This riverside restaurant has been serving customers since 1146. “In 1146, German builders completed work on a bridge crossing the Danube river in Regensburg, [Germany]. With the project finished, the tiny construction office next to the bridge found new life as a food stand serving meat dishes. Today, it still serves customers, making it one of the oldest restaurants in the world.
Customers in the early days were mainly dock workers, sailors, and builders constructing the nearby Regensburg Cathedral, which was built between 1280 and 1520 in the Gothic style.
In 1806, the Schricker family took over and started offering mainly charcoal-grilled sausages and sauerkraut. The family still runs the restaurant and gave it its current name, Wurstküche (“sausage kitchen”), or Wurtskuchl in the local dialect.” [ Atlas Obscura] Wurstküche or Wurstkuchl.
“On the Danube Troll, right next to the Stone Bridge, stands the historic Wurstkuchl for over 500 years. Where, even in the Middle Ages, the Regensburg stonemasons and dock workers allowed their strengthening, much remains the same today: the open charcoal grill, the homemade sausages from pure ham, the sauerkraut from the own fermenting cellar and the famous Wurstkuchl mustard the historical recipe of Elsa Schricker…The origin of the historic Wurstkuchl was a small building leaning against the city wall, which was used as a construction office during the construction of the stone bridge from 1135 to 1146. When the building, celebrated at the time as the eighth wonder of the world, was completed, the construction office moved out and the small building became the “cookshop on the little church”. The patrons of the cookshop were harbor and construction workers, hence the name “Kranchen,” the word for cranes or cranes. There were many dockers because the wealthy trading patrons of the Free Imperial City of Regensburg used the port intensively for centuries as a hub for goods from all over the world. The hungry construction workers, however, came mainly from the construction site of the Regensburg Cathedral.” [Wurstkuchl]
Interested in their products? Sausage? Sauerkraut? Potato Soup? All traditional German. Look here – Wurstkuchl Products. (Our sweet Mustard in USA: Our sweet mustard can be found in the USA through our wholesaler: http://www.mygermancandy.com)
So if you are in Germany and want some traditional food in an old, old restaurant, look here. Enjoy!