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Thuringia, Germany Tourism
Dining like Luther - a medieval feast, called "Lutherschmaus" in the "Eisenacher Hof" in Eisenach, Thuringia
We recommend that you book a room in this 4-star hotel. After eating and drinking all the evening it is not save to drive a longer distance.
In future we want to add more information about the reformation started by Martin Luther to our travel guide for Thuringia. We are looking mainly for already existing web sites in the English language. I am too old to start my own research and I do not want to steal others peoples work.
We started with the worldly part of Martin Luther's life and participated in a feast called the "Lutherschmaus". To participate in this unforgettable event you need to register in advance. We believe as larger the group which takes part at the "Lutherschmaus" as more fun it can be.
Martin Luther loved worldly things and his language was sometimes vulgar according to today's standards. But please do not forget that he lived in medieval times and probably people from that period would not agree to all of our customs and our behavior.
It is reported that he asked his guests after a heavy meal "Why do you not burp and fart? Did you not like it?"
In Japan it is still custom that you should burp after a meal to show how much you appreciated it. Japan is one of the cleanest countries I ever have visited and everybody is extremely polite.
The feast was scheduled for 6:00 pm. We arrived early enough on a Saturday to find free parking directly in front of the 4-star hotel. The waiting time went by fast by studying and translating the German written menu of the feast and having some drinks.
The costumed staff was setting up the tables before we were allowed to enter the dining room
Elizabeth, my wife, became addicted to the local mineral water and local diet pop which is not so sweet as that what we get in Canada. She had changed her diet in the previous months and became a (hopefully) temporary vegetarian. She turned pale after she learned the details of the food which was provided, unlike her I considered it mouth watering.
Everybody was guided to a reserved table and received a menu which was written in medieval German with a modern translation.
Guests are still streaming in
The menu contained also other dishes which were offered. The following is a brief description of the "Lutherschmaus" a feast served to the citizen of Eisenach a the time when Luther lived there.
one horn filled with 0.1 liter of honey wine for each person of the respective party
crusty rye bread and a pot filled with "Griebenschmalz" (pork fat) or "Kräuterquark" (some kind of cottage cheese with herbs)
a bowl of old fashioned potato soup with pieces of sausage or a meat soup - served from a stone pot
a skewer with different barbecued meat and a large sausage served with delicious fried potatoes, bread dumplings, spaetzle, baked onions, mushrooms in a herbal sauce, sauerkraut, red cabbage,
Brussels sprouts and red cabbage
a skewer with various fruits soaked in alcohol and lighted
The "Lutherbrot" a delicious crusty rye bread. You must break it with your hands
Everybody - except Elizabeth - became addicted to it. Do not forget to sprinkle salt on it!
Except the honey wine all other drinks must be ordered and paid on top of the fee for the "Lutherschmaus".
Recorded medieval background music was continuously played and supported the impression to be back to the 16 th century.
A large group of bikers added to this atmosphere because some of them looked like cavalier from that time.
Because smoking was still not banned at this time in German restaurants and public places, we none smokers suffered. Fortunately the bikers - partly still wearing their heavy gear - could not stand the increasing temperature and opened some windows.
After having some food indulged the honey wine was served.
Each party received a horn filled with this cool beverage to share it. The task was to drink until it was emptied. We - a party of four - had some problems to achieve this because we had already some drinks before this event took place.
More heavy mediaeval food was served after.
However, even Elizabeth, my wife - a new vegetarian - found enough to eat.
She eat most of the fresh made salad, the vegetables and surprisingly she got addicted to the crusty bread.
Elizabeth is faking to drink when she holds the horn.
She did not drink at all because of medical reasons.
But you must not get drunk to have fun and a very good time during a medieval event.
But there is also no reason to stay thirsty. Non alcoholic beverages are getting more and more popular in Germany because of the strict laws against drunk driving.
A skewer with different barbecued lean meat was one of the main attractions. It was served with a variety of bread, potatoes, noodles and vegetables.
My drummer girl
As you can see everybody had fun. Not too much alcohol was consumed because of the strict laws against drunk driving.
The four star hotels offers also accommodation.
Martin Luther was still busy
The costumed servers were multi talents. Whenever you needed something they brought it. On top of it they gave the speeches .
Unfortunately, even I could not understand everything what was said. It was in an old German language. I tried later to get a printed version of those - but I failed.
People were invited to say something on the little stage. I was one of them.
We enjoyed the various interesting breaks which were part of the gorgeous "Lutherschmaus".
They added some fun, such as drumming to medieval music, others were presentations of written words from Martin Luther.
The big finale of the "Lutherschmaus was a skewer with various fruits soaked in alcohol and served burning. I wish it would have had double the size - it was so good!
Have you ever seen young people dancing to medieval music? Dancing too on a table?
It was a complete new experience for us.
All that was initiated by the staff of the "Eisenacher Hof" and the bikers participated nicely and added lots of flavor to this unique event.
Also the elderly crowd enjoyed it very much.
Nobody went overboard or violent.
It was a nice evening but we all were really tired after so much food and because of the heat wave which had already had started in Germany when we arrived with very unusual temperatures. It was in addition very humid because of the rain.
We were so stuffed that we had problems to get up and move.
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