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Hello, and welcome to the Culture File: Germany series at GermanPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring essential information about Germany, German culture and German people. I’m Eric, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 23 - German Beer Gardens.
Let’s say you’re travelling in Germany. You’ve spent all day visiting popular tourist attractions, and are now looking for evening plans. What should you do? A good option is to go drinking at one of Germany’s many beer gardens, or in German, Biergärten.
Most of the time beer gardens are crowded, which can be troublesome, but also adds to the atmosphere. If you go in the late afternoon, you’ll notice it’s quite empty at first, but gets more and more crowded as the night goes on, until the venue is fully occupied. You’ll be able to see a range of locals, from an elderly couple beside you, to a bachelor party or Junggesellenabschied, to groups of young girls.
The food at a beer garden is just as interesting and diverse as the people you’ll find there. Germans usually order drinks, but mainly bring their own food to a beer garden. It is common for people to bring a couple of pretzels, or Bretzeln, for the evening if they come in after dinner, but you’ll also see groups of people bringing other foods, such as cheese and sausages, radishes, and a Bavarian cheese delicacy or Obatzter, which is a cream made from cheese, butter, peppers, and onions.
And of course, you can’t leave without a "Maß," which is about 1 litre of beer!
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