Freigarten – A different spin on the beer garden

If I would be asking a foreign guest of mine to visit a beer garden with me, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next comments I’d hear from him would contain words like ‘pretzels’, ‘weiss beer’ or ‘Bavarian’. And that’s exactly when my previously laid out trap to extinguish this sort of stereotyped idea on German beer gardens snaps. Because now I’d be able to take him to the Freigarten in Rostock to show my guest that we northerners are able to establish our own beer garden culture.


The Freigarten is an intriguing outdoor pub, as it achieves to be placed right next to one of the most frequented and central public transport stops of the city, the Doberaner Platz, while still keeping an isolated atmosphere, shutting you off from the trouble of the outside world. It is surrounded by trees and bushes, has a little sandpit for children to play in and is spotted with wooden shelters, showing that the Freigarten takes the ‘garten’ part of it’s name quite seriously. This makes for an almost picturesque sight, especially at night-time when the colourful lights are turned on. It’s truly a one of a kind mood.

When it comes to food and drink, you won’t be disappointed either. The Freigarten offers snacks and pastries like peanuts, donuts and cake as well as meaty and veggie goodies from the barbecue every Wednesday and Friday evening. Drink-wise you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of hot and cold drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, including a good selection of beers and cocktails. All of these come at fair prices.

As the Freigarten is an extension of the Peter-Weiss-Haus, you might even pay your bill there in good conscience, if you can identify yourself with what the PWH is doing. The PWH considers itself as a location for educational and cultural events. Check out their homepage to learn more about them and their upcoming events. Look out for their flea markets called ‘Freimarkt’ and musical events at the Freigarten!

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