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Gasthaus Zum Weissen Schwan

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Frauentorstr. 23, 99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany
+49 3643 908751
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant serves regional specialties and is great for anyone wanting to experience German food in an authentic environment. However, The restaurant changed management several years ago and unfortunately, the food isn't as good as it used to be.

Thank LA K
Kay_Heller, Geschäftsführer at Gasthaus Zum Weissen Schwan, responded to this review

Dear LA K, thank you for your comment on TripAdvisor. I am sorry to learn, that your experience did not met your expectations from your first visit. Culinary greetings from Weimar! More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When you walk towards this place you can see in the back the house if Goethe, the scenery is certainly pretty and you want to go back in time, when you step inside. Unfortunately the interior is a bit too modern, and to 1990's. It was hard imaging Goethe having a drink inside. However the food is okay, the staff... More 

Thank B W
Kay_Heller, Geschäftsführer at Gasthaus Zum Weissen Schwan, responded to this review

Dear B W, thank you for your review! The historic Inn Gasthaus Zum Weissen Schwan is one of the oldest taverns in Germany and was the favorite place for Goethe to spend his culinary time. Hope to see you again - culinary greetings from Weimar! More 

Manhattan, KS
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

We have ordered the Thuringian sausage with sauerkraut and sliced dumplings with eggs. The dumplings were so salty we had to stop eating half way. Pockets of salt crystals, literally. The sauerkraut was swimming in heavy cream. We were very disappointed.

Thank Witoldzio
Kay_Heller, Geschäftsführer at Gasthaus Zum Weissen Schwan, responded to this review

Dear guest, I am very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your meal with us. This is certainly not the standard we are used to serve! I hope you have complained/commented the issue to the waiter the very same moment to give us a chance to serve you a new dish? We hope to see you again next... More 

Bergen, Norway
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We were served a menu that was supposed to be an updated version of what Goethe could have eaten there. Some original dishes and some above average. The red wine we were recommended and served was not good, find your own. Very good atmosphere, a bit slow service but friendly.

Thank half62
Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The restaurant is located in ther very citycenter and offers a nice atmosphere. The service was excellent and the food good solid german quality. Chairs colud be mnore comfortable.

Thank Mogens C
Radeberg, Germany
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137 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Ofcourse one is aware of Goethe, Schiller, Herder, Anna-Amalia, Frau von Stein, The wonderful Park at the river Ilm, the Bauhaus Weimar, Residenz castle and many more historical aspects like the Russian-Weimar link at times of the Zars, but dont you miss-out the lunch at the Gasthaus Zum Weissen Schwan. My strong recommendation is their Rostbrätel! This is offered at... More 

Thank Sonny-A-H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Located in a very old but worthy hotel in the middle of the Old Town, this is a restaurant with very kind and efficient service, with an extensive menu. Our vegetarian courses were very tasty, with portions very (too) large. The matre d´ was very helpful. Well worth trying.

Thank CintiKidCincinnati
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We sat on the terrace on a beautiful balmy evening and enjoyed a lovely traditional meal. Waiter was very helpful and gave us great advice. The food was absolutely delicious & well priced. The local German wine was fantastic. We really enjoyed taking in the history of this historic hotel which has played host to such famous people as George... More 

Thank Middydee
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

The Rinderroulade was perfectly cooked; you can eat it with just a fork and it was a wonderful blending of beef, onion, and bacon just as it is supposed to be, served with great red cabbage and perfect dumplings. The Wiener Schnitzel was thin, tender, and just lightly fried, and also barely needed a knife. Paired with some Saale-Unstrut wine,... More 

Thank Dan G
Frankfurt, Germany
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116 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Traditional Thuringian food and good enough but uninspiring. Nice room, reasonable if reserved service, but that seems a character of Weimar.

Thank James H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$13 - $32
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Frauentorstr. 23, 99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Thuringia  >  Weimar
  • Phone Number: +49 3643 908751
The tavern Gasthaus 'Zum weissen Schwan' is closely intertwined with the history of Weimar itself, the one of Hotel Elephant and, last but not least, the one of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. 'The Swan', how locals lovingly nicknamed it, is only a few minutes' walk from Hotel Elephant, Weimar. As Goethe once mentioned in a letter of 1827: "The swan welcomes everyone warmly and with open wings". Nothing has changed since then, and 'The Swan' still is the perfect place to savour the best of original Thuringian specialties.

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