The Prater is the oldest of Berlin’s beer gardens, and still one of the best places in the city for a spot of open-air drinking. A fairly large open space tucked away off the street and between some houses, the Prater is in the heart of the city and yet somehow it feels away from it all as you sit in the shade of broad trees on wooden benches and enjoy the Prater’s own brand of pils or one of the other German beers on offer. As well as drinks, the food hut serves up a tasty selection of sausages and steaks, as well as healthier options such as pasta salad and corn on the cob. If you are looking for something filling, the another wooden hut on the site serves as a restaurant with substantial German meals to be washed down with more of that Prater beer. During East German times the Prater was a popular location for open-air meetings and political theatre, and sometimes during the summer the stage is once again occupied by performances that in recent years included a live circus show from Chile.