Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Once the wonderful lotions and potions we’d found at the local Munich Apotheke started to take effect, we were feeling a bit more like exploring and decided to take the advice of a German acquaintance, who had highly recommended Regensburg as a possible day trip from Munich. By train (we had German Rail Passes) it takes about an hour and a half to get there from Munich. Trains run regularly between the 2 cities and we happened to catch the morning one going to Prague, so had the added interest of travelling in Czech railway carriages. We found them very comfortable – just as well as it takes over 9 hours to get to Prague!

Back in Regensburg – we arrived around lunchtime and although keen to explore as much of the UNESCO listed Altstadt as possible, our thoughts were turning to lunch. Having crossed the pretty public park opposite the main station and wandered through the myriad of charming cobbled streets, we came to the river Danube. Regensburg is actually situated at the confluence of 3 rivers, the Danube, Naab and the Regen, but the one flowing through the vicinity of the Old Town is the Danube. Nestling in a little corner almost underneath but actually adjacent to the old Stone Bridge (Steinerne Bruecke) is the historic Wurstkuchl.

 

Wurstkuchl Regensburg

Wurstkuchl Regensburg

 

Die Historische Wurstkuchl (Historic Sausage Kitchen) of Regensburg is housed in an ancient building about 900 years old. It was originally used as a building office when the old Stone Bridge was being constructed across the Danube between 1135 to 1146. Afterwards the office was turned into a sausage kitchen feeding stonemasons working on the nearby cathedral and also dockers who worked in the port. Back in the Middle Ages the free city of Regensburg was a hugely important cultural and trading centre because of its strategic position on the Danube. You can find out in more detail about the Wurstkuchl’s history on its website here.

Back to the present and Monsieur Le Chic’s face was lighting up at the prospect of an endless selection of Wurst. I am not a great fan of sausages and was somewhat concerned as to what I would eat. However it was cold outside, we were still recovering from the flu and I didn’t want to wander round endlessly looking for somewhere to eat, so I agreed we’d go inside and take a look. I was won over by the cosy ambiance and charming decor – it was so warm and welcoming that I felt it would compensate for any sausages that I might be obliged to eat, (I’m not vegetarian but I don’t eat much red meat or Wurst!).

 

The restaurant as its name suggests, serves homemade pork sausages along with sauerkraut and mustard (made to their own special recipe). Monsieur chose one of their smaller plates….

Wurst from the Wurstkuchl

Wurst from the Wurstkuchl

Fortunately there was a wonderful homemade potato soup on the menu, which with hot crusty rolls was superb – flavoured with herbs and just creamy enough, it fitted the bill perfectly as far as I was concerned!

Creamy potato soup from the Wurstkuchl Regensburg

Creamy potato soup from the Wurstkuchl Regensburg

There is also an extensive seating area outside by the river, which hardier souls than us were favouring or should I say braving? Certainly one’s perceptions of cold varies depending on where you’re from. I checked the weather app on my phone and the temperature was around 14 degrees with a stiff breeze at lunchtime – not dining out weather in my book!

Being right on the Danube the Wurstkuchl will be popular, I would think, with passing tour boats. From the Tripadvisor reviews I read later quite a few of the tours do stop there for lunch, but it wasn’t unpleasantly crowded on the Saturday lunchtime in April when we were there. The staff were polite, friendly and the service highly efficient! Just note that you do have to pay for any bread rolls you eat – they put a basket on the table when you arrive and we assumed they were complimentary until we got the bill (not enough to break the bank though!).
The German word “gemütlich” sums up the Wurstkuchl perfectly! It doesn’t really have a direct English translation but means a cosy atmosphere, warm, welcoming –  somewhere you feel at home. We stepped out of the Wurstkuchl and found ourselves right in front of the fast flowing waters of the River Danube. Off we went to explore more of Regensburg and in particular its medieval Altstadt. More to come – Tschuss till then!

 

Down by the River Danube Regensburg with the old Stone Bridge in the background

Down by the River Danube Regensburg with the old Stone Bridge in the background

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21 thoughts on “Lunch At The Wurstkuchl Regensburg

  1. How can you not love a restaurant called Wurstkuchl – the name alone to me conjures up comfort, homely, gemutlich cosiness. If that was a small plate Rosemary I would hate to think what their big portions would be like! The sausages look delicious and I am drooling over that soup too. Looking forward to reading more about lovely Regensburg.

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    1. They serve portions of 6,8 and 10 Wurst, Joy and Monsieur’s was only the 6 portion one!! It was still a lot to eat! I know isn’t the name “Wurstkuchl” just lovely – it was so cosy inside just what we needed. The soup was quite filling too as well as delicious. It was well worth making the trip to Regensburg – it really was lovely especially if you love historical buildings and had a warm, friendly atmosphere too. As usual we left wishing we could have stayed longer! Hope you’re having an enjoyable weekend – just been speaking to my dad and he says it’s warmed up this week for you 🙂

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      1. Wow, how could anybody eat the 10 portion one Rosemary – incredible!! Definitely warmer here (at long last), was beginning to think we were permanently stuck in winter, so glad to see the sun!!

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        1. I know I can’t imagine anyone eating a 10 sausage portion but apparently they are very popular!! Great to hear it’s warming up at last – our daughter in London said she was wearing shorts and a sleeveless top the other day – she’s very happy! Enjoy the sunshine 😃

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  2. Monika says:

    The place looks really cozy even though I guess I’d starve there haha though the potato soups looks delicious!
    And I think this custom of putting bread rolls on the table without saying anything is really tricky. My mom always asks if they are for free and if not she puts them aside haha
    You look good on the picture! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Monika! Yes at least they served the soup – it’s not a place for vegetarians(which my elder daughter is) and I would have struggled with the sausages! It’s a cosy place though and the historical aspect was very interesting 🙂 Good idea to ask re the bread rolls – we hadn’t come across that before everywhere else they were complimentary (maybe we were just lucky). Thanks for the compliment I was just getting over the flu and was well rugged up against the cold! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend 🙂

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      1. Monika says:

        Unfortunately for the vegetarians many traditional cuisines serve meals with a lot of meat – in Prague too, though I was lucky enough they also had some vegetarian options. Did you make the same experience when it comes to traditional food?
        Oh, you definitely don’t look sick on the picture! 🙂
        Have a nice day!

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        1. Yes it’s certainly difficult to find vegetarian options in traditional German and central European cuisine. We went to Prague too quite a few years ago and our daughters were both with us on that trip. The elder one is vegetarian and she wasn’t impressed with the limited choices on offer – she practically lived on potatoes for the 4 days we were there! Of course there are lots of restaurants and cafes now that serve vegetarian options in most places but not if you want an authentic choice from the local cuisine. We were getting better by the time we went to Regensburg still feeling washed out though and had a really bad cough, which took a while to clear up but all well now! Hope you’re having a lovely week 🙂

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  3. Oh, I think we would have loved it here – we’re all big fans of sausage. Your husband’s portion was huge! Regensburg looks very pretty, I like being wrapped up and wandering – although I know you guys were getting over your flu!

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    1. You would have loved it there Ting – my husband really enjoyed his small (only 6!!) portion of sausages! Regensburg is lovely and they were very fortunate in that they didn’t suffer as badly as many other German towns and cities with 2nd World War bombing so the Altsatdt is well preserved in its medieval state. I love wandering round too – we weren’t up to as much as we were post flu but I do enjoy being rugged up especially after the summer here. Now it is much cooler and we have lit the fire tonight! 😃

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  4. Paula says:

    It’s always easier to explore with fully tummy. I like the beautiful ambiance of the restaurant and would enjoy a lot this classical sauerkraut menu 🙂

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    1. Yes we found the cooler weather gave us an appetite and this was such a cosy little place 😃

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  5. colibrist says:

    900 years old! So interesting to have lunch in an historic building…and looks so welcoming and cosy! The food looks good too. I would not eat outside at 14 degrees either having a warm room inside. Happy travels! 🙂

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    1. I loved the building Laia that was probably my favourite part it was so cosy and I loved the furniture and old stone walls. You could see the River Danube out of the window too – I was happy to watch the view from the warmth! The food was very good too and the soup just what I needed! Happy travels too 😃

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  6. when winter comes, i love eating pork sausages along with sauerkraut and mustard. I’ve never made my sauerkraut myself, the process seems really tedious. But I love eating it !!!

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    1. Sauerkraut is apparently very good for you Gin! I’ve seen it made on TV cooking programmes and it does seem to take ages and you need a huge pot so better to eat it out at a restaurant I think. Hope you enjoyed your time in Wales! I’ll head over to your blog later today I have to be out the door very soon to go and help out with my granddaughters! We are still having lovely mild weather over 20 degrees ( warm for June) but it’s going to start raining overnight and will be getting much cooler. Hope all’s going well with the moving plans 😃

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      1. Usually, I buy the cabbage already prepared in the supermarket. Then I do the rest myself !

        I enjoyed myself, we had a lovely weather. But we didn’t have time to visit much. We’ll be back in July.

        Oh 20°C sounds lovely ! 🙂

        It’s going well, but I’m a bit tired these days.

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        1. Yes it’s been very nice here Gin – we’ve had some rain today though we need more it’s been a very dry June so far. I’m not surprised you’re tired at the moment – moving is stressful even if it all goes smoothly! A break down in Wales in July will be lovely and something to look forward to (not long to go). Hope you have a good weekend 🙂

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  7. avibrantday says:

    Lovely post, and I agree! The interior of the restaurant would have won me (also not a huge wurst fan — though not completely against it either) over as well. And, I would have opted for that delicious looking potato soup and bread, too. Yum!

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    1. Thanks Jacqueline the interior was so pretty and cosy 🙂 I’m not a Wurst fan either but if you are then they were delicious (according to Monsieur Le Chic) and I was able to have the soup so I was quite happy! 🙂

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