Germany: Wining and Dining

Le Ciel, Berchtesgaden, Germany – Restaurant Review

Le Ciel, Berchtesgaden, Germany – Restaurant Review

One of the treats one gets by staying at the InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden, a hotel set 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) above the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps, is that the aptly named restaurant Le Ciel (French for the Sky) is only an elevator ride away.
Regulars (I count myself as part of this group) know what to expect, namely an unending parade of delicacies.  It was comforting to enter the …

Restaurant Villa Rothschild, Königstein, Germany – Review

Restaurant Villa Rothschild, Königstein, Germany – Review

An extraordinary experience awaits you in the Restaurant Villa Rothschild.  The gourmet restaurant seats 38 people and tables are nicely spaced, affording maximum privacy.
Even if you are not staying at the Villa Rothschild Kempinski, a 22-room luxury hotel, a visit to the restaurant is in order if you are anywhere near Frankfurt.
Restaurant Villa Rothschild is the vision of chef Christoph Rainer, who was awarded a second Michelin star in late …

Munich’s Beer Gardens

Munich’s Beer Gardens

The Biergarten (literally, beer garden) dates back to Munich in the first half of the nineteenth century and the reign of Ludwig I of Bavaria. Thanks to a royal decree specifying brewing temperature (fermentation had to take place at temperatures between 4° and 8° Celsius), beer was brewed in colder months and breweries would dig beer cellars (Bierkeller) along the banks of the Isar River to keep the beer …

Le Ciel, Berchtesgaden, Germany

Le Ciel, Berchtesgaden, Germany

A twisty drive on the Alpenstraße brings the visitor to Le Ciel, a 12-table restaurant that offers dining at an altitude of 1000 meters at the InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden.  The hotel itself is set on a small plateau overlooking the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden in Berchtesgadener Land, Bayern (Bavaria) adjacent to Salzburg, Austria.
On Christmas Day it had started to snow in the late afternoon and the restaurant’s softly lighted interior seemed all …