A thick layer of dark clouds roll in over the Alpine Village of Helen in the mountains of Northeast Georgia.
Photo: Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com
Photo: Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Eat and play in Atlanta like a Habsburg

Looking to feel a little more German or Austrian? Atlanta has a few ways to get your fix.

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Where to eat

For a taste of Germany and Austria downtown, head to Der Biergarten (300 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta). The menu features a variety of authentic cuisine from wurst to sauerbraten and schnitzel. Their beer menu is loaded with German beer, available in half- and 1-liter portions.

Gasthaus Restaurant (310 Atlanta Road, Cumming) offers up German and European cuisine in a cozy environment. In the summer, you'll find the beer garden full of guests eating goulash, schnitzel and wurst while sipping on German draft beers.

Other local restaurants featuring German cuisine include the family friendly The Village Corner (6655 James B. Rivers Drive, Stone Mountain) and date night worthy Kurt's Bistro (3305 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 100, Duluth) and City Café & Bakery (215 Glynn St. S, Fayetteville).

Where to drink

Wines from vineyards within the area of the former Habsburg Empire are available at restaurants across the metro area. Common Quarter (1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 101, Marietta) and Vine & Tap (2770 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta) offer an extensive list of red and white wine featuring vintages from the area.

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Where to be merry

Travel to Helen for a Georgia-style Alpine experience. In the spring, head there to hike. During the summer, take a tube ride down the Chattahoochee River with family. In the autumn, travel to the annual Oktoberfest celebration with friends. End your year by enjoying the town's holiday lights and displays.

If you're a fan of German brews, make plans to attend Atlanta's annual German Bierfest. Held each late summer in Woodruff Park, the event features German beers and authentic food like schnitzel and sauerkraut to fill up on.

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