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Zum Schwan

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$$ - $$$
German, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly
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Obere Schmiedgasse 15, 91541, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
+49 9861 6711
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Bernville, Pennsylvania, United States
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2016

Hard to express how much we enjoyed this place. Ate outdoors along Obere Schmiedgasse which was a postcard setting. The owners (brothers) waited on us and made us feel like we had known them for years (our very first time in Rothenburg). Unbelievable fun at this place. Returned for a second dinner the following night because we just couldn't go... More 

Thank P G
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

Our group of travelers from South Africa, USA and the Netherlands have been mangling the German language and received efficient rather than friendly service as a result. What a joy to walk into a full restaurant and be greeted with friendliness that only increased as the evening progressed. Good German food, not expensive, but with veggies or salads included. Definitely... More 

Thank Lou P
Fairmont, West Virginia
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139 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2016

We were with a tour group and a few of us stopped in here for a quick lunch of authentic cuisine. The place was not busy on this weekday visit. We were warmly welcomed and invited to seat ourselves wherever we wanted. The beer was great; the sausages, kraut, bread, and other food was even better; the service was good;... More 

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Magnolia, Texas
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156 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2016

Family of three dropped in for lunch. Located on one of the "main tourist drags" the outside draws you in. I did not see the bier garden but the main dining room was sparse with simply decorated tables. I resisted the temptation to turn and walk-out because the friendly reception. They have a good selection of german cuisine and certainly... More 

Thank Ian B
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398 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2016

Zum Schwan is totally what-you-see-is-what-you-get: small family run restaurant serving the most typical and traditional German food. The sausages tasted straight from the local butchers fresh and totally matched the home made sauerkraut. Friendly service and reasonable prices goes with the territory. Nice spot for lunch.

Thank Jarimalla
Shanghai, China
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54 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2016

If you walk through, they have a nice beer garden and the food is good and tasty. It's under the shade of a few trees, too, so it is a nice respite if it is sunny. Price is very reasonable and beer nice and cold and refreshing.

Thank Kathy L
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

Absolutelly excellent restaurant. Very tasty food, good beer and kind personnel. Thank you very much.

Thank Lenka K
Fresno, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 1, 2016

Dropped into Zum Schwan our first night in Rothenburg---it's a few blocks down the main street leading to the the Central Square. Immediately greeted by Elio, one of the two brothers (the other being Roberto) operating the restaurant for over 20 years. Their Italian parents moved to Germany where the two were born & raised. Their folks have since returned... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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407 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed our lunch at Zum Schwan as we got to sit away from the main fanfare area and get some lovely sun in the early months of summer. The bratwurst was tasty and the restaurant had a vast menu options on offer. The staff are very friendly and the food was served in such a timely manner. I have... More 

Thank Family_of_thre3
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356 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 375 helpful votes
Reviewed June 22, 2016

We just arrived in Rothenburg and were looking for lunch. We went in here and had two main courses in fairly large portion. Water is free here. They were kind to give us extra plates to share our food. The sauerkraut is good here.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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German, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Obere Schmiedgasse 15, 91541, Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Bavaria  >  Franconia  >  Middle Franconia  >  Rothenburg
  • Phone Number: +49 9861 6711
It shows up on Google maps...and I went there a couple weeks ago. It is a small localish place just down from the main square.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?