We found our way on a freezing October evening to this warm and welcoming little restaurant in Diepholz, just a shortish walk from our hotel.
The Staff were friendly and inviting and we were immediately shown to our table by the window. It was strange to find a large group of Americans here too.
Favorite Dish: Although it's a pizza restaurant, they also specialise in fresh mussels. But we ordered medium sized pizzas for around 6 or 7E depending on what toppings you had and Pommes (chips).
I had the vegetarian pizza with asparagus, broccoli and egg and it was great.
For pudding we asked for the Speisekarte (menu) again - the waiter brought it over, but when we looked through there were no desserts listed! So I don't know why he gave it to us.. did he really think we were going to order another dinner??
Anyway we asked for ice-cream but "they didn't really have any"... whatever that meant... he pointed to the board advertising their other speciality... Tiramisu... which we ordered as it seemed to be the only dessert available. Obviously they wanted to get rid of that before getting the icecream out of the freezer! LOL!
We had a bit of a giggle and really enjoyed the atmosphere here. Definitely recommended.
Opening times: 12-2pm and 6pm-11pm (Friday and Saturday open until midnight)
We arrived in Diepholz after an hour train ride from Bremen. We had our wonderful Niedersachsen Fahrkarte which was only 23E for two people (up to a group of 5) and it lasts 24 hours and until 3am the next day. This is a great bargain if you are doing a lot of train travel in one day as we were, and can save you a small fortune in rail fares!
There is a DB Reiseburo in the Station and they are very helpful and even let you sit in there and wait when it is freezing outside on the platform. They close for lunch between half 12 and half 1 so then they lock the doors and you are left out in the cold :)
There is a book shop and also a Gaststatte where you can use the toilets but it wasn't open when we visited.
Trains from Diepholz go to Osnabrueck and Bremen.
We wanted to find out times of buses to Duemmersee so we went to the Rathaus to find out. The guy there had about a zillion different timetables but not one for the 129 which was the bus we needed. He called his colleague and she couldn't find it either.. so they looked it up on the bus website and gave us a print out. We left them with their desk strewn with about 500 little timetables.. tut tut. So disorganised.. so unGerman. :))
We had about half an hour to wait for the bus, so we had a little look around the town before walking back to the station to get the bus. When the driver arrived he let us on and we paid for a bus Tageskarte for just 7.5E for the whole day for two of us (it can be used for a group of up to 6 people, 2 adults and 4 children). Public transport in Germany is SO much cheaper - it's a real joy to find these bargains!
Check the bus website for more details of the Niedersachsen regional buses... it's a great way to get around cheaply!
Anyway, Duemmersee is about 15 minutes ride from Diepholz. We got there... and got the same bus back about 35 minutes later. The driver was surprised to see us so soon but there really isn't anything to do there in the Winter so we didn't hang around.
Duemmersee is a lake resort area just a 15 minute bus ride from Diepholz. Take the 129 bus from the railway station and get off at Lehmfoerde.
There is a small museum here too and a few restaurants, but it is mostly closed after the summer season so don't bother going between Sept and May! We went on a bleak and desolate October morning and nothing was open except the supermarket so we got back on the bus.
It was closed when we needed it to be open, but you can always get information from the Rathaus (townhall) just a short walk away, AND they are open from 8.30am!
More information about Diepholz can be found on the website Willkommen in Diepholz
Fondest memory: This little Plaatdeutsch inscription in the timber above the door reads:
"Ho Ho Ho wat Hoert Do Olle To"
Ho Ho Ho, was hörten da alle zu!
and roughly translates (in English) as .... "ho ho ho -- how they all listened!"
Thanks to Win (RhineRoll) for this info! :)