Goethe’s Restaurant: Auerbachs Keller

Auerbachs Keller is not only Leipzig's but also one of the oldest and most famous restaurants of Germany. Auerbachs Keller, whose history dates back to the first half of the 15th century, has a very good reputation as the second oldest restaurant in Germany's Leipzig city, it deserves this in every way. 

While Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who is a famous German literary figure who lived in Leipzig for a while, was creating his famous drama Faust, The Auerbach Restaurant became an important source of inspiration.

Auerbachs Keller

Auerbach's Cellar is located in Grimmaische Strabe 2, the historic district of Leipzig, in MadlerPassage, the most elegant shopping arcade in Leipzig, right next to the market. It is come down by using a stairs leading down to the ground floor of a passage. It is led down to this restaurant by using a stairs leading down to the ground floor of a passage. 

Its going down in history dates back to 1438. It takes its current name from, Dr. Heinrich Stromer, who is mostly known as Dr. Auerbach and was the medical professor and rector of Leipzig University and also the city councilor. Auerbach, the personal physician of the Saxon Prince, was given the right to open his own bar by the prince because of his help.

Auerbachs Keller

This restaurant was built in 1912 with the Malder-Passage, and typical simple meals special for Saxon, was serving and a beer was also accompanying with every service. 

Auerbachs Keller

This restaurant was built in 1912 with the Malder-Passage, and meals special for  typical simple Saxony, was serving and a beer was also accompanying with every service. Goethezimmer, Fasskeller, Lutherzimmer, Alt-Leipzig and since 1913 Grober Keller.

The restaurant has five historic dining rooms; Goethezimmer, Fasskeller, Lutherzimmer, Alt-Leipzig and since 1913 Grober Keller.

The famous German literary and poet Goethe frequently visited Auerbach's Cellular during periods when he lived in Leipzig between 1765-1768 and he often expressed that it was one of the most popular venues. 

Goethe whose father is also a lawyer, begin to study at the University of Leipzig at the age of 16. Goethe went to college but only got two law lessons, but because of his heart was slanted towards reading, he approve this famous fountain of the city as dwelling. He committed to paper his masterpiece Faust, which have its name written in gold letters, in this place.

Auerbachs Keller

On the first part of Goethe's Faust, Mephistopheles and Faust drink here with students before stepping up onto the barrel. This scene is now depicted on a tree trunk at the place called Goethezimmer (Goethe room) and it is known that the writer get inspired right here.

Auerbachs Keller

Today, on the walls of the restaurant smelling of history, scene of Mephistopheles's taking out Faust in Faust which is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's world famous book, is situated. 

Two paintings are seen on a board here. One of those is the drinking of Faust, the magician and astrologer, with his students and the other one is the picture which he go out from the door like riding horse on the wine barrel. Faust I, shown on the Auerbach's Cellar scene in Leipzig, is dedicated to the city in a real sense.

According to a legend, Dr. Johann Georg Faust once step up onto the barrel and go out by turning the barrel and the wallah who helped him in this matter was the Satan himself.

It is a historic restaurant where you can find international food besides local tastes. Masterfully prepared table decorated with candle light, is a perfect choice for a romantic dinner in this historic restaurant.

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