Auerbachs Keller, Leipzig

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    Auerbachs Keller

    by Leipzig Updated Jul 29, 2004

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    Auerbachs Keller was built between 1530 and 1538. J.W.Goethe liked to stay there and wrote on his masterwork 'Faust' there and let one scene play in this tavern. A Statue in front of the entrance remembers the ride on a wine barrel.

    The prices for dishes are higher then in the restaurants around but you definitely have the best flair here.
    I recommend to book in advance to avoid waiting to long to get in.

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    Auerbachs Keller: Home to scene from a great work of Romantic Lit.

    by sourbugger Updated Dec 9, 2003

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    I Know - i'll sell by soul to the devil !

    This bierkeller has all the things you would expect of such an establishment - frothy beer, frothy serving wenches, solid traditional food, high vaulted ceilings and damn good toilets - Heaven.

    What sets the place apart is the fact that in it's long history it has been used as a setting for various works of literature, including "Faust" by Goethe, which is regarded by many as one of the greatest works of European (and specifically Romantic) Literature.

    I managed to find the following lines from the play, that actully refer to the place :

    MEPHISTOPHELES :
    We heard erewhile, unless I'm wrong,
    Voices well trained in chorus pealing?
    Certes, most choicely here must song
    Re-echo from this vaulted ceiling!

    The following for the non-culture vultures is a summary of the plot, so you can bluff you knowledge about Faust if you end up drinking here :

    (Commentary by Magill) "A seminal work of the Romantic Movement, Faust dissects the philosophical problem of human damnation brought about by the desire for knowledge and personal happiness. A basically good man and a man of genius, Faust sells his soul to the Devil in a contract stipulating that only when he finds an experience so great that he wishes it to endure forever can the Devil take his soul. He finally reaches his goal, but the experience is one in which he helps his fellow man. Thus Mephistopheles loses despite his efforts" (Magill 307).

    Favorite Dish: I Found that one of the most basic dishes on the menu was a real filler - pork on bown bread with cabbage. It was about 8 Euro, and found at the bottom of the main dishes list.

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