Within the walls of this historic building in Heidelberg, the statesman Otto von Bismarck once duelled as a student and Mark Twain found inspiration for his book A Tramp Abroad.
Especially in the two restaurants, you can still see traces of this extraordinary hotel’s rich history. In the Mensurstube restaurant, there are reminders of duels once fought on the floor above, with faded photos and swords commemorating the student societies of yesteryear.
Chef Mario Sauer heads the elegant Michelin- starred restaurant Le Gourmet, using wonderful regional ingredients from the farms of the Hohenlohe region.
All the hotel’s rooms and bathing facilities are undergoing core renovation, to meet the latest building and safety standards. It will open in early summer of 2021 with a fresh new design featuring outstanding rooms and luxurious comfort throughout that integrates perfectly with Hirschgasse’s rich past. In the meantime you are more than welcome to dine in the restaurants, Le Gourmet and the historic Mensurstube, which remain open – both now with air conditioning.
In both restaurants as well as in the hotel you will find a great love for history and for quality. Restaurant Le Gourmet has 1 Michelin Star. Chef Mario Sauer’s classic French cuisine is famous. He sources high quality produce locally from the Hohenlohe region, whenever possible.
The second restaurant, Mensurstube, offers classic German cuisine. The walls are adorned with sepia pictures of fraternity members of the Heidelbergse Burschenschaft Allemannia, who used to duel here until 1979.
The pleasant bar seats up to 6 persons and offers lively views of the kitchen at work.
The restaurants are opened Tuesdays through Saturdays between 18.00h - 24.00h (kitchen closes at 22.00h).
The two-tiered terrace is bordered by sweet smelling roses and is ideal to relax and unwind. Weather permitting it is possible to dine in the beautifully laid out garden. Dining for four is also possible in the small romantic ‘Schloßblickloge’ with breath taking views of Heidelberg Castle.
Nestled in a small valley at the foot of the Heiligenberg, the hotel is adjacent to the famous ‘Road of Philosophers’. Walking down this famous roadway you will encounter lemon trees, cypresses and palm trees, which thrive in the mild micro climate on this side of the mountain.
From the Hirschgasse it is only 10 minutes by foot via the old bridge into the historic town of Heidelberg. This scenic route offers lovely views of the surrounding countryside, including Heidelberg Castle. The hotel’s own vineyard, Sunny Side upon the Bridge, yields the grapes for an excellent glass of Pinot Noir or Riesling.