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Any attempt to give a comprehensive, coverage of all restaurant/ Gasthauses in this area, because the Black Forest Hills abound with good eating establishments, would be impossible. To assist you in reading the menu a listing of the most popular dishes is included.

The most important facet of dining out in Germany, to remember, is that eating is a leisurely evenings entertainment; If you are in a hurry it is best to go to a snack bar. The following are a few typical German menu items


Bockwurst mit gemischtem Salat

Bock sausages with mixed salad
Schinkennudeln mit Gemuse oder
gemischtem Salat

Noodles and ham with vegetables
or mixed salad
Schweinebraten mit Gemuese und

Roast pork with mixed vegetables
and potatoes
Schinken in Burgundes mit Nudeln
und Salat
Ham cooked in Burgundy wine with noodles and green salad
2 Spiegeleier in Schinken und Bratkartoffeln, Salat

2 fried eggs and ham with fried potatoes,
Schweinekotelette mit Karotten und Erben und Pommes frites

Fried pork chops with carrots, peas
and french fries
1/2 Jung Hahn mit Pommes und salat

1/2 young chicken,french fries and salad
Rumpsteak mit Gemuse und pommes frites

Rump steak with vegetables and french fries
Weiner Schnitzel, Gemuse

Veal chop in bread crumbs with vegetables
Paprika schnitzel

Paprika chop (veal) with paprika sauce

2 veal chops with cheese and ham filling
Forellem blau oder gebacken mit
Salzkartoffeln und Salat

Trout boiled or fried with potatoes
and salad

Cold meat plate with all kinds of salad very
attractive and often the specialty of the house
Filet steak mit Pommes und Salat

Filet steak with french fries and salad

Jager Schnitzel


Venison (Reh=deer)
Tag Suppe

Soup of the Day
Ochsen Schwanz Suppe

Ox-tail soup
Schnecken in butter gerostet

Snails with garlic butter



To assist you in choosing a place to eat we have arranged a list of some of the favorite gasthauses of wing personnel. They are listed in approximate price range, and the prices listed are an approximate far a couple ordering a bottle of wine, (6 DM - $1.50)soup and a meal; however these Prices would be reduced if the house wine or beer is ordered. Gasthaus locations may be found on the area map.

Burg Windeck - Above Buhl on hill 35 DM
Boxbeutel - Close to Varnhalt 28 DM
Schloss Neueweier - Between Steinbach and Neueweier 25 DM
Zum Nest - Baden, left 30 Yds Past policeman 25 DM
* Yburg Castle - High above Varkalt 25 DM
Zum Lamm - Neueweier 22 DM
Bahnhof Keller - Baden 22 DM
Weinberg - Between Neueweier & Varkalt 22 DM
Ochsen - Kuppenheim 22 DM
Weidenfelsen - Up hill 3 miles above Buhlertal 22 DM
Hotel Schwert - Rastatt first right on marker St 20 DM
Green Bedstead - Buhl 20 DM
Hirsh - Huglesheim 18 DM
Schwan - Huglesheim 18 DM
Wolf - Buhlertal 18 DM
* Kalikutt - Near Oppenau 18 DM
Anker - Iffezheim 18 DM
Rossel - Soellingen 16 DM
Hohritt - Above Achern Unknown
*Because of roads it is suggested these places be visited in the daytime.



Certain old customs are well preserved in areas of the Black Forest and around Germany. It is fitting that we cover Christmas Custom before explaining the other special customs some of which are peculiar only to this area.
On first Sunday of Advent a "Advents-Kranz" (small wreath Of pine twigs decorated with ribbon and 4 candles) is placed in the home, and 1 candle is lighted. On the succeeding Sunday 2 candles are burning and so on until Christmas Eve, when the wreath is replaced by a Christmas tree.
December 6th is Santa Claus day, when German youngsters put out their shoes or stockings for candies, nuts and fruits. They must also recite a Santa Clause poem before they receive their gifts, On Christmas Eve the family gathers around the tree for carol singing and the children receive their presents from "Knecht Rupprecht" (Father Christmas) who usually wears a long, fur coat, boots, long beard and carries a wooden stick with a knapsack. He usually appears with the "Christkind" (child Jesus) who is dressed in a long white robe and golden crown or halo. The family then goes to "Christmette" a special, worship service held at midnight or 5 o'clock in the, morning.
A special feature of the Baden area is the baking of "Schnitzbrot", very similar to Canadian Christmas cake; as well as "Springerle" cookies. These cookies are cut in different shapes which are generally themes of Christmas.
Some peculiar customs are still practiced in the rural areas and sometimes are connected with Pagan superstitions.
On the way to Midnight Mass, farmers drink water out of their wells, as this "Christmas water" is said to have special healing powers. This drawing of water from a well is Called "Heiligwagschoepfn" and is still in use in some southern Blackforest regions.
Another superstition among the rustic people in that during, Christmas night, from 11pm to midnight. the live stock can speak to each other, but no one should dare to eavesdrop - he would be doomed to death.
December 27th is St John's Day, and wine is taken to the church for benediction: one drinks some of this blessed wine for the families health for the next year and retains the rest, as it cures all kinds of frailties. Winegrowers even put some of it into their wine-casks so that they may partake of the blessing.
In Germany, if you are invited to dinner or to a house party it is customary to bring a bouquet of cut flowers to the hostess. Usually an uneven number - 5 or 7 - according to the size of the blossoms - is given.
Presenting the flowers, however, is not exactly easy, as one is supposed to take of the wrapping before handing them to the hostess. If she does not relieve the guest of the wrapping paper all he can do is adroitly crumple it into a ball and stick it into his coat pocket.
A very important thing to remember is the kind of flowers presented. Red roses can be poison ivy if given to the wrong person at the wrong time, because they are usually only offered by a lover to his sweetheart.
In many German Gasthaus you will find one special table reserved for the local cronies, who regularly come to have a beer and argue politics, and perhaps play a game of skat. This table, usually with a bare wooden top polished from daily use, frequently bears the sign "Stammtisch" (regular table) or a little banner. So when looking for a table, do not be surprised if the management suggests you choose a table other than this one.
It is also common to share tables in Germany. Of course, one must ask permission first: "Gestatten Sie?" or, less formal, "Entschuldigen Sie, ist heir noch frei?". The answer is always: "Ja, bitte sehr"



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