I decided to organize a biergarten (beer garden) bike tour through the woods last weekend. Since we have seven beer gardens along the trails in the woods behind our place, I thought it would be really fun to get a big group of friends and make our way to all of them for a day! We live near an S-Bahn (train station) as well so people could hop on the train with their bikes and get here somewhat easily.
The day turned out to be really nice. I actually put on some sunscreen just in case. This isn't shocking since I am fair skinned, have freckles, reddish hair blah blah blah. There were about 15 of us altogether. We started out a little later (around 2pm-ish) so we actually ended up making it to only 4 of the 7 since it was after 7pm by the time we got to the 4th one! Next time we will start a little earlier in the day. I was hoping we might make it back to biergarten number one for some karaoke at the end but we took a different route home to avoid the dreaded hills. I still want to make it there because, well, karaoke in a biergarten in the middle of the woods in Germany sounds like an awesome idea. Obviously.
I took only a few photos. I forgot to take a picture of our friends bikes with electric motors on them. Yes electric motors, such a great idea.
The route we went on is called Siebenmühlental and is one of my favorite places to go. The network of trails and biking areas is phenomenal here and they connect to all the surrounding towns and beyond. The biergartens are old mills that were converted to the biergartens you see today. One of the places in the woods even sells goats milk, jams, liquors and other various items. There is also an organic beer garden that I have yet to try out. They basically look like old farms and most of them still sit on working farms today. If you are ever in this area and can make time for it, the biergartens of Siebenmühlental are worth the visit (and as an added plus are very close to the airport as well).