At a glance
After a thorough refurbishment, the Flora botanic gardens have returned to the list of Cologne’s prime hangouts. Not just because of the gorgeous horticultural space – there’s also the small matter of what is probably Cologne’s most original beer garden (whose name translates to “Thanks to Augusta”). An afternoon or evening here goes a little bit like this: you walk up to the counter and order some appetising snacks (served in glass jars), such as “Flora” salad or carrot-coconut soup. Then you follow up with your favourite beer or a bottle of yummy organic rosé wine. Once you’ve paid up, you’re handed a lovingly packed picnic basket and take it over to one of the many tables on the patio. It doesn’t get much better than this. And why Augusta? Well, she was the wife of Prussian king Wilhelm I, who took over the patronage of the construction and maintenance of the botanic gardens in 1863. So now you know.
- Openings Wed to Sun from noon to 7 pm
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