Delicious Delights by the River

Culinary Spots by the Water in Southwest Germany

Bodensee, Moos, Restaurant Grüner Baum, Koch Hubert Neidhart mit Fischkreation

Hubert Neidhart, chef at the "Grüner Baum" inn in Moos at Lake Constance, is known for his fish creations. | © REGIO e.V.

STUTTGART – For many people, fries and an outdoor swimming pool simply belong together. The popular combination whets the appetite for summer and brings back childhood memories. If you are looking for a culinary change every now and then, but don't want to miss out on the cool water, you will find the right places to enjoy by the water during your holiday in Baden-Württemberg.


Enjoyment with a Bite of History: Restaurant ‘Krone am Fluss’ in Sindringen

At the certified wine hotel ‘Krone am Fluss’ in Sindringen, you can feast where the Romans once patrolled: The Roman border wall, the Upper German-Raetian Limes, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, ran here. Traces of the town’s eventful history have been preserved to this day. If you get a spot in the shade on the restaurant’s terrace by the listed city wall, you can enjoy a meal in the nature, right next to the Kocher River. Seasonal products from the surrounding area, game from local hunts, and of course, fresh fish are served.


On a Coffee Cruise: The Neckar-Käpt’n Fleet in Stuttgart

Passengers and connoisseurs can really indulge themselves on the MV Wilhelma: With coffee and cake or lentils with spaetzle and a glass of wine, the view from the sun deck of the vineyards, meadows and forests along the riverbank combines a feast for the eyes and the palate to create the ultimate culinary experience. The ship is part of the Neckar-Käpt'n Fleet, which is based in Bad Cannstatt, a district of the city of Stuttgart. In addition to special cruises with readings or wine tastings, the fleet offers scheduled cruises. One special cruise is the “Schillerfahrt” from Stuttgart to Marbach, where Friedrich Schiller was born.


Intoxicating Bistroonomy: Gerberei Waiblingen

The Gerberei (tannery) Restaurant in Waiblingen has one of the most beautiful terraces in the region: It is located directly on a tributary of the Rems River, overlooking the valley meadows. In addition to the regular menu, there is a changing menu from which you can also choose individual dishes. Selected semi-sparkling wines and wines are served, and in addition to cocktails, soul and junk food, they play the main role in the culinary summer event series ‘Rausch am Sonntag’. The best part is that the terrace has direct access to the water, so you can take a refreshing swim from time to time.


Water and Drinks: Gin Tasting and a Punting Ride in Tübingen

A river, a punt, four gins, a few tonics, and a sommelier for noble brandies: these are the basic ingredients for an unforgettable gourmet trip off the beaten track. This special event begins on the garden terrace of the Domizil Hotel in Tübingen. Here, overlooking the Neckar River, guests will taste a variety of regional gins under the expert guidance of noble brandy sommelier Angela V. Weis. Before heading out on the water, guests can prepare their own gin and tonic with botanicals and receive a Poké Bowl to go. Then, the leisurely twilight tour in a punt around the Neckar Island begins.


Sweet Temptation: Lagerhaus an der Lauter

Soap factory, coffee roasting house and pâtisserie: The ‘Lagerhaus an der Lauter’ (warehouse by the Lauter River) offers connoisseurs and those with a sweet tooth something for all the senses. Located directly on the banks of the Lauter River, you can enjoy the beauty of the Swabian Alb in the café garden and on the terrace with freshly roasted coffee, fine cakes, handmade chocolate, as well as hearty dishes. Or opt for a hearty breakfast on the weekend and combine it with one of the regular soap- or chocolate-making workshops or a chocolate menu.


Downtime by the Lake: Schieferhaus (Slate House) Dormettingen

At the ‘Schiefererlebnis Dormettingen’ Nature and Leisure Park, you can search for 180-million-year-old ammonites and other fossils and learn more about the raw material and the region. The ‘Schieferhaus’ Restaurant is located directly by a lake that formed at the edge of the quarry when slate mining ended and has become home to many animals. The lakeside terrace is the perfect place to enjoy local cuisine and cool drinks. Take a seat on one of the canopy beds or the wooden benches.


Snacking in a Cultural Monument: Mönchhofsägemühle (Monk’s Sawmill) Waldachtal

In the middle of the Northern Black Forest, there is a living cultural monument where you can even stop for a bite to eat: In the ‘Mönchhofsägemühle’, tree trunks are still sawn into boards as they were 500 years ago. The Waldach River powers the 6-metre-high water wheel and the old saw frame. Twice a week, the sawing room is transformed into a rustic snack bar. Instead of wood and sawdust, there is real home-style cooking: from the snack platter to farmer's bratwurst or Maultaschen. If you want to dine heartily and experience a piece of craftsmanship history, this is the place to be.


The Source of Beer: Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus

Culinary delights can be enjoyed all year round at Germany's highest brewery: Situated at an altitude of 1,000 metres between fir and pine trees, the Baden State Brewery Rothaus (Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus) offers its guests pure refreshment. Seven of the brewery’s own springs provide pure, clear brewing water. Along the Zäpfle Weg Path, there are nine stations to learn everything about the brewery. The path leads past the popular Zäpflebrunnen Fountain to the spring area and ends at the Quellgeist Sculpture, the wooden patron saint of the springs. Afterwards, enjoy sparkling drinks and hearty food in the beer garden.


Feasting in a Pedal Boat: Picnic on Lake Schluchsee

When summer arrives, picnic season begins in the Black Forest Highlands. There are plenty of places to feast and enjoy the nature. A picnic at Lake Schluchsee is a special experience. You cruise towards the evening sun in a pedal boat while enjoying regional delicacies from a picnic basket. With Black Forest sausage and cheese specialties with home-baked farmhouse bread and Rothaus beer, there’s something for every palate and every sweet tooth. As the waves move gently, you can easily leave everyday life behind you.


Enjoy Feudal Style: Inzlingen Moated Castle

Inzlingen Moated Castle tells an eventful history: inhabited by a noble family for centuries, it first became a silk ribbon weaving mill in the 19th century, then an agricultural business with a guesthouse and a refuge for artists during the Second World War. The Beha family has been running the Wasserschloss Restaurant since 1978. Simone and Stephanie Beha got their gastronomy and hotel business training in the best establishments and now spoil their guests at the highest level. A highlight is the garden restaurant in the castle's vast park.


Freshly Caught and Served: Lake Constance Fish Weeks

Fish is the star of the ‘Lake Constance Fish Weeks’. Every year, the chefs from around Lake Constance create a menu that expresses their love for the local fish world. A suitable fish-themed hike with tour guide Sylvia Hartmann leads around 9 kilometres (almost six miles) across the Höri Peninsula. The tour includes a visit to a Lake Constance fisherman and a stop at the Grüner Baum Inn for a fish menu. Chef Hubert Neidhart is famous in the region for his fish creations, especially the Lake Constance Bouillabaisse, which can also be enjoyed before and after the Fish Weeks.


Harbour for Gourmets: Schuppen 13 (Shed 13) Restaurant in the Langenargen Marina

Exclusive, maritime, Mediterranean: The Schuppen 13 Restaurant in the Langenargen Marina is an institution. Even the Michelin Guide elevates the stylish, maritime-style restaurant to a permanent fixture in the gastronomic scene with reference to its magnificent terrace. In 2023, Gault Millau awarded the restaurant on the shores of Lake Constance one of its red toques for the first time and thus the rating ‘highly recommended’. With so much praise, there's not much left to say except: ‘Buon Appetito!’