On a recent Rick Steves’ Tour, RFT contributor Alice Ericksen and her cousin, Mary Ellen Voelz, enjoyed lunch at Restaurant Haus Lipmann in Beilstein, Germany, along the Mosel River. Alice writes:
Restaurant Haus Lipmann has been in the same family for 200 years. Its history shows in its several dining halls, all decorated with antlers, chandeliers, and feudal weapons.
The food at this establishment is traditional German and very fresh and delicious. Since we were there with a tour, we didn’t get to choose from the whole menu, but were limited to quiche, goulash, or schnitzel. We also had apple strudel for dessert.
I opted for the quiche, which was delicious. (The word quiche evolved from the German word Kuchen, cake, so it’s no surprise that you’ll find quiche in Germany.) The crust was different, thicker than a pie crust, almost like a flatbread. When I asked about it, our tour guide told us that this was the traditional German way to serve quiche. Everyone else raved about their food as well.
Local Wines Shine Too
The wines served at Restaurant Haus Lipmann are local and also very good. I like dry wine and feared that wines in the Mosel Valley would all be traditional sweet German wines. Not so! Their dry wines are crisp and refreshing with distinctive flavors.
While the food is worthwhile at Restaurant Haus Lipmann, especially if you enjoy good-quality German fare, it’s the setting that makes this restaurant special for travelers. The Mosel River Valley is one of the great wine producing regions of the world, and Lipmann’s location right on the river makes it ideal for lunch annd a little German wine. — Alice Ericksen
Restaurant Haus Lipmann
Marketplatz 3, 56814 Beilstein
The restaurant doesn’t have their own website, but it’s part of the Hotel-haus Lipmann. www.hotel-haus-lipmann.com