By most accounts, this is the longest continuously-run inn in Germany, in business since 1403. Peter Hansen, the Bären's 50th documented innkeeper, has greeted guests with his wife Monika since 1980.
Today, there are 25 guestrooms and the dining area is bright and cheerful with a dash of elegance.
The 250-year-old lime tree, the fountain and in front of the Schwabentor the hotel Zum Roten Bären since 1120 and therefore the oldest inn in Germany. Hospitality is a matter of course for us - you will feel it everywhere!
Ingredients are fresh, and the dishes are exquisitely prepared. The Bären employs its own herb professional, who grows them in the garden of a former monastery. This allows chefs (and guests) to try unique and subtle flavorings.
Salad straight from the Freiburg Marketplace is served with chanterelles from nearby woods, sauteed in cream with bread dumplings. There's lamb roasted with rosemary-shallot sauce and served with polenta; breast of duck glazed with mustard and honey; and medallions of venison in a choice of sauces with Spätzle. Wiener Schnitzel's listing as a regional dish is not a mistake but recognition that Freiburg was once part of the Habsburg dynasty. Most entrees range between €17-20.
Tel: +49/761/387 870
Address: Oberlinden 12, 79098 Freiburg, Germany