Best restaurants in Swabian Alps Region

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    Zur Forelle

    Since 1626, this low-ceilinged tavern has been convincing wayfarers (Einstein included) of the joys of seasonal Swabian cuisine. Ablaze with flowers in summer, this wood-panelled haunt by the Blau prides itself on its namesake Forelle (trout), kept fresh under the bridge and served in a number of different guises alongside menu staples such as schnitzel and beef roulade.

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    This warm, inviting woodcutter’s cottage hits the mark with its delicious mix of Swabian and Italian-inspired dishes. Plump for a river-facing table and sample clean, bright flavours such as home-smoked salmon carpaccio, or Swabian old favourites including Kässpätzle (eggy pasta topped with cheese and fried onions) and Maultaschen (the regional take on ravioli). Day specials cost as little as €7.

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    Fräulein Lecker

    Almost Scandi in style with its clean-lined simplicity, this wine-store-bar-bistro lit by funky bottle lights is a wonderful place to try (and buy) local wines with region-driven snacks – from tasting platters of cheeses and hams to Dinnete (a Swabian take on tarte flambée) and German sushi (substituting pearl barley for rice). As the name suggests, it's all lecker (yum).

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    Step across the river and into Neu-Ulm in Bavaria for winningly fresh and authentic sushi. Kon-Ya prepares excellent bento, filled with sashimi, maki and nigiri. Children and vegetarians are also catered for with dedicated menus. The lunch menu (bento, miso soup and green tea) is cracking value at €9.70.

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    If you're craving a little spice, this new Vietnamese restaurant near the Hauptbahnhof is the real deal. Against a retro-cool backdrop of bistro tables and charcoal-grey, portrait-slung walls – all lit by basket-woven lights – you can slurp steaming phos (noodle soups) and dip summer rolls into mouth-puckering sauces for pocket-money prices.

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    Dean & David

    This is a great find for vegetarians, vegans and frankly anyone looking for a healthy bite while exploring central Ulm. The slickly modern deli-cafe rustles up interesting salads (from mango prawn to vegan superfood and grilled veggie), sandwiches, curries, soups, freshly squeezed juices and green smoothies at wallet-friendly prices. Allergies are catered for.

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    Zunfthaus der Schiffleute

    Looking proudly back on a 600-year tradition, this timber-framed restaurant sits by the river. The menu speaks of a chef who loves the region, with Swabian favourites such as Katzagschroi (beef, onions, egg and fried potatoes) and meaty one-pot Schwäbisches Hochzeitssüppchen. There's a special menu for kids.

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    This classy Greek restaurant has a market-driven menu, lots of fresh seafood and a bulging wine cellar. Begin with some homemade dips and grilled octopus, before mains such as sea bass with lime mash and Mediterranean vegetables, and rack of lamb with thyme gravy and parmesan potatoes.

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    Zur Lochmühle

    The watermill has been churning the Blau since 1356 at this rustic half-timbered pile. Plant yourself in the riverside beer garden for Swabian classics such as crispy roast pork, Schupfnudeln (potato noodles) and brook trout with lashings of potato salad.

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    Snuggled away in a Topferei (potter’s workshop), Animo is a relaxed cafe, with homemade cakes and vegetarian specials (creative salads, pasta, risotto and the like) – all served in beautifully detailed porcelain. Also hosts regular cultural events.

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    Hearty fare such as Käsespätzle (cheese noodles) and pork roast soak up the prize-winning beer, microbrewed in Neu-Ulm, at this brewpub. There are also some excellent craft beers to sample. The lunch special goes for €6.90.

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    Da Franco

    If you fancy a break from the norm, give this little Italian place a whirl. There is a seasonal touch to authentic dishes such as swordfish with clams, and veal escalope with asparagus, all cooked and presented with style.

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    Gaststätte Krone

    Going strong since 1320, Ulm’s oldest inn is now a delightfully cosy, wood-panelled affair. The regional grub is second to none, whether you opt for Rinderbrühe mit Flädle (beef broth with sliced pancakes) or Linsen mit Saitenwürste (lentils with poached sausages). Children's options are also offered. Sadly service can be a bit iffy.