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Gasthaus Zum Weissen Schwan

German, Central European
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Frauentorstr. 23, 99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany
+49 3643 908751
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sitting outside in a cosy corner of a lovely little town square in a restaurant Goethe frequented and recommended was awesome enough but the food was even better. We had Wiener schnitzel, Thüringer sausage and a vegetarian celery schnitzel. All three of us agreed that it was the best food we ever had. Ever! If we should return to Weimar... More 

Thank Jenny D
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61 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a really nice dinner here. Good local beer, fantastic restaurant speciality dish with beef and mushrooms, nice schnitzel and an excellent dish said to be Goetes favorite. 3 beers, 3 mains and 2 Coke ended up to 80 Euro. It was really tasty and high class.

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

Dear ylvse, thank you for your visit! I love the Schnitzel - I can assure you that it is the best one outside of Austria....Hope to see you again! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is managed by the Hotel Elephant. If the weather is nice, try to get a table outside, it is just beautiful. The menu was diverse and focused on what was in season, at the time white asparagus and chanterelles. Service was attentive and it did not break the bank - highly recommendable.

Thank Pomerol17
Kay_Heller, Geschäftsführer at Gasthaus Zum Weissen Schwan, responded to this review

Dear Pomerol17, thank you for your positive Review on TripAdvisor! Nice to hear that you have enjoyed your time in one of Germany’s oldest taverns and favorite place of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe! Kind regards! More 

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the restaurant during the week for dinner and needed to wait for a table. However, we got a nice table outside in front of the restaurant. We ordered mushrooms with fried dumplings, which were nice and tasteful. The creamy sauce was far too much, so the dish as soaked by the sauce. The service was friendly and helpful.... More 

Thank niceplaces10
Kay_Heller, Geschäftsführer at Gasthaus Zum Weissen Schwan, responded to this review

Dear niceplaces10, thank you for your @ Gasthaus Zum Weissen Schwan, one of Germanys oldest taverns and for your review on TripAdvisor! Good to hear that you liked ourt home made dumplings, a real classic Thuringian dish! Kind regards. More 

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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

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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125 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 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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310 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
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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163 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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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332 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
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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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
$14 - $33
German, Central European
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 "Zum Weißen Schwan" is closely intertwined with the history of Weimar itself, the one of Hotel Elephant and the one of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. 'The Swan', how locals lovingly nicknamed it, is only a few minutes' walk from Hotel Elephant. 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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