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Restaurants Have A Regional Flair
Germany shines as one of
Europe’s brightest culinary stars. Nine 3-Michelin-starred restaurants
make it the second most decorated country in Europe. Germany’s top chefs
impress gourmants with sophisticated and innovative dining experiences and
their menus reflect the culinary influences and ingredients of the regions
from Wolfsburg in the north to the village Baiersbronn in the southwestern
Chef Sven Elverfeld and his Aqua restaurant were the latest addition to
Germany’s 3-star landscape. The restaurant is located in the Ritz Carlton
Hotel in Wolfsburg directly in the Volkswagen Autostadt. Elverfeld creates
modern European cuisine with a local twist including especially sea-food
items, such as flounder, as one of the staples of Northern German cooking.
Restaurant Amador in Langen, just south of Frankfurt, offers an unexpected
culinary adventure. Chef Juan Amador focuses on reinventing classical
Basque and Catalan cuisine in the heart of Germany by using local
products. He therefore creates a surprising blend of the two worlds and
also does not shy away from taking his twist on regional classics from
Frankfurt, such as the famous "Gruene Sosse," an herb-cream sauce most
often served on potatoes.
Classic elegance and style make the town of Bergisch-Gladbach near Cologne
and Duesseldorf a center of exceptional cooking. The two castle-hotels,
Bensberg and Lerbach, both feature not only exceptional comfort, but also
3-star cuisine. Restaurant Vendome in castle hotel Bensberg is run by chef
Joachim Wissler who focus on New German Cuisine, showcasing the
ingredients and the light side of German cooking.
www.schlossbensberg.com In castle
hotel Lerbach chef Nils Henkel took over the gourmet restaurant from his
mentor Dieter Mueller and kept the 3-Michelin-Star restaurant at its best.
Henkel uses only local ingredients, such as farm raised meats or herbs
from the castle garden, putting an emphasis on seasonal menus.
In the wine region along the River Mosel in West Germany, the Waldhotel
Sonnora is the perfect luxury getaway. Only half an hour away from
Germany’s oldest city Trier, the family-run hotel is embedded in
fairy-tale like woods. Chef Helmut Thieltges presents classical French
cuisine at its best and the extensive wine cellar features among others
the best local wines of the region.
In one of Germany’s smallest states, right on the border to France, the
Gaestehaus Erfort in Saarbruecken has achieved international acclaim and
three Michelin Stars. Chef Klaus Erfort focuses on the authenticity of the
high-class ingredients, showcasing their unique manner.
www.relaischateaux.com Only 30
minutes north of Saarbruecken another culinary gem is Victor’s Gourmet
Restaurant in the castle hotel Berg is run by Christina Bau who offers
international cuisine. The menu is changed constantly and the guest is
surprised daily by new variations.
The village Baiersbronn in the Black Forest is a true heaven for
epicureans featuring two 3-Star Michelin Restaurants: the Schwarzwaldstube
and the Restaurant Barreiss. The Schwarzwaldstube in the hotel Traube
Tonbach by chef Harald Wolfarth features a great and sophisticated
www.traube-tonbach.de Only a few
minutes away chef Claus-Peter Lump showcases his style in the Restaurant
Barreiss also focusing on great, if possible regional ingredients with a