Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg: a food lover’s paradise
Whenever we’re on holiday or I’m out discovering places for my website and community, I try and avoid succumbing to a fast food break. Food is such an important part of my life that it feels like I’m cheating myself if I don’t take my time over a delicious meal in a nice atmosphere. Of course, I don’t always have the time or the money for a sit down meal and I’m certainly partial to the odd kebab, German Currywurst rot/ weiß (meaning red/white – with ketchup and mayo) or even a pizza. But if we have time on our hands, a sit-down, good-quality meal is a must.
In Germany, you’ll find a great variety of national and international restaurants to suit any budget. Usually, you can’t go wrong if you try out a local Gasthof (an inn) as the quality is generally pretty good and reasonably priced. I’d definitely recommend trying some of the regional dishes as there some very good specialities. As much as we like eating in a local Gasthof, we also appreciate fine dining and creative food presentation.
Our last holiday took us around Lake Constance to Lindau as well as to the Black Forest. Our time was spent enjoying the amazing food while taking in the stunning scenery in this beautiful part of Germany. Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg really is a paradise for foodies – as well as wine lovers. Germans also love alfresco dining – so you’ll often find the restaurants and cafés with beautiful terraces or beer gardens.
Here are some great places to try. We were impressed with the quality as well as the atmosphere. All the places were child-friendly – providing a children’s menu, some with entertainment goodies and all have high chairs available.
I’ve also recommended three places that we didn’t try this time but came with good reviews from Trip Advisor or the locals.
This hotel and restaurant is located just by the popular Lindau promenade and has impressive views of the lake. The interior design and restaurant really appealed to me and I was very fortunate to be able to spend three nights on the hotel’s luxury lounge boat on Lindau Harbour opposite the hotel.
We were also very lucky with the weather and enjoyed warm sunshine for the whole week – perfect for sitting outside on the hotel’s wonderful terrace. The food at the hotel’s Swiss restaurant was fabulous. Our fish platter and Schnitzel were excellent and the service was great
This lovely place is also a hotel and we were fortunate enough to stay here for four nights. We enjoyed a meal at this cosy ‘Gasthof’ several times during our stay. My favourite meal was the Bodenseefelchen, a local fish served with sautéed almonds, boiled potatoes and melted butter. On another occasion we had the typical Bavarian meatloaf (Leberkäse) accompanied by a potato salad and a delicious blueberry pancake for dessert. There’s also a good selection of meals for children and the staff are always friendly and very welcoming.
We were very pleased to know that the meat loaf was sourced from a local butcher in Lindau (Kleiber) and so, before we went home, we did a little shopping at this place and stocked up on some Bavarian delicatessen. It was definitely a good decision!
This typical Bavarian Gastof has a lovely beer garden in the courtyard. My husband tried the braised ox cheeks, which came with a delicious pinot noir sauce and celariac mash. I had my favourite meal – Bodenseefelchen (a local fish) served with boiled potatoes and melted butter. The food quality was excellent and the service was very friendly.
Akropolis Restaurant, In der Grub 11-13, 88131 Lindau:
We were really impressed with this charming little Greek restaurant. It had tables outside for alfresco dining – perfect for enjoying their delicious mezze! I had the cold mezze platter to start, which was fresh and really good quality. For main course, I had the fried aubergines and peppers stuffed with feta cheese. My husband and son shared the fried calamari followed by kebabs (Gyros). It was really pleasant sitting outside on the cobbled street surrounded by the diners from all the other restaurants. It created a lovely social ambience.
We were really disappointed that we couldn’t get a table at this lovely Italian restaurant. After several days of eating regional food, we fancied a change and it seems that you need to book in advance for this place – especially after seeing all the great reviews on Trip Advisor! The menu consists of Sardinian and Mediterranean dishes and an excellent wine list. This restaurant is definitely on our list for our next visit – and we’ll remember to book in advance next time!
This place looked particularly appealing to us as we wandered through Lindau’s old town. The mix between gallery, wine bar and restaurant is a concept I really like – particularly if the interior has a romantic feel to it with dimmed lights and candles. The reviews on Trip Advisor show that people were mostly satisfied with the quality and service – so I’ll definitely be keeping it on my list of places to go on my next visit Lindau.
Villino is a Relais & Chateaux hotel and restaurant, which was recommended to us by a local who works in the kitchen. I found the elegance of the hotel and the restaurant setting really attractive and after checking the reviews on Trip Advisor, it appears to be a top quality place too. As a couple, we really enjoy treating ourselves to some fine dining every now and then but I do feel more relaxed when it’s just the two of us. So, we decided to postpone experiencing this wonderful restaurant until a time when our son is old enough to appreciate fine dining – or to a time when it’s just the two of us! It’s certainly one more reason to go back to Lindau!