Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia Restaurants

Enterprising young managers and chefs are well established in the East, so look for new, usually small, trendy restaurants. People in the region are extremely particular about their traditional food (rumor has it that one can be deported for roasting Mützbraten over anything other than birch). Some new creative chefs successfully blend contemporary regional German with international influences. Medieval-theme restaurants and "experience dining," complete with entertainment, are all the rage in the East, and, despite being often quite kitschy, warrant at least one try. As the region slowly rediscovers its tremendous beer heritage, microbreweries and brewpubs have sprouted up in almost every city. Pubs are a good bet for meeting locals.

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  • 1. Auerbachs Keller

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    The most famous of Leipzig's restaurants is actually two restaurants: one that's upscale, international, and gourmet (down the stairs to the right) and a rowdy...Read More

  • 2. Herr Käthe

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    A fireplace, charming rooms, an indoor balcony, and a lovely garden along with modern German "gastronomic" cuisine served by friendly waiters add up to a...Read More

  • 3. Alt-Naumburg

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    Enjoy simple but tasty regional specialties directly in front of the Marientor. The beer garden is a good place to relax away from the action...Read More

  • 4. Alte Meister Café & Restaurant

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    In the historic mansion of the architect who rebuilt the Zwinger—and named after the school of medieval painters that includes Dürer, Holbein, and Rembrandt—the Alte...Read More

  • 5. Alter Elbehof

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    This three-in-one inn, brewery, and restaurant has been serving traditional German food for 100 years and is still going strong. Its rustic atmosphere and servers...Read More

  • 6. Bartel's

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    Bartel's riffs on traditional German fare with a contemporary twist, meaning plenty of lighter choices like chef's salad with plenty of crisp fresh veggies, asparagus...Read More

  • 7. Barthels Hof

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    The English-language menu at this restaurant explains not only the cuisine but the history of Leipzig. Waitresses wearing traditional Trachten dresses may serve some of...Read More

  • 8. Bon Apart

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    If the name didn't clue you in, the checkerboard floor, effigy of Napoleon, and menu of French bistro classics will—this is French bistro dining à...Read More

  • 9. Brauhaus Wittenberg

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    This historic brewery-cum-restaurant is the perfect stop for a cold beer after a long day of sightseeing. In the Old Town's magnificent Beyerhof courtyard, the...Read More

  • 10. Brunnenkeller

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    This comfortable restaurant serves hearty Thuringian specialties made from local ingredients under medieval vaulted ceilings; the outdoor tables are the perfect place to recharge after...Read More

  • 11. Burgwirtschaft

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    Where better than a castle serenely overlooking the village of Freyburg for a medieval restaurant? Everything is prepared according to historical recipes with ingredients from...Read More

  • 12. Clara

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    This restaurant in the historic, elegant Kaisersaal edifice is the jewel in Erfurt's small gourmet crown. Thuringia native chef Christopher Weigel has worked in top...Read More

  • 13. Die Destille

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    This small family-run establishment overlooks the Nikolaiturm, one of the towers of the city's wall. The restaurant offers good solid Silesian fare....Read More

  • 14. Domkeller

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    Part of the centuries-old complex of buildings ringing the town castle, this ancient and popular hostelry is a great place to enjoy the view from...Read More

  • 15. Erbenhof

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    This somewhat spartan restaurant in the middle of Weimar serves traditional Thuringian cuisine with a healthier emphasis on greens and other regionally produced goods. With...Read More

  • 16. Felsenkeller

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    When Ludwig Deinhard purchased the Weimar Stadtbrauerei in 1875, Felsenkeller was already 100 years old. Beer has been brewed here in small batches ever since....Read More

  • 17. Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayrischer Bahnhof

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    Hidden on the far southeast edge of the city center, the Bayrischer Bahnhof was the terminus of the first rail link between Saxony and Bavaria....Read More

  • 18. Gasthaus Feuerkugel

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    Serious and uncomplicated Thuringian regional cuisine, including the best dumplings in Erfurt, is served in this simple restaurant. All of the dishes (and the secret...Read More

  • 19. Kaffeehaus Riquet

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    The restored art nouveau house dates from 1908 has a pleasant Viennese-style coffeehouse upstairs—the best views are had from up here—and a noisier and more...Read More

  • 20. Landhaus Hadrys

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    Magdeburg's bastion of haute cuisine, this gastronomic restaurant is the city's top choice for elegant dining. The young chef, a part of the esteemed Jeunes...Read More

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