CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH FORTE
The German word for today is “Gemütlichkeit.” There is no direct translation into English, but if I could take you all to Zum Gulden Stern in Nuremberg, you would be able to see, hear, smell and taste “Gemütlichkeit.”
Picture you and your friends eating in a small half-timbered house with a wood burning fire in the middle. You sit down and have the table for as long as you’d like. At the next table is a group of older German women chattering on about just about everything. One man is at the table, leaning back not joining the conversation, but enjoying the food nonetheless. At another table sits a young couple is clearly in love, enjoying the fire and each other. At still another table two workmen come in eat and drink well before going back to work for the afternoon.
Gemütlichkeit is cozy and friendly. It’s a pleasant meal shared with friends. You might find it at Zum Gulden Stern, self-proclaimed oldest bratwurst restaurant in the world. But when the restaurant can date its history back to 1419, I think it’s fair to claim the title!
The menu is pretty simple: brats with a choice of potato salad or sour kraut. Besides your choice of sides you can chose how many brats: 6, 8, 10, or 12. By the way, don’t picture fat hotdog length sausages, but smaller sausages about the size of a breakfast sausage.
There are a few other choices like potato soup or salad. There may be a breadbasket on the table, but the pretzels, bread or rolls are not free. When the waitress comes to settle your bill, she’ll ask what you have taken. Of course there is an extensive beer and wine menu as well!
My husband and I each ordered a small beer (2.30€ – 3.50€) and split a plate of eight sausages with the sour kraut option (8.90 €). The sausages are grilled over the open fire after you order and the sour kraut was a million steps above the canned type. We could have ate a lot more, but will have to come back another time for that.
The restaurant sits near the old city walls and is within walking distance of many of the other historic sites in Nuremberg. We parked at a nearby parking garage and enjoyed the area after we were done eating.
The tag-line for the restaurant is “Wer heir nicht war, war nicht in Nurnberg” which roughly translates to “If you didn’t eat here, you weren’t really in Nuremberg!” So that makes it a must-try place the next time you are in Nuremberg! Enjoy the Gemütlichkeit!
Open daily from 1100-2200
Kitchen closes at 2130
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