Hannover contains a variety of beer gardens, all of which are unique to their own style and offerings. Whether you dream of drinking a beer underneath a vine of grapes or chillin’ with hipsters behind graffiti walls, you can find it in Hannover.
Located between the Rathaus and Maschsee, sits the indoor-outdoor restaurant and beer garden, Loretta’s. This is a place where classy functions overtake the restaurant with tartar and champagne and the optimal garden to sip on wine, beer or a latte underneath flowering trees. After a long night of wining and dining, hit the trails either around the Rathaus or behind the garden to Maschsee. During the week, the garden opens at 5pm and opens at 10am on the weekends. My favorites include the lattes, pink grape, Riesling wine and pfannkuchen.
Hankering for some beer and history? If so, head to Waterloo, the beer garden tucked away behind layers of trees. Waterlooplatz is the biggest military parade space in Hannover. Adjacent to Waterlooplatz and behind Altstadt is the Waterloo biergarten. Their menu is everything but British. Here, you can find the traditional, quiet and calm German crowd enjoying a nice pint after work. The food is anything but impressive with choices such as brats and pizza, but luckily, the prices are affordable. Try the rose wine or the Franziskaner beer on tap.
Located on the northern end adjacent to the Courtyard Hannover is the See Biergarten. Here you can find the standard cheap food, beer and brezels. The brezels and a beer are a must and the views of Maschsee are nothing but gorgeous. This end of the “see” contains plenty of foot traffic and is a short walk to the Rathaus and the Sprengel museum. If you prefer, skip sitting at the traditional picnic tables and find your way to one of the “see-side” docks. Keep your toes out of the water as fish the size of tricycles swim here.
Located at the southern end of Maschsee, next to the Aspira, is this tiny biergarten that is magical in nature. There is less foot traffic at this part of the “see,” so relaxing and enjoying the sun (or the clouds) in a quiet space is common. The best feature is the dangling grapevines that blossom during the summer month. With a spectacular view of the lake, it feels as if you are in Spain or Italy. Attached to Die Insel, the crowd is classier, including the décor. Look for the bier garten pole that indicates its entranceway between two metal gates, next to the Crepe stand.
Located in Liste, and nearby the notable forest, is one of Hannover’s most popular beer gardens. Packed day and night, come early (or late) to enjoy a (massive) mass and some excellent Turkish food. I recommend the Greek-style salad and the pommes frites – depending on how much damage you want to do. The seating area is as big as the beers. From tables that serve four to extended Bavarian-style picnic tables, the garden can seat many. Sadly, being in a rush is not common in Germany so the food lines can be long. Be sure to check out the building and surrounding plaques that note World War Two history. Understanding German is necessary.
Located in Linden near Faust and Mephisto is Gretchen beer garden. Situated behind a graffiti wall, is a two-level garden packed with art, color and funky seating. This is the place where hipsters, artists and alternative-folks come to play. It’s by far the cheapest beer garden in Hannover. Enjoy a slice of veggie or cheese pizza, a latte or non-alcoholic drink for fewer than 2.50 euros. If you are searching for a cheap bottle of Beck’s – Gretchen’s got ya covered.
I don’t think this beer garden is in operation, but I wanted to add it to the list because it’s an adorable place to check out or possibly rent. The garden is accessible via a short bike ride using the path in front of Gretchen’s. The garden is nestled between the bike trail and river, hiding between bushels of trees. If there’s one place to escape everything – it’s here!
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