Within the walls of this monumental building in Heidelberg, statesman Otto von Bismarck once raised his sword as a student and Mark Twain found inspiration for his book ‘A Tramp Abroad’ and mentioned especially the Hirschgasse. Tangible memories from the royal history of this remarkable lodging house are still visible, especially in both restaurants of the hotel.
The Mensurstube, in particular, still carries reminders of the duels fought one storey up, the student fraternities of yesteryear are remembered with faded photographs and swords on the wall. Chef Mario Sauer prepares specialities in the elegant restaurant, Le Gourmet, at Michelin star level. He uses delectable regional products from farmers of the Hohenlohe region.
Ernest and Allison Kraft were inspired by England, Allison’s homeland, for the suites’ furnishings. Using the fine fabrics of Laura Ashley, Sanderson and Morris and the imported Chesterfields, the rooms emanate an English flair combined with German romance.
In both restaurants as well as in the hotel you will find a great love for history and for quality. Restaurant Le Gourmet has 1 Michelin Star. Chef Mario Sauer’s classic French cuisine is famous. He sources high quality produce locally from the Hohenlohe region, whenever possible.
The second restaurant, Mensurstube, offers classic German cuisine. The walls are adorned with sepia pictures of fraternity members of the Heidelbergse Burschenschaft Allemannia, who used to duel here until 1979.
The pleasant bar seats up to 6 persons and offers lively views of the kitchen at work.
The restaurants are opened Tuesdays through Saturdays between 18.00h - 24.00h (kitchen closes at 22.00h).
The two-tiered terrace is bordered by sweet smelling roses and is ideal to relax and unwind. Weather permitting it is possible to dine in the beautifully laid out garden. Dining for four is also possible in the small romantic ‘Schloßblickloge’ with breath taking views of Heidelberg Castle.
Nestled in a small valley at the foot of the Heiligenberg, the hotel is adjacent to the famous ‘Road of Philosophers’. Walking down this famous roadway you will encounter lemon trees, cypresses and palm trees, which thrive in the mild micro climate on this side of the mountain.
From the Hirschgasse it is only 10 minutes by foot via the old bridge into the historic town of Heidelberg. This scenic route offers lovely views of the surrounding countryside, including Heidelberg Castle. The hotel’s own vineyard, Sunny Side upon the Bridge, yields the grapes for an excellent glass of Pinot Noir or Riesling.