienbaum, Lüdinghausen
This family beer garden is part of a typical Münsterland region half-timbered building, and was named one of the most beautiful beer gardens in Münsterland in 2012. Good for parents: the kids can run about in the playground.
Kruse Baimken, Münster
One of the oldest pubs in Münster still attracts large numbers of visitors today thanks to its idyllic location directly on the Aasee lake. At any rate, there’s plenty of space, as the Kruse Baimken beer garden is one of the largest in the city.
Pleister Mühle, Münster
For anyone needing to quench their thirst after a canoe or cycling tour, the Pleister Mühle is the perfect place to stop for a rest. The beer garden is located directly next to a canoe rental facility and on several cycle routes, including the Friedensroute (“peace route”) and the R1 European Cycle Route.
Pott’s Brau & Backhaus, Oelde
If there’s any beer garden that deserves its name, then it’s this one. Pott’s Brau & Backhaus is next to a brewery and sells its own Pott’s beer.
A walk through Steinfurt’s famous Bagnopark can be combined with a stop in the beer garden of the same name. Situated in an idyllic green setting, visitors can enjoy some refreshment here before continuing on their journey.
The Lower Rhine region
Platanengarten im Schlosspark, Hünxe
The beer garden in the Schlosspark Hünxe is just as chic as the water palace itself, which is just next door. Large plane trees offer shade, while hydrangeas and oleanders radiate a lovely scent.
Biergarten am Stadtwaldhaus, Krefeld
The location of the beer garden by the Stadtwaldhaus in the Stadtwald park in Krefeld is particularly idyllic. In an online survey by Falstaff magazine, the beer garden was named the most beautiful in the whole of Germany, even leaving beer gardens in Bavaria behind.
Rhine Side, Krefeld
At Rhine kilometre 765, on the banks of the Rhine in Uerdingen, street artists have transformed a former industrial area into an urban open-air art gallery. A beer garden with a beach atmosphere invites you to take a break directly on the Rhine. Especially delicious: freshly baked waffles every Sunday!
Haus Erholung, Mönchengladbach
The beer tastes particularly good against the backdrop of the 150-year-old Haus Erholung. In addition to classic brews and brewery fare, the Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach also serves cocktails and trendy veggie street food.
Salzburger Alm, Neuss
First you ski or snowboard down the slopes and then you can relax in the beer garden in beautiful summer weather - this is only possible in the Salzburger Alm beer garden, because it is located directly at the Neuss Alpine Park. A convertible roof ensures a carefree visit to the beer garden even in rainy weather.
The Ruhr region
300 types of beer - one pub. In the Duisburg student pub Finkenkrug, an evening in the beer garden can be a real ordeal: Which of the 300 types of beer should you choose? Our tip: It's best to come more often!
Tante Amanda, Dortmund
A family outing to a beer garden? Why not? At Tante Amanda, a table minigolf course and a large playground offer entertainment for the kids, while their parents can enjoy their drinks.
Jupp unner de Böcken, Haltern am See
Even if the unusual name, Jupp unner der Böcken, gives almost nothing away, this is a beer garden with Bavarian flair. Here, guests can enjoy white sausage, pretzels and ‘Leberkäse’ meat loaf at rustic wooden tables - all with a great view onto the Haltern reservoir, in the middle of a thick, leafy forest.
Franky’s im Wasserbahnhof, Mülheim an der Ruhr
Its location on a sluice island between two arms of the Ruhr river makes the Alter Wasserbahnhof, or old waterway station, an unusual location. A particularly practical feature for day trippers is that it is situated right by the main jetty of the Weiße Flotte boat company.
Seemer’s Gasthof zur Post, Eslohe
The country guesthouse, which is housed in a pretty half-timbered building, also has a high-quality beer garden. Hand-crafted oak benches, tables and chairs provide a cosy atmosphere. There’s also something for the kids here, too, since they can run around freely in the playground.
Forsthaus Waldsee, Brilon
This is the romantic location of the Forsthaus Waldsee: a half-timbered building in the middle of greenery. And directly on the Waldsee lake, which invites you to swim in summer with its crystal-clear water. The perfect destination for a warm summer day.
Teutoburger Wald forest
Almhütte, Dörenther Klippen
Wooded paths, impressive rock formations and the best views - the Dörenther Cliffs are ideal for your next outdoor adventure. For a break in between, you can stop at the alpine hut. Several hiking trails lead past here and you can enjoy your drink in the middle of nature with a view of the Dörenther Cliffs.
Salz und Zuckerland, Bad Oeynhausen
Salz und Zuckerland is not just the biggest beer garden in Bad Oeynhausen, but is also situated in a particularly good spot. Here, all the cycle paths in the region connect, inviting guests to enjoy a break in the Sielpark conservation area.
As the name suggests, this beer garden is located directly on the Weser promenade with a view of a historic ship mill. So romantic and so unique.