Update: The international Beerfestival is not going to take place in 2022 !!!
More information can be found here but it’s written in German.
When people talk about a German beerfestival, most people mean the famous Oktoberfest in München. Not many people are aware of the fact that Berlin also has its annual beerfestival. It’s called the International Berliner Bierfestival and always takes place in the first weekend of August.
The international beerfestival in Berlin will usually take place in the first week of August. Altogether 300 different breweries from 87 different countries come together to offer you a very wide variation of beers. It is estimated that the beerfestival Berlin offers its visitors around 2400 different variations of beer. Divided over 3 days, about 1 million people visit this free festival in Berlin.
World’s longest beer garden
Since 1997, the location of the Berliner bierfestival has been the famous Karl Marx Allee. This street is located in the middle of Berlin and can therefore be easily reached. Just travel to Frankfurter Tor, Weberwiese or Strausberger Platz and you will see the beerstands when you get out of the station. Altogether the so called Biermeile is 2,2km long and this makes it world’s longest beer garden. It is actually an official Guinness World Record.
On average, German people drink more than 100 liters of beer every year. Only the people in Czech, Austria and Romania drink more (source).
18 Stages with music
After drinking a bunch of beers, most people get in the mood for some dancing. Lucky enough the beerfestival in Berlin offers 18 different stages with music. You should not expect any DJs like the ones in my monthly party-calendar though. You should expect regional bands, covers and German schlager. This music fits the atmosphere on the Berliner bierfestival 2022 well.
FAQ – Practical information
We have visited the Berliner beerfestival several times. This allows us to list some FAQs and practical information for anybody who is planning to visit the beerfestival too:
The beerfestival is nog going to take place anymore. It is cancelled unfortunately.
Were you planning to visit the Berliner Bierfestival and you just found out it’s not taking place? There is another event related to beer in Berlin and it’s called Berlin Beer Week. It will take place in September.
It is estimated that about 1 million people visit the beerfestival in Berlin each year.
The best moment to visit the beerfestival would be early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Especially on Saturday, it can get very crowded between 12.00 and 17.00. Therefore we would recommend to visit directly after the doors open or after 6PM.
The entrance to the beerfestival is for free. Most beers can be bought for about 5€ each. Keep in mind that most of the time you will have to pay some deposit because the vendors don’t want to lose too many glasses.
On Friday the doors open at 12 o’clock. On Saturday and Sunday you can already visit from 10AM on. The free festival is open until midnight.
The best stations to reach are Strausberger Platz, Frankfurter Tor or Weberwiese. Just get out there and you will see the beerstands.