1. Sign with their Special for the day
2. Outdoor seating on the Market Square
Like most other German cities, Altenburg has a restaurant called the Ratskeller in the basement or ground floor of the City Hall.
I don't know how this compares with other restaurants in Altenburg, because no others were open as far as I could see, but I was very satisfied with their Special of the Day: half a cauliflower with sauce Hollandaise and parsley potatoes for only 5.90 Euros.
Like the City Hall itself, the Ratskeller was built in the years 1562 to 1564 by a man named Nicolaus Grohmann, and has been functioning as a restaurant and pub more or less ever since.
On a semi-circular arch over the entrance there is an inscription from Martin Luther's translation of the Bible:
Und saufet Euch nicht voll Weines,
draus ein unordentlich Wesen kommt.
Which I would translate as: "And don't drink yourselves full of wine, from that comes a disorderly being."
This turns out to be from Luke 21:34, which in the King James Version reads: "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares."
As usual, Luther's version is simpler and more direct. He left out the part about "that day", meaning presumably the Judgment Day.
Stadt Gera: Excellent mushrooms!
The closest restaurant to our hotel and immediately impressed by the specials on the menu outside - local mushrooms, good choice for Mrs Bonio (vegetarian). Anyway we were early evening vsitors so still quiet, but was filling up as we left. As I said the freshly cooked mushroom ragout was very good for Mrs B and pork steak with onions and potatoes equally good - we both voted this the best meal on our week in Germany, also able to try some local Altenburger beer, would like to revisit soon.
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