Rothenburg 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.
We had this duck dish in wine sauce that’s just out of this world—really delicious!
We tried some German sausages (not to be missed when in Germany) and it was yummy as expected.
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.
We ordered another pork dish, with a sauce this time and with something like glutinous rice on the side
and a sausage (German sausages are really good!).
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.
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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