Spring sunshine awakens bamberger gastro scene to bustling activity. Some local communities are staying the course, but new meeting places are being created. As in one of bamberg’s most prominent locations. Standing beer on the upper brucke: the brewery kaiserdom now invites you to it. The rathausschanke is serving again.
"At weekends, window bar goes down well, guests enjoy beer on the bridge", explains marketing spokeswoman sabine heinel. "The concept consists of a bratwurst house with seven different bratwurst versions", she promotes the offer from the wild boar sausage to the currysobe – and also a vegetarian variant is there. In addition, also non-alcoholic, cake and coffee. The brewery, which is over 300 years old, has rebuilt the interior of the traditional house in a mixture of modern and traditional. The building, for a long time in the property of the imperial cathedral, was in the past leased out in different ways. "Now we run it under our own name", heinel reports.
Beer garden at the altenburg
Another new meeting place nestles directly next to another bamberger landmark: "bamberg’s highest beer garden" is being built on top of altenburg castle. Landlord oliver lippel makes a virtue out of necessity: because the access road to the castle is being renovated from may to august and is closed from the lower parking lot, guests have to make the last leg to fub. Unfavorable for restaurant business and wedding celebrations. "Therefore we start on 1. May the beer garden operation with a fruhschoppen and brass music", explains lippel. Who has made the five-minute climb, can again strong at the top. With beer from weyermann and mahr’s brew "wine with a view", with bread and onion sausage from the house butcher muller. Leberkas or shashlik, roast on sundays: individual hot dishes are also offered on a rotating basis.
A piece of tuscany in the grove
From the mountain down to the grove, from liver cheese to mediterranean specialties, a vacation feeling in the urban street: since april 1. April the italian restaurant toscanino is open. Pia and uwe kohl have fulfilled a dream – a piece of tuscany in bamberg: "we have been given the unique opportunity to take over one of the most beautiful and well-known locations in bamberg", reports the owner. In scheblitz the couple with the move has admittedly torn a gastronomic hole. Since 2012, the two have been running the trattoria in the old coachman’s yard there.
Regulars will also miss two places on erba island: the relatively new fish restaurant 49 degrees north, which used to tempt customers with its barlauch capers, fresh oysters or smorrebrod variations, has closed down. Apparently due to water damage – of all things. Also the folding boat has closed. In the social media, the task has provoked many sad comments. The landlord does not give a reason, but is looking for a successor for the restaurant.
Bruckertshof fills up
Spring cleaning continues: on the northern outskirts of the city, the bruckertshof has recently reopened. "Also our beer garden is filling up more and more", reports karin weinert, who together with her husband jorn – known from "hoffmanns steak&" – is the owner of the castle fish" – the local runs.
Ice cream here, sandwiches there
A new ice cream parlor has opened in the main guard street in the city center: buonissimo. The chain with locations in bayreuth and kulmbach, bad gogging and eichstatt is expanded to include bamberg. Manager roberto vaccaro advertises ice cream as well as crepes and coffee specialties.
Tea specialties were previously served in the tea house on pfahlplatzchen – a deli opens there in may – an all-day breakfast cafe called morgenmahl. Thick sandwiches with homemade bread should be available.
Hope for the weissbierhaus
In the upper konigsstrabe, spring is reviving even those that were thought to be dead: the weissbierhaus is soon to reopen. A new leaseholder has been found, and the contract is to be made watertight in the next few days, the owner reports. "Frankish food, as the people were used to it" there should be – much should remain as the regulars know it. Also the rooms upstairs are renovated. The landlady is in the starting blocks. Well then: cheers!