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Gasthaus Zum weissen Schwan

$$ - $$$German, European,
Frauentorstr. 23, 99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany
+49 3643 908751
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good40%
  • Average25%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
27 Dec 2017
“Safe choice on the pricey side”
5 Jun 2017
“A Typically German Restaurant”
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German, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Frauentorstr. 23, 99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

My family gets here for lunch or dinner every once in a while. It is a bit of a treat and actually on the pricey side. On our last Christmas visit the four of us had goose with typical Thüringen dumplings (Kloesse) and red cabbage;...More

Thank simon78_says
Kerstin S, Public Relations Manager at Gasthaus Zum weissen Schwan, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Dear simon78_says, Thank you very much for your feedback and your recommendation that we appreciate a lot! In regard to "Never change a running system" it would be great to see you and your family again soon.

Reviewed 6 June 2017

We ate well here. It was not haute cuisine but it was authentic German fare and good quality. The service was very pleasant, too.

Thank Eva Julia T
Kerstin S, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Gasthaus Zum weissen Schwan, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Dear Eva Julia T, Thank you very much, it was our pleasure to host you! We are pleased that you've decided to visit Gasthaus Zum weißen Schwan that is very well kknown for its typical Thuriangian cuisine. Hope to see you again!

Reviewed 22 August 2016

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...More

Thank Jenny D
Kay_Heller, Geschäftsführer at Gasthaus Zum weissen Schwan, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2016

Dear Jenny D, thank you so much for your positive review on TripAdvisor! We would love to welcome you again in one of Germanys oldest and traditional inns. Hope to see you again! Kind regards from Weimar

Reviewed 6 August 2016 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...More

Thank ylvse
Kay_Heller, Geschäftsführer at Gasthaus Zum weissen Schwan, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2016

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!

Reviewed 3 August 2016

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...More

Thank Pomerol17
Kay_Heller, Geschäftsführer at Gasthaus Zum weissen Schwan, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2016

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!

Reviewed 3 August 2016

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...More

Thank sebfel09
Kay_Heller, Geschäftsführer at Gasthaus Zum weissen Schwan, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2016

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.

Reviewed 30 June 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 reviewResponded 27 July 2016

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!

Reviewed 29 June 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...More

Thank B W
Kay_Heller, Geschäftsführer at Gasthaus Zum weissen Schwan, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2016

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!

Reviewed 26 May 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.More

Thank Witoldzio
Kay_Heller, Geschäftsführer at Gasthaus Zum weissen Schwan, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2016

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...More

Reviewed 12 May 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...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$33
German, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Frauentorstr. 23, 99423 Weimar, Thuringia, Germany
  • Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Thuringia  >  Weimar
  • Phone Number: +49 3643 908751
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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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