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.

References:

Comments

Your name



Details

Founded: 1135
Category:
Historical period: Hohenstaufen Dynasty (Germany)

More Information

en.wikipedia.org

Rating

4.2/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Fasih Chishti (2 years ago)
The place has a nice ambiance facing riverview on one side and glamorous old buildings across the road.
Oleksandr Levenko (2 years ago)
The oldest "fast food" in the world on the river side. Actually nothing special. Ordinary sausages that I can buy in my city.
Ágnes (2 years ago)
It's an alright place with overpriced food because of its history. The sausages are rather basic, the dish has lots of cumin, which some people like, some don't. Sweet mustard is an interesting local twist, but again, not for everyone.
John Gary (2 years ago)
Really tasty, simple bratwursts. We had take out, paid in cash then sat by the river to eat. Couldn't be more basic and simple to enjoy a meal with loved ones.
Ug Ne (2 years ago)
Delicious but severely overpriced because of the place's history, which I wouldn't consider justified because you won't really leave with a full stomach compared to other restaurants with similar price ranges.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Gruyères Castle

The Castle of Gruyères is one of the most famous in Switzerland. It was built between 1270 and 1282, following the typical square plan of the fortifications in Savoy. It was the property of the Counts of Gruyères until the bankruptcy of the Count Michel in 1554. His creditors the cantons of Fribourg and Bern shared his earldom. From 1555 to 1798 the castle became residence to the bailiffs and then to the prefects sent by Fribourg.

In 1849 the castle was sold to the Bovy and Balland families, who used the castle as their summer residency and restored it. The castle was then bought back by the canton of Fribourg in 1938, made into a museum and opened to the public. Since 1993, a foundation ensures the conservation as well as the highlighting of the building and the art collection.

The castle is the home of three capes of the Order of the Golden Fleece. They were part of the war booty captured by the Swiss Confederates (which included troops from Gruyères) at the Battle of Morat against Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy in 1476. As Charles the Bold was celebrating the anniversary of his father's death, one of the capes is a black velvet sacerdotal vestment with Philip the Good's emblem sewn into it.

A collection of landscapes by 19th century artists Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Barthélemy Menn and others are on display in the castle.