Thuringian Forest & the Saale Valley restaurants

Top Choice Modern European in Jena

Landgrafen Jena

High in the hills, with stunning views over Jena, this smart multi-purpose restaurant serves genuinely interesting food such as potato-wasabi soup with 'river-crab tails.' There's a summer garden with bratwursts, be…
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…
German in Jena

Fuchsturm Berggaststätte

Beneath the ancient Fuchsturm, the solitary tower that is all that remains intact of the levelled Schloss Kirchberg, you'll find this atmospheric dining hall that has been serving hearty traditional fare to go with …
Italian in Eisenach

Villa Antik Rinascita

A little removed from the Old Town action, this free-standing villa on the road to the Wartburg shows some serious Italian flair in the kitchen. Vegetarians will need to stick to the pasta menu, but carnivores will …
International in Jena

Stilbruch

The competition is great on Wagnergasse, Jena’s pub mile, but this multilevel contender is a worthy stop for drinks, with a menu that has something for everybody (even vegetarians). It's especially good for weekend …
Cafe in Eisenach

Zucker + Zimt

'Sugar and Cinammon' is both cake shop and cafe, offering coffee, breakfast, salads, sandwiches, crêpes and homemade cakes alongside praline, chocolate and ice cream. With a modern, green decor and plenty of vegetar…
Italian in Eisenach

La Grappa Pasquale Esposito

The sunny terracotta terrace of this local favourite takes you straight back to the homeland. Heavier meat dishes such as pork fillet baked with cream, spinach and mozzarella are balanced by a broad choice of fish, …
German in Jena

Gasthaus Zur Noll

You’ll find classic Thuringian hospitality galore in this woody, historic charmer. Perfect for sampling hearty rustic fare, the menu is updated seasonally, but always features German and traditional Thuringian cooki…
Cafe in Jena

Café Immergrün

Students of this university town make up much of the clientele and workforce of the 'Cafe Evergreen', a self-service bistro-pub long popular with the locals. With its plump, intimate sofas, leafy garden and (most of…
German in Eisenach

Brunnenkeller

Linen-draped tables beneath an ancient vaulted brick ceiling (a cellar left over from the long-departed 12th-century castle) set the tone of this traditional chow house. Predictably, meals are honest-to-goodness Ger…