Our Favorite Places for a Cold Beer in Kaiserslautern, Ramstein and Landstuhl
When spring breaks and summer arrives there really is nothing better than a nice cold local brew in a beer garden. Especially when summer is as hot as it is this year! Living in Germany means we are really are in the best place to take advantage of some fine German beer gardens and even finer German beer!
The Kaiserslautern and Ramstein area has some lovely beer gardens. So we asked some of the UCG team to test some out for us and give us their feedback. Naturally, John and James volunteered for this project. Being 10-year plus veterans of the KMC area it was an easy task for them. 🙂
So, after many evenings and weekends exploring, here are the results of their extensive research to bring you the top beer 11 gardens in the KMC area:
Top tip: Please remember most german bars and restaurants won’t accept cards so bring euro cash.
Burgweg 1, 66849 Landstuhl
Let’s translate this one for you: Castle Tavern Nanstein. Yes, a beer garden in a castle! Welcome to Germany, folks!
Nestled in the grounds of the castle ruins in Landstuhl, this beer garden with the best views in the area has got to be the first stop you make on your tour of beer gardens of the KMC.
The setting is simple and rustic – don’t expect anything fancy here, but that is the point. Local, well-priced food and local beer. Basic but beautiful! The views and the location are what set this place apart.
Eichwieserhof 10, 67685 Weilerbach (in the fields between Mackenbach and Weilerbach)
Set in the edge of a farmer’s field, this traditionally designed wooden building is in an idyllic location. The back terrace is covered and leads on to a huge outdoor beer garden. With a grass area for kids to play football and run around, it’s very family friendly and the ideal spot for a cold one in the sun.
When the owner is the farmer and the local hunter that’s usually a good a great sign that the food will be good, and it is. When available try the Rehgulasch (Deer goulash), served with dumplings and sauce kraut. It’s delicious!
Situated behind the main Kaiserslautern train station into the forest, this is Kaiserslautern’s classic beer garden in a lovely setting. The historic Bremerhof was built at the same time as the castle for King Barbarossa over 200 years ago, so it has a lot of history.
It’s located not far from the city but set on the edge of fields/forest and is a beautiful spot for outdoor beer drinking and relaxing in the sun.
There is a large playground for kids and some farm animals to visit. During the summer they have live music each Thursday (free entry) and a free shuttle service.
Waldstraße, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach
There is a lovely lake in Ramstein-Miesenbach surrounded by beautiful walking/hiking trails. Next to the lake is small wooden hut that serves drinks and snacks all year round with lots of outdoor seating. There is wooden seating right next to the lake and kiosk, a small children’s play area, and free to use BBQs. It is very picturesque.
The drinks menu is pretty extensive and very reasonably priced. The food is quite basic such as pretzels, cheese/ham boards, frikadellen etc. But all very good and well priced.
Next to the parking area is “AM Seewoog Wood Oven Pizzeria”. A nice quality pizzeria with a lovely outdoor terrace. It’s not unknown for us to have a few drinks at the hut followed by a pizza at the restaurant to get the best of both worlds!
This is also the location for the new Saturday morning parkrun event in Ramstein starting on 15th September.
Talstr. 16, 67685 Schwedelbach
This Is certainly more of a restaurant than a beer garden but had to be on the list due to the fact that the setting is so stunning and the food is of some of the highest quality in the area.
The beautiful courtyard/terrace is a typical 19th-century style farmyard with cobblestones and a huge oak tree as the centerpiece. It’s very romantic so you could save this one for date night!
Pörbacherhof offers farm-style cooking – very local cuisine. Specialising in game (deer/wild pig). Although it is reasonably family-friendly there isn’t a garden or playground for kids.
Emmerwiesenhof, 67685 Eulenbis
Eulenbis is the largest hill in the area behind Weilerbach. Although it’s not far from Weilerbach/Ramstein after a short drive or a lovely walk up the hill to Eulenbis you feel that the pace of life has slowed down massively and that you are in the country.
Surrounded by green fields this restaurant and beer garden offers some of the best views in the area, over Kaiserslautern into the Pfälzerwald.
Panorama-Gasthof Stemler offers German-style cooking. The lovely outdoor terraced area is connected to a viewing platform where you can take in gorgeous views of the surrounding hills and forest – hence the name ‘panorama’. It’s perfect for a cool beer after a lovely walk.
Finsterbrunnertal, 67705 Schopp
Situated between Höhenecken and Trippstadt this „nature-friendly house“ has a huge play area for children as well as a very large beer garden.
The food is local, simple, and very cheap. For example, Schnitzel and Pommes will only set you back about 8 euros. It’s a community managed establishment, which accounts for the prices, but it does mean the building is quite dated.
It’s situated in the middle of a forest connected to some amazing short and long-distance hiking trails, so the location is hard to beat and we can’t think of a better place for a beer garden.
You can stay overnight here – either book one of their rooms or you can camp outside. They also offer guided hiking tours.
James‘ suggestion is to hike out to the viewing platform. It’s about 10 minutes walk up the hill but offers amazing views! The beer tastes pretty good when you get back too!
Schulestr 1, 67685 Erzenhausen
The village of Erzenhausen is the setting for this gorgeous and traditionally cobbled courtyard that hosts the beer garden of Zum Kääser. It really is a pretty spot with a lovely ambiance that is ideal for sinking a cold drink of an afternoon or evening.
The food here is delicious, especially the fried sirloin strips with crayfish tails and pasta, but the prices are reasonable.
Erzenhausen is just 3kms away from Weilerbach so an easy drive from Ramstein AB or a very nice bike ride. Zum Kääser is well worth the trip.
Kaiserstrasse 42, 66849 Landstuhl
Oscar’s Irish Bar is located in the middle of Landstuhl and although it doesn’t have a beer garden, it does have a very nice large shaded terrace. Oscars is considered by many to be the best American/Irish bar in the area and so far we can’t find anyone that disagrees!
They offer a very nice selection of local and Irish beers including Guinness (of course) and the food menu is mainly traditional Irish pub grub. There is often live music played at weekends and children are made very welcome.
Bahnhofstr.2, 66877 Ramstein
The Paradox is probably where most of us at The Used Car Guys spend our lunchtimes to take a break from our busy showrooms.
The lovely beer terrace is nicely shaded from the midday sun thanks to some big umbrellas, so we can spend our lunch break enjoying the breeze and one of their lovely salads. They also offer a brilliant all you can eat Sunday brunch.
The Paradox is directly by the train station in downtown Ramstein. So many people grab a coffee or a beer before they take the train into Kaiserslautern for shopping or a soccer game at Kaiserslautern FCK.By night this place turns into a bit of a lively bar and cocktail lounge.
Reichswaldstraße 7, 66877 Ramstein-Miesenbach
Maxi is a very good location for a beer garden – it is situated on the edge of a forest and a little out of the way of the main traffic in Ramstein, so it’s a relaxing and picturesque spot to have a cold beer. It’s just a short walk to the Azur (the local swimming pool).
The food is good and really well priced. They offer lots of specials all through the week, including a lunchtime menu.
Look out for the night-time themed parties. They book bands, dancers and even have their own cocktail wagon!
If you don’t drink alcohol, don’t panic. All of these locations offer alcohol-free beer or soft drink alternatives.