12 Best Restaurants in The Fairy-Tale Road, Germany



Constructed in 1867 as a riding hall for the Royal Prussian military, this upmarket restaurant's home is as striking as the menu, which is Mediterranean-inspired. Cast-iron pillars support the vaulted brick ceiling, and two-story drapes hang in the huge windows.

Dragonerstr. 30, Hannover, 30163, Germany
Known For
  • three-course meals featuring asparagus in season
  • veal and wild game
  • seafood, including mussels
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No lunch



A cheery hotel-restaurant a long uphill hike from the center of Steinau, the "Roast Chicken Farm" is unique to Steinau. Get your fill of rotisserie chicken in the open dining room, or take a room in the attached guesthouse.

Im Ohl 1, Steinau an der Strasse, 36396, Germany
Known For
  • rotisserie chicken
  • chicken livers and gizzards
  • potato soup with blutwurst
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and late Dec.–mid-Feb.

Brauhaus Ernst August


This brewery has so much artificial greenery that you could imagine yourself in a beer garden, but with live music and DJs on the weekends, it's got more of a club atmosphere. Hannoverian pilsner is brewed on the premises, and regional specialties are the menu's focus.

Schmiedstr. 13, Hannover, 30159, Germany
Known For
  • pub fare like schnitzel with fries
  • hearty egg-heavy breakfasts
  • traditional German dishes like Rouladen

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Brauhaus Knallhütte


This brewery and inn, established in 1752, was the home of the village storyteller Dorothea Viehmann, who supplied the Grimms with some of their best stories, including "Little Red Riding Hood," "Hansel and Gretel," and "Rumpelstiltskin". If you're planning on visiting on the weekend, it's best to book ahead or call to arrange a tour of the brewery.

Knallhütte. 1, Baunatal, 34225, Germany
Known For
  • hearty portions
  • good beers
  • assorted schnitzels
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Wed.

Broyhan Haus


The claim of "Hannoverian hospitality over three floors" written on the exterior of this half-timber tavern in the middle of town isn't made frivolously. Convivial waitstaff ferry plates to tables outside on the pedestrian zone in summer, or pull up a seat on the ground floor, where there's a well-stocked bar.

Burg Ottenstein

An isolated castle just a few miles up the road from Bodenwerder in the hamlet of Ottenstein has a small dining room done up with knights' armor and other medieval gear. It's got charming character and an extensive menu of meaty dishes with sides.
Amtstr. 2, Ottenstein, 31868, Germany
Known For
  • great choice of schnitzels
  • steak and potatoes
  • chicken breasts
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Wed.

Cafe Vetter


This café has the most spectacular view in town—and Marburg is famous for its panoramas. Both an outdoor terrace and a glassed-in terrace take full advantage of the site. It's all very "Viennese coffeehouse traditional" here, with piano music on weekends. The house-made cakes and chocolate creams are hard to resist.



An intimate atmosphere in a 350-year-old house with a sunny terrace near the city's baroque quarter complements the gourmet menu, which focuses on using regional, in-season ingredients in its traditional German dishes. An extensive wine list ensures you'll always have the right glass to go with your locally caught trout or grilled pork loin.

Pfandhausstr. 8, Fulda, Germany
Known For
  • Wiener schnitzel
  • homemade pasta with truffles
  • rack of lamb
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.--Tues.



In a town rich with cozy taverns and hearty local food, the appearance of this Mediterranean restaurant, with its terra-cotta-and-blue color scheme, arty chandeliers, and light, airy spaces, stands out as much as its cuisine. Right in the middle of Göttingen's historic Börner Viertel, the restaurant is a favorite with staff from the university and its food and excellent service are worth the extra cost.

Landgasthaus Lockemann


If you like to walk and hike, consider heading to the Stadtwald (city forest) and then eating a meal at this half-timber lodge where locals go for the friendly service and hearty German cooking. A bit off the beaten path, the trip will take 20 minutes, but you'll be rewarded with wild game and steak options.

Im Beeke 1, Göttingen, 37075, Germany
Known For
  • beef goulash
  • seasonal and regional produce
  • rack of lamb
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No lunch weekdays



This cavernous cellar with vaulted ceilings is said to be Germany's oldest and most renowned town-hall restaurant—it's been here for 600 years. Its walls are lined with wine casks, and there are small alcoves with sliding wooden doors, once shut tight by merchants as they closed their deals.

Am Markt 1, Bremen, 28195, Germany
Known For
  • extensive fresh seafood options
  • Seemannslabskaus (corned beef hash with beets)
  • open-face sandwiches



This half-timber wine bar's fine selection of German wines, and light, crispy Flammkuchen (a flambéed tart with bacon, onions, and crème fraîche) is a welcome break from traditional German dining. Just up the street from the Old Town's main marketplace, it's a busy spot, popular with patrons of all ages. with a little terrace for a view down the hill.