I’ve been to Bacharach several times and never noticed this restaurant. What I did notice was some signs along the road pointing to a beer garden as well as what appeared to be an old merry-go-round up on the hill. It was only after researching on the breweries in the area that I found out that Bacharach has it’s very own brewery. Granted, it is a small brewery. Their motto on their web page is “One of the smallest breweries in Germany”. Their small size doesn’t keep them from brewery four different beers: Weizen, Helles, Dunkles and Doppelbock or keep them from having a really nice location for their beer garden – overlooking the Rhine river. Speaking of their beer garden, part of it is actually inside the old merry-go-around you can see as you drive along the main road.
While I liked the location of the place, the idea of having a beer garden in a merry-go-round and the fact that our server was the wife of the brew master, I didn’t like their beers and their food was pretty plain. I was able to get a sampler so tried all four of their beers and not one of them got me excited or wanting me to return for another sampling. As for their food, it seemed like it was pre-packaged.
Favorite Dish: They did have one dish that was cheese, on top of ham, which was on top of bread which was pretty good.
Riesling ice cream – what else would you expect from a wine town on the Rhein River? A friend of ours told me about the gelato shop Eis Café Italia in Bacharach and, after climbing up and down from the castle, it seemed like the perfect stop.
The others I was with tried the regular flavors – vanilla, chocolate, etc. – but I wanted to try the very different Riesling flavor. It wasn’t sweet and actually rather tart for the first taste or two, but after that it grew on me and I liked it. A one scoop cone was only 70 cents. And the man behind the counter was so friendly!
The Eis Café Italia is only open between April and October (from 1000-2200 daily) and worth a stop if you are in town. There is a small area to sit down and relax or you can get your cone to go. It is located across the street from the Posthof (and Tourist Information Center) in Oberstrasse 48.
On our second visit to Bacharach we ate this unique restaurant that is situated above the Rhein next to an old theatre that is still in use. It was a warm sunny day and we ate in the beer garden outside under a carousel tent overlooking the Rhein. There were four of us and we each got something different so we could sample a variety from the menu. Overall, the food was very good – typical German foods – and the service by the owner was great and very friendly! We had currywurst, Flammkuchen, ham and cheese toast, and a type of calzone. The prices were very good, especially for a tourist town. The four of us ate for under €35, including beverages.
After our meal, we took a short tour of the theatre, which is owned by the same restaurant and right next door.
We weren’t sure where the restaurant was at first; we parked on the street beside the theatre and, while there are signs for the theatre, the signs for the restaurant weren’t as clearly marked. But we walked behind the theatre and noticed the old carousel with people eating at tables and figured this was the place we were looking for. The restaurant is north of the center of town, easy to walk to and has limited parking on the street in front.
Since these two eateries are right next door to each other and I only have external photos, I thought it best to combine the two into one review.
We had dinner in Zur Kupferkanne on the night we arrived in Bacharach. The restaurant is quite small and was full when we arrived so we were shown to a lovely little courtyard in the rear of the building. Sadly I took no pics of the courtyard or of what we ate but I know that all three of us enjoyed our meals very much. The food was typical of the area and the wine was great. This restaurant is certainly worth a visit if ever you are overnighting in Bacharach.
Next door is Beate's Cafe which is largely a coffee and cake sort of place. They do serve a lovely breakfast on Sundays but I was just there for the Kaffe and Kuchen as I had already had my breakfast. The coffee was superb and the lemon and custard tart melted in my mouth. Very reasonably priced as well. In the photo, the green building on your right is Zur Kupfukanne and the brown building with the flower pots is Beate's Cafe.
The very best thing about Guenderodehaus is its location high above the river Rhine. This building was transferred from a village closeby and totally restored on the place where it is standing now, for a TV-movie called "Heimat 3"
It is used as a restaurant nowadays, I really enjoyed sitting under the giant tree that you will see in my 3rd picture.
The service is a bit slow, so it makes sense to come here mainly when you have a lot of time to spend there, 1 person is doing the service.
Favorite Dish: As a starter I had a goat-camambert that was served with bread, jelly and grape-oil: a wonderfull combination. and my maincourse was Flammkuchen / Flammkuechle, a local dish similar to Pizza, but no tomatoes at all, but leek and cheese plus a special garlic-cream, that makes the main ingredients of a Flammküchle.
On the North side of town offf of the main street is a small beer garden/restaurant with terrace seating overlooking the Rhine. We had giant schnitzals and beer as we dined watching the boats drift by. Excellent place for outdoor enjoyment.
It seems Italian-style gelaterie (ice cream parlors) are all the rage on the German tourist scene nowadays. No complaints here. A tasty example is the Italian ice cream shop right downtown. Known in some guidebooks as simply "Eis Cafe Italia," this place offers very tasty cream and fruit based gelati. This is a great place to cap off a dinner and a romantic stroll with a sweet treat.
Favorite Dish: I'm a sucker for Stracciatella, so I had a kugel (scoop) of that. Sara was fond of the Zitrone (lemon). The Riesling-flavored ice cream comes highly recommended as well.
The Mini-Meet crowd wandered up Koblenzerstrasse to explore the town. Don wanted to swing by the Rhine Theater on the north side of town, so we traveled in that general direction. To our surprise, we found the theater also operated a biergarten. We stopped for a quick beverage that night, but Ingrid, Sara, Ryan and I came back the next day for lunch. It was quite a surprise to find a place specializing in beer along the Rhine, but the service, food, and beer were just fine.
Favorite Dish: I had Flammkuchen, an Alsatian dish that's sort of a cross between a pizza and a crêpe. The home-brewed beer, Bacchusbräu, was unfiltered, inexpensive, and tasty.
Along the Rhine and Mosel, you can sometimes get an inexpensive meal at a wine shop or wine cellar. While the menu can be limited, the dishes offered are designed to go well with the wines on sale. This particular one offers very good wine with tasty food at reasonable prices. With a baby in tow, we were happy to sit in the courtyard and sample the wares offered by the Toni Jost winery.
Favorite Dish: I had the "pressack" (head cheese) with vinegar, onions, and pickles. While at first glance that doesn't sound like it would go well with wine, I reasoned that they wouldn't offer it if it didn't. Sure enough, it did go extremely well with the glass of halbtrocken (semi-dry) Spätlese I ordered. Sara had an omelet and a bottle of very tasty estate traubensaft (grape juice).
An interesting experience was sitting outside at the Altes Haus, a very famous (and supposedly romantic) restaurant in the center of town. Since we had an infant in tow, however, it was prudent for us to enjoy one of the more modest outside tables. Service, food, and wine were very good... but I must admit it was somewhat unnerving for cars to pass (literally!) within inches of our seats as they drove by. The inebriated local who kept staggering over to "play" with Ryan didn't help the atmosphere much, either.
Favorite Dish: I had the Sülze (aspic of pork) with hard-boiled egg and vegetables. Sara had some tortellini with grated cheese and spinach. The glass of wine I had was very good, while Sara enjoyed her riesling traubensaft (grape juice).
The "Mini-Meet for Minifrosch" met here at the Restaurant Kranenturm. The food was fresh and tasty, and the service was very good. You have the choice of dining indoors, or outside on the patio overlooking the tracks. While the patio is very scenic, be warned the trains scream by at irregular intervals. Despite the risks, we chose to have the meeting and dinner outside. All had a very enjoyable time.
Favorite Dish: On special was freshly caught trout, pan-fried and served in a lemon-caper sauce with boiled potatoes. Sara, Don, and I had that, and enjoyed it very much. Ingrid, who arrived a bit later, had a pasta dish.
1. Sara, Ryan and Mark at the Kranenturm
Six-month-old Ryan was in Europe for the first time and he was the guest of honor at this mini-VT-meeting. With enough cushions to prop him up he was able to sit with us and look very attentively with wide-open eyes at everything that was going on.
Except the trains. He didn't pay much attention to the trains, even though they passed by every few minutes just a few meters from our table. We adults had to interrupt our conversation when a train came through, especially if it was a freight train ("goods train" to you) since a lot of the older freight cars are still quite noisy. The technology to quiet them exists, but it has to be decided on, ordered, installed and paid for.
Ryan's parents, Mark (travelfrosch) and Sara (sarams), had just arrived with him from New York. They knew Bacharach from a previous visit and decided to make this their first stop on their 2010 tour. I came up from Frankfurt to meet them, and a bit later Ingrid (trekki) came up from Darmstadt.
The Kranenturm ("crane tower") restaurant is right on the old city wall and belongs to the hotel of the same name. There are six outdoor tables, and the people at all six of them were speaking English as far as I could tell. Later the waiter was quite startled when Ingrid and I spoke a bit of German for some reason.
I forget what Ingrid ate, but the rest of us all ordered the fried trout (Forelle Müllerin), which was really tasty. After supper we had a walk down along the river bank and then up through the town, stopping for ice cream on the way and later for drinks by the theater at an old carousel that had been saved and converted into an outdoor café.
The Burg Stahleck cafe/bistro in on the main street at number 6, Blucher Strasse.
It was only place open at night in November!
They do the best pizza ive ever had!!!
It was 32 euros for 2 pizzas and a bottle of wine.
Its only a small place but the owner was friendly.
The oldest building in Bacharach - and a wonderful meal to boot. This was a Rick Steves recommendation - but luckily we didn't encounter a tour group, and took our time to have a mid-day dinner that was one of the best of our trip, in an exceptional setting.
And - true to service in Germany - you are allowed all the time in the world to savor your meal. Don't miss this if you have the opportunity to visit Bacharach - but please, don't rush through.
Weinhaus Altes Haus offered intriguing, tempting entrees and marvelous service. The desserts were not as unique, but excellent ( e.g., ice cream with a superb raspberry sauce, the best strudel).
Favorite Dish: Try whatever seduces your taste buds - it will be delicious.
This is my favorite restaurant in Bacharach, partly because of the great half-timbered-facade, but also for the great food !
The Restaurant "Alte Münze" in Bacharach was built into the building, where gold-coins were produced between 1356 und 1508 , according to a priviledge by emperor Karl IV in 1356.
Nowadays the building is a great restaurant and cafe with a nice restaurant-garden and cosy rooms inside - see my pics ! Also the building itself looks really great with the halftimbered facade.
Favorite Dish: I had "Rheinischer Sauerbraten" and really enjoyed it ! You might be surprised to find raisins in the gravy that is served with the beef, but you will soon find out, it tastes really great !