As you will notice from the reviews, the one name ‘Ratskeller’ seems to refers to 2 different restaurants (which I guess share the same name). There is a fancy restaurant in the basement, and a pub-like one sort of glued onto the side of the Rathaus. This review is for the small pub-like one. It’s not a big restaurant in terms of floor space, but it is spread out over 3 or 4 floors. So it’s kind of crowded, tables squeezed in a bit, but this just makes easier to meet and talk with your fellow patrons. It does have good hearty German food served in what appears to be a medieval atmosphere. And, almost alone in the entire region – it’s open on Monday. (We had spent 2 or 3 hours, from Cologne to Aachen, looking a for a restaurant that was open!) We had lunch, sauerbraten and a mixed grill sausage. Both were excellent. While we are not experts in German food, we found the sauerbraten here to be perhaps the best we’ve ever had. We found the service to be friendly, helpful, and very efficient. I always try to stumble along with my high school German, but our waitress spoke English, so Mrs was pleased with that. I wouldn’t call it cheap – we paid 47 Euro (including 3 or 4 glasses of wine), but it’s probably a bit less expensive than most German restaurants. And the toilets were a treat – I think I’ve been in larger toilets in an airplane. But to me, this just added to the medieval ambience.
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