The Landshuter Café Belstner is one of the most beautiful in the whole of Germany. After 150 years, it was threatened with closure, but now a new tenant to continue the Tradition.By Hans Kratzer, Landshut
Sometimes, life is like a lottery, the coffee house owner Thomas Bauer says. So viewed, is gone to him years ago, a trip through the lobe, and he regrets even today. At the time of the former US-foreign Minister Henry Kissinger unannounced visit to the cafe Belstner in Landshut, Germany. Ironically, in that hour, Bauer was on the way. "I didn't know that he's coming," he says with a shrug. The prominent visitor who was returning in the company of a Landshut friend in the Belstner, attracted no attention. And so it was that Kissinger took incognito his mug of coffee, and then disappear again in the old town. "Not even an entry in our guestbook we have," mourns the loss of Bauer to the high number of visitors.
The Belstner is understood not as the celebrity Café, even if it is regularly well-known heads to be spotted. The rock group Uriah Heep has been immortalized as well in the guestbook, as droves of actors, comedians and athletes of both sexes. The primary Belstner serves as a living room and Salon for strolling a city audience, and as a focal point for tourists, for which the Café is one only because of its curious interior.
the greater was the Surprise, as Thomas Bauer announced in the late autumn, he wanted to close the old house at the end of January. The necessary investments would not pay off for him in time, he said, had taken over the Café in 1993, by his parents. Landshut was a topic of conversation. After all, the Café Belstner is a Landshut Institution, almost as famous as the Church of St. Martin and the castle Trausnitz.
one of the specialties of the rarely produced the tree cake, a Symbol of the pastry profession. image: Alessandra Schellnegger
Seven Pastry chefs finished cakes and chocolates in hand.image: Alessandra Schellnegger
The chocolate selection is as colorful as rich.image: Alessandra Schellnegger
In the Cafe Belstner there is a rich mix of styles with colored contrasts, here is a room in shades of green.image: Alessandra Schellnegger
Tempting as the view into the window.image: Alessandra Schellnegger
The customer decorations for the wedding cake as well as...photo: Alessandra Schellnegger
...sweet lucky charm for cyclists.image: Alessandra Schellnegger loading ...
there are Many shops and taverns has come to the historical old town and go see the Belstner remained. In 1868 opened, it quickly became a meeting place for all those in Landshut, holding something. In the Era of the Prince Regent, the Café rose to around 1900 in the ranks of the Royal Bavarian purveyor to the court. This Nimbus clings to him still, it was only right for the audience that appreciates the benefits of a coffee house visit to Vienna. How about the free singer Hannes Heindl, of the drives as the omniscient connoisseur of the Bavarian monarchy of the train to Landshut, to enjoy some quality time in the Café Belstner. And to eat, of course, are hand-made classics such as the Prince Regent's cake, tree cake, or even grape truffles. "Tree cake, almost no more power today," white, a trained pastry chef Bauer, who employs 60 people, including seven Pastry chefs. "Hand-made confectionery goods, which is staff-intensive," he says.
in addition to the sweet seduction, it is an additional joy to listen to then dribble the mornings, the conversations of the audience. Also, because you know after all the sensitivities of the city en gros and en détail know. While the guests in the Belstner Landshut to discuss in all its dazzling colorfulness, is maintained in a second coffee house Institution, the one in the Freyung Café Werner, more of a neighborhood-specific gossip. Both homes exude an almost Museum-like atmosphere. Thomas Bauer was just renewed in mind, when he, seven years ago, rather Biedermeier interior with all the chandeliers, Kranzerln and consoles. "I wanted to do the Viennese coffee house style on the top," he says, and he is so convincing that the Varta guide awarded Belstner immediately to one of the most beautiful Cafés in Germany.
The hand-carved furniture, the boost in their colors and in their flourishes of the imagination is enormous, farmers in Egypt to make. "In Germany, that would be priceless," he says. But you have to spend many hours in the Café, all the Details of the classic Viennese coffee house chairs, Baroque sofas, stucco ornaments, and the gold frame of the combined giant mirrors hidden, such as on a wall Sims the Morris dancers, the Landshut wedding.
The Landshut wedding of 1475 is omnipresent, here is the center of the action. The houses in this part of the old town are located "under the arches", as they say today. A portico of this kind, together with its Mediterranean charm is found otherwise only in Italian cities. And so, as is currently the Café is gossip, so it was formerly also in the shops is customary to comment on the course of time with a perky Up, as an old proverb suggests: "Who's under the arches by grace, without ridicule, is truly before God!"
grace before God would need it today to Load some Landshut. Although more and more people flock to the city make small businesses a series of sealing. A batch of empty stands to this testimony. International fashion or fast food chains on the Café Belstner and its Prime location attention, is easy to imagine. Thomas Bauer has now entrusted but the Café a Landshuter tenant wants to carry on as before. The Tradition, which seemed to be over, learns after 150 years, rarely enough, but still a continuation.