The hospitality of German hosts (GASTHAUS) has long been a household word, and its traditions are rooted in the long past. The spirit of antiquity reigns in the taverns of Germany, its inns, roadside hotels and restaurants.
The hospitality of German hosts (GASTHAUS) has long been a household word, and its traditions are rooted in the long past. The spirit of antiquity reigns in the taverns of Germany, its inns, roadside hotels and restaurants. The old interiors welcome dear guests, they are offered traditional dishes of national cuisine. The owner of the establishment will be happy to drink a mug of cold beer with the guest and start a hearty conversation with him. Such a warm welcome gives tourists the opportunity to appreciate the national hospitality and plunge into the atmosphere of the mysterious Middle Ages.
Each German city can boast its own famous "oldest inn." For Berlin a restaurant became such an institution "At the last resort" (Zur Letzten Instanz). The history of the inn in Mitte, opened near the courthouse, dates back to the beginning of the 16th century. Close proximity to the abode of the law was reflected in the name of the entertainment facility. A joking "legitimate" flavor is in the names of the local dishes. The guest will be served with Cross-Examination, Witness Testimony; solemnly put before him the "Breakfast of the lawyer."
Soviet television viewers had the opportunity to see this restaurant in the film "Seventeen Moments of Spring." A joint dinner of Stirlitz and Pastor Schlag took place here - the truth is that the cinema version of the tavern was called the Gruby Gottlieb restaurant. Beethoven, Gorky, and even Napoleon visited the tavern.
If we consider the oldest German taverns throughout the country, then several of these institutions can claim leadership in the competition. City Miltenberg with a population of 10,000, located in Bavaria, presents its “challenger” to tourists - an inn "The Giant" (Zum Riesen). It is mentioned in chronicles dating back to 1158. Many celebrities of the past visited its walls: reformer Martin Luther and composer Richard Strauss visited here; the legendary Elvis Presley and President Theodore Hoyce himself. Even the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa visited the Giant. Four years ago, the institution was almost closed, fortunately, there was a tenant who supported him and continued his glorious traditions. Opened here in 2008, the beer restaurant is considered unsurpassed in Franconia. "The Giant" serves beer soup, beef liver with sauerkraut and the famous German apple strudel with ice cream and various sauces.
On Mount Schönberg in the city center Black Forest (Schwarzwald) there is a guest yard The Lion (Gasthaus “Zum Löwen”). This ancient half-timbered building is protected as an architectural monument - after all, the first evidence of its existence dates back to 1231. The famous chef from Italy, Romeo Minervini, works here. He has long been living in Germany and owns all the subtleties of Swabian cuisine. “Lion” serves delicious pork ribs, “multashen” - German dumplings, a variety of fish dishes, vegetarian cuisine and homemade bread. There are seasonal local specialties and traditional Easter dishes. Regular guests of the institution: vacationers from Seelbach - a local resort; cycling tourists.
And in Munich the most famous tavern is called Hofbräuhaus. There are several reasons for this. Hofbräuhaus was opened in 1589 - it is the oldest city restaurant. Its interior was perfectly preserved; restaurant waiters are dressed in traditional costumes. This institution also liked to visit celebrities. There were Wolfgang Mozart and Princess Sisi (Elizabeth of Bavaria); Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and his wife - Nadezhda Konstantinovna - also appreciated the local cuisine. It is here that you can try excellent Bavarian beer and true Bavarian snacks: cheeses, sausages and pretzels. During the Oktoberfest, the tavern gathers many tourists.
Real champagne is produced in the province of Champagne. Parma ham is made in Parma; Dijon mustard is released in Dijon. Well, the Nuremberg sausages since 1419 are made exclusively in Nuremberg - This right is protected by a patent. You can try the world-famous Nuremberg sausages in the tavern "At the golden star" (Zum Gulden Stern). The restaurant specializes in these gastronomic products. Tourists order 6 to 12 sausages, served with cabbage, horseradish and traditional potato salad.
Those who are passionate about hunting delicacies - game dishes, wild boar sausages - must visit the inn Black Eagle (Schwarzer Adler). Town Bad Kissingen (Bavaria) is famous throughout Germany for its record - the longest sausage in the world, made by Bernhard Ossner - the chef and the owner of the establishment. 30 m of intestines and 1700 kg of meat were spent on creating a gastronomic "record". The outdoor terrace of the Black Eagle invites you to sit behind a glass of excellent Bavarian beer. Here you can have a good rest in the evening and in Knight's Cellarwhere the medieval atmosphere is truly reproduced. Gloomy stone vaults hang overhead, pottery stands on the tables, and a candlelight illuminates the darkened cellar room.
One of the most shocking establishments in Germany - a tavern "Bollesje". It is located in the city Rudesheim am rhein, in a former prison - and the rules here are appropriate. Even at the entrance, guests will take fingerprints. Surprises will continue afterwards: a “prison” photo session will be held with a sign in their hands, visitors will be offered to wear prison robes, read out the rights. Dinner will be held in gloomy "cells" - on the interior as close as possible to the prison, fenced off by real bars. The massive oak tables will serve a menu of prisoners. The names of the dinner dishes are eloquent: "Balanda", "Loop", "Suicide Dinner". "Prisoners" do not have to pay for wine - here they serve it as much as desired and completely free. Another surprise awaits the guests at the end of the meal - they will finally be given a verdict of acquittal and will even be given a certificate of release.
Once upon a time there was indeed a prison. Judging by historical records, the rules in it reigned very liberal. The prisoners received the latest news from their guards, the staff of the prison staff monitored the quality of food for prisoners. And indeed, in this correctional facility they got cellars of both beer and wine!
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