A photo of the interior of Prager Fruhling, Berlin's Czech bar in Pankow

Prager Frühling – Pankow’s Czech bar

By R. Bukovska

A Czech man moved to Berlin and, much to his dismay, couldn’t find beer that matched his standards. Instead of complaining, he decided to do something about it. He opened  his own traditional Czech Hospoda: Prager Frühling 1968 – Pivnice in the district of Pankow. Luděk Pachl’s concept is simple. It’s about proper beer for a decent price in an honest pub. Nothing new, nothing fancy, just one step through the door into a classic, musty, salt of the earth Czech bar, where people head after work for a simple beer that will always hit the spot. A bit of Czech will help you to order beer smoothly (an unwritten house rule) – ‘Jedno pivo, prosím’. There’s a shrine to Karel Gott ‘The Golden Voice of Prague’, alongside some posters and newspaper clippings that manifest Czech culture. You’ll find some typical Hospodá snacks like Utopenci – pickled ‘drunk’ sausage, and nakládaný hermelín – pickled cheese with herbs and spices. All of this makes Prager Frühling a rather difficult place to leave. It’s big heart and old school quality win many local admirers.


The owner of the bar Prager Fruhling serving Czech beer in Berlin

Prager Fruhling is a Czech bar in Berlin's district of Pankow



This article is from our Autumn / Winter Edition

Our autumn and winter magazine in Berlin

Words: R. Bukovska

Photos: Nina Martinelli

Treetop Travel Journalism runs study / work abroad programmes in Berlin