The Oldest Bratwurst Restaurant in the World

Zum Guldenen Stern, Nürnberg

One of my favorite restaurants in Germany is this historic wurst house in Nuremberg.

Zum Gulden Stern’s history dates to around 1375, when the house where the restaurant stands was built.

In the 1600s, Zum Gulden Stern was considered an upscale eating house. It was also granted permission to slaughter its own pigs on-site; something rarely permitted at that time. Thankfully, the community came together to save the restaurant from being developed in the 1980s, and even more thankfully, on-premises pig slaughters are no longer allowed!

Zum Gulden Stern isn’t one of my favorite restaurants purely for its history. The interior is cozy and warm, and the food is great. I’m not a huge fan of sausage, in general, but I’ve actually caught myself day dreaming about the sausages at Zum Gulden Stern.

The menu is pretty straightforward. You choose 6, 8, or 10 sausages (served in the Nuremberg style: small, thin pork sausages that are lightly seasoned and not overly-greasy), and your choice of German potato salad or saurkraut as a side. Of course, a German sausage plate wouldn’t be complete without a little beer. The restaurant offers several options, and also has non-alcoholic drinks (soda, juice, etc.).

Note: A basket or assorted bread (rolls, soft pretzels, etc.) will be placed on the table, but this isn’t an American “all you can eat” bread basket: you’ll be charged for each roll you eat. 

Zum Gulden restaurant is small, with just 150 seats (and another 70 in the biergarten). The website strongly suggests a reservation, but I’ve never made one and have always been seated quickly. One of the highlights of indoor seating is the open-flame beechwood grill. That’s where the restaurant cooks its sausages, and you can see it from every seat in the main dining room.

Parking, Location & Hours

Zum Gulden Stern
Zirkelschmiedsgasse 26
90402 Nürnberg, Germany

Zum Gulden Stern is open daily (even on Sundays, which is uncommon in Germany) from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Conveniently, there’s a parking garage (Parkhaus Jakobsmarkt) immediately across from Zum Gulden Stern. In addition, the Altstadt, including the Handwerkerhof Nürnberg, which I wrote about last week) is a short walk away.

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