Alt Giessen Gasthaus Brewerei: Locally Brewed Beer and Good Food
This is the only restaurant in the town that makes its own beer so of course it was on my to do list when my wife and I visited the town on a nice Saturday afternoon in August of 2013. It is located close to pedestrian area and close to all the major attractions in the town.
The first thing to know is there is free parking at their location. The second thing is they have a nice beer garden nicely shaded that works well on a warm, sunny day. Finally, their menu is extensive but not in English, so if your German is as poor as mine, you may want to go to their website and review the menu before you go (got to love Google Translate).
I had their “ein paar Bauernbratwürste mit Sauerkraut and kartofflelstampf” which translates into a pair of sausages with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. It was delicious and well worth the wait since they messed up my order and tried to serve me white sausages instead. My wife also enjoyed her lunch which was a potato dish with veggies and cheese sauce.
Now for the reason for going: their beer. They have a beer probe (beer tasting) so you can try four of their beers without getting wasted. The four beers are their Hell, Dunkle, Weizen and Dunkle Weizen or in English, Pils, Dark, Wheat, and dark wheat. I enjoyed three of them but their dunkle tasted slightly burnt. They were also brewing a special beer, a Dunkle Mehrkorn Weizen. It was a wheat beer which also contained several other grains in the malt. It was really good and highly recommend it if they happen to be brewing it during your visit.
Service wasn’t great but the beer and food made up it. Recommend you give it a try if you in the area.
Favorite Dish: If you like Sauerkraut try the dish I mention above.
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
Ristorante/Pizzeria Burghof: Restaurant behind the theater
Not counting McDonald's, this is the closest restaurant to the City Theater. In the photo you can see a bit of the theater building on the left underneath the green umbrella.
Nice garden for the summer months. A bit stuffy and old-fashioned inside, but nothing drastic.
Favorite Dish: Standard Italian fare.
They also serve Licher beer, a fine local brand which is brewed not far from here in a town predictably called Lich.
To find out all about Lich, use the link below to see VT's first and only Lich page, by Weissdorn.
Cup&Cino: Coffee house behind the theater
A pleasant and elegant place to have a cup of coffee or whatnot before or after the opera. In the photo you can see the City Theater in the background.
Cup&Cino is located in a little square at the edge of the pedestrian zone.
Don't let it bother you that they have to share this little square with McDonald's, since the latter have adapted their architecture to the setting so they at least aren't an eyesore.
Also don't let it bother you that the Cup&Cino menu contains pages of self-praise about what marketing geniuses they are. This is the 21st century, after all, and that's what these hip young companies all do.
But it's all right, the drinks taste fine just the same.