We almost always want traditional German food on our holidays in Germany. This is where we got it. Typical friendliness, very prompt service and a lovely atmosphere.
Even though this address is recommended in an Eisenach gastronomic brochure (to be found all over the place, the brochure I mean), there was not a tourist in sight on Saturday evening.
Just locals. Good.
They serve Augustiner beer here, a very old and famous cloister brewery in Munich.
Have a look at the 5th photo, a price list of the beer and you know why we love coming to Germany. It's cheap!
There are also historical theme evenings.
One of the funniest comments in the menu was something like this: if you announce beforehand, we can prepare food for you to eat till you drop.
Favorite Dish: The most sympathetic about this restaurant/pub is that their meat has provenance. They tell you in the menu exactly where it is from.
I had the most tender pork ever, in a simple dish. Pieces of pork with a coating of onion and strong mustard in an omelet jacket. It was almost soothing to eat.
The other dish was equally tender. Moreover, they dare to serve the pork pink. With a homemade sauce of creamed mushrooms (no packets of tins here).
We drank plenty of beer and Apfelschorle, had a main course each, a traditional after-dinner liquor each for under 40 euro total.
Though I haven't been at Wartburg Castle itself I yet did hike up there, and after my sporty-sweaty effort, I thought that little sausage booth, came perfectly to handy: providing with great, fresh made, fantastic smelling sausages, and hot coffee! This little sausage stand is located right below the Wartburg Castle.
Sausage booth of Fleischerei Uth
at Wartburg Castle,
Thuringia Bratwurst is a highly-spiced uncured sausage made in Germany. The sausages are 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) long, and weigh between 3 1/2 to 5 oz (100 to 150 g.) The meat is pork, which may be blended with veal or beef. It is trimmed of all rind, ground medium-fine, then seasoned with spices. The spice mixture will vary by maker, but generally includes caraway, garlic, marjoram, and salt and pepper. No sage is used. The meat mixture is then piped into narrow sausage casings made from pig or sheep's gut, which are then twisted off. They are not packed as tightly into their casing as other Bratwurst sausages are. The sausages are then partially cooked by the maker at 167 F (75 C.) By law, at least 51% of the ingredients have to originate in Thuringia. Thuringia Bratwurst are eaten in rolls with mustard.
Cafe Moritz is right at Eisenach's main road (center) which is really loudy with loads of cars, trucks are passing by. Yet the cafe's indoor is very cosy, lovely a little old fashioned looking with very friendly service and a nice selection of cakes and other goodies. Just perfect after that Wartburg Castle hike is done. Here one can feel how this town provids with hospitality!
We've had chocolate cake with strawberry-cream and fruits' tea, mineral water.
Kaffee-Terasse Wintergarten is a self-service restaurant with a large terrace and reasonable prices and it is the same building as the 5star-hotel, BUT at the backside, with a different entrance and no way to walk through for the customers ! The prices of this Cafe are a lot more reasonable and the view of Eisenach and the surrounding area is really great !
The Kaffee-Terasse is open daily between 10.ooa.m. and 06.00p.m.
Favorite Dish: I had a chocolate-cake and some coffee and it tasted great !
For hungry visitors i can recommend this great restaurant at Wartburg : Burgschaenke "Gadem" !
Burgschaenke or Burgschenke Gadem, there is an old spelling and a new one and it is that building with the half-timbered facade on my main picture. It is a nice place for your meal, a lot cheaper and also less formal than the Landgrafenstube !
Burgschaenke „Gadem“ is open daily
From March till October : 10.00a.m. - 06.00p.m.
From November till February : 10.00a.m. till 04.30p.m.
PLUS in the evening upon appointment by groups of at least 20 persons !
Favorite Dish: There are lots of fancy dishes on the menu and the names of them sound really funny and interesting, in case that you are able to understand some german :
Kreuzfahrers Fastenspeise (Tomatencremesuppe) 4,50
(Grüner Bohnentopf mit Rindfleisch) 4,50
(Hausgemachte Leberwurst mit Essig-Gemüse und Landbrot 3,50
Meister Klingsors Zauberstab
(Wiener Würstchen mit Kartoffelsalat) 4,20
(Minihaxe mit Weißkrautsalat und Landbrot) 6,00
(Hühnerfrikassee mit Reis) 8,50
There are several restaurants of different levels at Wartburg, but Landgrafenstube is certainly the best of them and a special place for festivities and celebrations of all kinds !
Part of this restaurant is also the terrace that you may see on my 1st picture.
Landgrafenstube is open daily April-November:
12.00-03.00 and 06.00-10.00p.m.
reservation of a table is recommended !
Daily they serve a "Thueringer Menue" with 5 courses
for a price around 37,- euros
maincourses are between 14 and 23 euros
Favorite Dish: This restaurant is not really my price-level and on such a lovely day I did not want to spend my time in a restaurant, but rather explore the Wartburg...
We had a quick lunch here. As we travelled with a group, i.e. Jennie's choir, lunch had already been prepared for us. The restaurant prides itself with its long history ("mit dem besonderen historischen Flair") because it is in actual fact a cellar, or "Keller" in German, of the former city castle that went by the name of Steinhof first mentioned in the year 1190. A pity the facade was being repaired when we were there!
Favorite Dish: It was mostly cheese and sausages with some bread and gherkins, not unlike the English 'ploughman's lunch'. It tasted okay, though.
This was my favorite restaurant in Eisenach. (OK, you should know that I don't really like German food...). Anyway, the Thai food wasn't bad. (I never tried any of the Chinese dishes there). The location is convenient, as it's located right on the main pedestrian street in the city. The service is good, prices are very reasonable. Keep in mind that when you get Thai food in Germany, it tends to not be really spicy. So if you want some heat, be sure to order something marked as "scharf"
I ate here a couple of times, mainly because a) it wasn't German food and b) It's right on the main pedestrian street. If the weather's nice, it's a great place to sit outside and people watch. I think they have a decent-sized TV inside, so you could watch some soccer/football if there's a game on. The food & service are nothing special.
Favorite Dish: Go for the people watching, not the food. Or just go to the Italian place right across the street if you want to sit outside and eat something other than German food.
If you go to Germany, you have to grab a quick meal at a Doner Kebab. This one is right off of the main pedestrian street in Eisenach, and is inexpensive, pretty quick and has good Kebab sandwiches and pizzas. Plus they always had some magazines or catalog lying around for me to browse through while I waited for my food.