Restaurants

Top Choice German in Scheunenviertel

Pauly Saal

Since taking the helm at this Michelin-starred outpost, Arne Anker has given the cuisine a youthful and lighter edge while still following the seasonal-regional credo. Only multicourse menus are served, even at lunc…
Top Choice German in Erfurt

Zum Wenigemarkt 13

This upbeat restaurant in a delightful spot (an 18th-century house on the small marketplace at the eastern end of the Krämerbrücke) serves traditional and updated takes on Thuringian cuisine, starring regionally hun…
Top Choice German in Scheunenviertel

Weinbar Rutz

Below his high-concept gourmet temple, Michelin-starred Marco Müller operates this fairly casual wine bar where the menu has a distinctly earthy and carnivorous bent. Many of the meats and sausages are sourced from …
Top Choice German in Eisenach

Weinrestaurant Turmschänke

Going strong since 1910 – when the hotelier of the Kaiserhof connected his premises to the 11th-century defensive tower next door – and persisting through the GDR years, this hushed hideaway scores a perfect 10 on t…
Top Choice German in Historic Mitte

Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt

Tourists, concert-goers and hearty-food lovers rub shoulders at rustic tables in this authentic Bavarian beer hall. Soak up the down-to-earth vibe right along with a mug of full-bodied Augustiner brew. Sausages, roa…
Top Choice German in Hamelin

Rattenfängerhaus

One of Hamelin's finest ornamental Weser Renaissance–style buildings, the Rattenfängerhaus (Pied Piper House) has a facade dating to 1602, with older sections within. It's now home to an unashamedly tourist-centric …
Top Choice German in Moselle Valley

Liller's Historische Schlossmühle

A wonderland of waterwheels, wooden furniture and fairylights, this ancient mill was moved stone by stone in 1804 to its magical spot in the forest 21km southeast of Traben-Trarbach. Venison carpaccio marinated in p…
Top Choice German in Leipzig

Auerbachs Keller

Founded in 1525, Auerbachs Keller is one of Germany’s best-known restaurants. It’s cosy and touristy but the food’s actually quite good and the setting memorable. There are two sections: the vaulted Grosser Keller f…
Top Choice German in Frankfurt am Main

Zu den 12 Aposteln

Glowing with sepia-toned lamplight, the 12 Apostles has ground-floor and brick-cellar dining rooms serving wonderfully traditional German dishes: Matjes (herring) with sour cream, apple and fried onion; roast pork k…
Top Choice German in Münster

Altes Gasthaus Leve

Münster’s oldest inn (since 1607) has painted tiles, oil paintings and copper etchings that form a suitably rustic backdrop to the hearty Westphalian fare. Besides seasonal specials, stalwart dishes such as lima-bea…