The best Garmisch restaurant for Bavarian music and folk dancing
My husband and I do our best to view each new European adventure as an opportunity to learn more about the places we visit. No matter where we go, each country and region has a unique way of sharing stories through artwork, music, customs and the flavors of local cuisine.
On the first evening of our recent family trip to Garmisch, the promise of nightly performances of traditional Alpine folk dancing (Schuhplattler), yodeling, accordion music and regional songs drew us to Gasthof Fraundorfer. A Bavarian specialty restaurant known for its delicious dishes, warm hospitality and festive entertainment, this popular inn has been welcoming regulars, locals and tourists alike since 1857.
Beautiful, hand-painted murals, glowing stained glass windows and the sounds of lively according music greeted us as we found our table. My husband and I grinned at each other over our menus as we settled into our seats. It was exactly the kind of place we’d hoped to find.
After much deliberation, my husband ordered the Kassler Ripperl, which came with a hefty serving of tangy sauerkraut and creamy mashed potatoes. Although the English version of the menu translates the meat portion of the dish as a “smoked pork chop,” it could be more accurately described as a thick slice of delicious ham reminiscent of a traditional American holiday meal.
I was excited to try the homemade beef roll, or Rindsrouladn, as it has been on my list of German delicacies to try for some time. My meal also came with mashed potatoes, so the side was served family-style in an ornate dish. “If you’d like more, there’s plenty,” our waitress encouraged us with a wink as she set the serving bowl between us on the table.
The beef roll consisted of a tender filet that had been pounded thin and wrapped around a filling with flavorful vegetables, pickles and spices. The dish was completed with a savory brown gravy that I would’ve swam in if it wouldn’t have upset the other patrons. As I took my last bite of Rindsrouladn, I snuck a handful of leftover Pommes from my children’s plates to soak up the last traces of sauce.
In addition to an extensive Bavarian menu, the Gasthof Fraundorfer offers meals perfect for hungry little ones. Our boys were happy to choose a child-sized serving of Bratwurst, fish sticks and Pommes.
Meals are served daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., except for Wednesday, when the kitchen opens at 5 p.m. The restaurant is closed Tuesday. Seating is plentiful, with places for 180 guests inside and 70 in the Biergarten, making this a great spot for large parties and tour groups.
In addition to the restaurant, Gasthof Fraundorfer offers 30 guest rooms for one to five guests. Each apartment features its own Bavarian theme, such as “King Ludwig” and “Mountain Chalet,” and some have balconies with breathtaking views of the surrounding Alps. A breakfast buffet is included.
Ready to make a reservation? Visit gasthof-fraundorfer.de.
The Fraundorfer family stands by its motto: “Regulars, locals or strangers from afar, all are assured a hearty welcome.”
Our family can certainly attest to the hotel and restaurant’s reputation for gifting its patrons with fine food and a friendly atmosphere.