Bremen Ratskeller

Bremen, Germany

The Bremen Ratskeller is the council wine cellar of the Townhall of Bremen. Since 1330 the Council of Bremen held the privilege of white wine which was valid until 1815. No citizen should sell wine without the permission of the Council. All wines had to be stored in the Cellar of the Council. The purpose was to control the prices and the payment of taxes.

The Ratskeller was built in 1405 and it is one of the oldest wine cellars of Germany, furthermore the oldest wine barrel of Germany, a wine from Rüdesheim which is dated 1653, is stored here.

In the cellar there has long been a traditional tavern and today a large part of it is a gourmet restaurant. With about 650 varieties the Ratskeller has the world's greatest selection of German wines exclusively, even in total there are about 1,200 different spirits available.

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Am Markt 20, Bremen, Germany
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Founded: 1405
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Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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4.2/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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michael turner (3 months ago)
We had such a nice evening in this unique atmosphere. The food was delicious ! However we didn't quite like the desserts. The main courses alone are worth your while, though. The prices are good and the service is great. Make sure you book a table. Visit their site to do so.
Emre Kurt (4 months ago)
Very good designed restaurant with good selection of food and drink.
Danielle Lane (5 months ago)
They have vaulted ceilings that are ornate and help transport you to another time. The sides have semi-private booths that are tucked away. You sit inside this little nook and feel like no one else is anywhere around. It was a really neat place. I am glad we decided to order the cheese plate...yum!
VOLKER Hills (5 months ago)
Good food, friendly staff,I really like it. I met my friend in this restaurant and it was good service. Highly recommended it.
Michael Hofmann (5 months ago)
Good local food and a beautiful location. Very extensive wine menu. Service could be more attentive, though.
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