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Must-Try Restaurants in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
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Restaurant Alter Keller in Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, GermanyRothenburg ob der Tauber is not only a feast on the eyes, but also a feast on the taste buds. This authentic and charming medieval walled town along Bavaria, Germany’s famous Romantic Road boasts of many delicious gastronomic specialties that truly delight the senses. A great way to get a taste of these Franconia  dishes (Rothenburg belongs to the Franconia region of Bavaria) is a visit to two of Rothenburg’s character-filled restaurants: Restaurant Alter Keller and Glocke Restaurant.

Restaurant Alter Keller inside the walls of Rothenburg is a small yet lovely joint that’s located along Alter Keller Street. Alter Keller Street is a bit off the main streets and narrower than some, but the restaurant is clearly visible along the path. The place has a cozy ambience with mostly wood lining the ceiling and the walls. They serve a lot of delectable German dishes.

Restaurant Alter Keller in Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, Germany
Restaurant Alter Keller in Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, Germany

We had this duck dish in wine sauce that’s just out of this world—really delicious! 

Duck Dish in Restaurant Alter Keller in Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, Germany

We tried some German sausages (not to be missed when in Germany) and it was yummy as expected.

Sausages in Restaurant Alter Keller in Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, Germany

Restaurant Alter Keller can get pretty crowded especially during peak season so it’s advisable to make reservations beforehand. 

Glocke Restaurant was recommended to us by a receptionist of another hotel on our first night in Rothenburg. After being greeted by a torrent of rain and finally locating our hotel after almost an hour of searching, we finally managed to walk the empty and rather quiet streets (stores and shops in Rothenburg, we found out, close at 6 pm) of Rothenburg, this time in search of a restaurant. We chanced upon a restaurant attached to a hotel but it was closed for the day. The receptionist, however, kindly directed us to Glocke Restaurant on another street. It was a bit of a walk, but since nothing was open nearby, that was more than fine with us.

Glocke Restaurant boasts a similar cozy ambience as Restaurant Alter Keller, but it was more lighted. Just like the latter, the waitresses were also dressed in traditional German customes (or maybe Bavarian, I couldn’t tell). There were plenty of people already in the place when we arrived. We ordered this pork dish that’s covered with breadcrumbs and served with French Fries on the side.

Pork and Fries in Glocke Restaurant in Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, Germany

We ordered another pork dish, with a sauce this time and with something like glutinous rice on the side

Pork Dish in Glocke Restaurant

and a sausage (German sausages are really good!).

Sausage in Glocke Restaurant

Everything came with a small serving of salad and they all tasted great. We capped off our meal with this sweet cream dessert made with the region’s fine wine. It was delicious, made more unique with the addition of Franconia wine. We were told it was a specialty of the region. It was like crème brûlée, but with wine.

Wine Dessert in Glocke Restaurant

We liked dining in Glocke Restaurant so much that we came back 3 or 4 more times during our stay in Rothenburg. I believe the wines they serve are their own produce and they’re a must-try.

Restaurant Alter Keller (Alter Keller 8, 91541 Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany) and Glocke Restaurant (Plonlein 1, 91541 Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany) are a great way to get a taste of the delectable Franconia cuisine, so try them out during your next visit to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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  • tamarasw

    May 16, 2015

    Rothenburg was my favorite stop on a week-long trip in Germany! The best part? Walking along the tops of the rampart walls early in the morning as people were waking up…and also visiting the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Store! Thanks for your interesting post!

    • Olivia

      May 18, 2015

      Love the Christmas goodies, too. 🙂

  • Shere

    May 17, 2015

    That pork dish with breadcrumbles is known as “schnipo” or SCHNItzel mit POmmes. The most common dish in whole Germany 🙂

    • Olivia

      May 18, 2015

      Oh, thanks for letting me know. I did suspect it’s called something like Schnitzel, but I wasn’t sure. Appreciate it 🙂


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