Regensburg Sausage Kitchen

Regensburg, Germany

The Historic Sausage Kitchen of Regensburg (Wurstküche) is notable as perhaps the oldest continuously open public restaurant in the world. In 1135 a building was erected as the construction office for the Regensburg stone bridge. When the bridge was finished in 1146 AD, the building became a restaurant named Garkueche auf dem Kranchen ('cookshop near the crane') as it was situated near the then river port. Dockers, sailors and the staff of the nearby St. Peter cathedral workshop were the regulars for the centuries to come. The present building at this location dates from the 17th century, but archaeological evidence has confirmed the existence of a previous building from the 12th century with about the same dimensions.

Until ca. AD 1800, the specialty was boiled meat, but when the family who currently own the restaurant took over in 1806, charcoal grilled sausages were introduced as the main dish offered. The kitchen still operates today and serves 6,000 sausages to guests daily.



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Founded: 1135
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

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Chris van den Bos (17 months ago)
Great little place full of character. The charcoal grilled sausages are the best!
Hilda Martinez (17 months ago)
We went to eat here and have some of the famous food. The history was intriguing. It was established while the bridge was being built for the crews to have something to eat. It has lasted throughout the years. While I am not a fan of this type of food, I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. The next time I visit Germany I will definitely return.
Sevil Öz (18 months ago)
We are bringing our guests very often to this place. We were satisfied all over but last time it was real disaster. The waitress was so rude she blamed us not to count the bread we had eaten and that we were not honest etc. They bring handwritten bill! It was unbelievable!! We claimed to their website no one answered.
Jirath Vudhidhanaseth (18 months ago)
The atmosphere is great. But if you're looking for a decent bite, find some places else. The size is too small and the taste is not even comparable to some gas stations. But if you just want to sit there and enjoy the river view regardless the taste of food, this is the right place.
Julia (2 years ago)
This is a tourist trap. They only put expensive dishes on the menu (all over 10 euros), and you have to read a small sign outside of the store to realize that a cheaper option exists. Prior to payment, I was not informed that I would be charged for the bread on the tables (1 euro for a very small piece). After I was charged 10.60 euros for a couple skinny sausages, the server tried ripping me off 1 euro. Tipping is NOT required in Germany, but he just did not give me back my full change, assuming I did not know that fact. When I asked for my change, the server slammed a coin in my hand. The impertinence was beyond excusable. If you want to tell your friends back home that you went to a 850 year old restaurant, come here. If you wish to have a pleasant experience and good food, go somewhere else.
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