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Neuleiningen Castle and the BurgSchanke

For many many years, we have been going back to the BurgSchanke in Neuleiningen. We would see the ruins of the old castle, high on a hill, as we would be driving by on Autobahn A6 between the Heidelberg area and France. When AdventureMan got his company command (it was a big deal) I saved up my money and treated him to dinner at the BurgSchanke.

This is where we sat:


The menu doesn’t change much. Most of these entrees were the same ones on the menu many many years ago:

Here is what AdventureMan likes to have – Franzosiche Entenbrust, or French Duck Breast (I think the French part is all the vegetables)


I don’t eat meat very often, but when I do – this is what I had – the Knoblouchsteak (garlic steak)

It used to be served on a wooden platter. I am guessing that health and sanitation standards now require porcelain or something less porous and prone to bacteria than wood.

And here is what we had for dessert. We totally hate the presentation, but it never fails to make us laugh, long and loud, and in spite of how it looks, the mousse is truly delicious.

We talked about all the years we had been coming to this restaurant, all the guests and friends we had brought with us, where we had been sitting with different people – including, more than once, my parents, coming back for their own sentimental journey. Ahhh . . . sweet memories. πŸ™‚

One time, my youngest sister and her family came for a visit, and their son also tried the duck, and thoroughly enjoyed it. His father ordered the Eisbecher Burg Neuleiningen, and we didn’t tell him . . . we waited to see his face when they brought him a bowl the size of a punch bowl, filled with fifty scoops of ice-cream. πŸ™‚ Oh, what fun!

We stayed in a truly darling hotel, and felt very lucky to get the last room. “Two hours ago, we had four vacancies,” the very nice manager said, “but now, we have just one!” In a heartbeat, we took it. The view from the Burggraf was amazing.


May 13, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Beauty, Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Food, Germany


  1. memories are a treasure
    The food looks really good πŸ™‚ I am hungry *as usual*

    Comment by Ansam | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. LOL, Ansam, I like food, too!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  3. Brought back wonderful memories of being in France and Germany with you. Earthling still insists he “only eats duck in Neuleiningen.” πŸ˜‰ Your garlic steak looks amazingly yummy!

    Comment by sparkleplenty | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  4. It was! Poor AdventureMan! And yes, we laughed and remembered Earthling, God bless him, and wished you could all be there with us. πŸ™‚ What a grand party that would be!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  5. yumyum

    Comment by Purgatory | May 13, 2009 | Reply

  6. Tha does it. I’m booking airfare!

    Comment by None | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  7. That steak looks awesome ! I bet you’re happy you can have a glass of wine with your meat now eh ? πŸ˜›

    Comment by Mathai | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  8. lovely romantic nostalgic wistful trip! πŸ™‚ reminded me of a novel (cant remember which one, short stories collection), where an old couple stay in an old hotel, they had stayed years back, and where their son is getting married now! memories relived! πŸ™‚

    Comment by onlooker | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  9. I think you’d like it, Purg. πŸ™‚

    None – I wish you a happy trip!

    It was AWESOME, Mathai! And yes, we only drank VERY good wine, and enjoyed every sip.

    LLLOOOLLL! We would never have thought of ourself as an old couple, but I guess we are getting on up there, Onlooker. 😦 We still think of ourself as that young couple exploring the world! πŸ˜‰

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 14, 2009 | Reply

  10. […] I am printing this just as I found it. The thrill to me is that I can read it and follow it! It is from a blog called ‘Grandmother’s Best Recipes in the Pfalz’ and today I am making Pfalzerzuppe! (It is a onion soup made with creme and a little caraway seed; I often used to eat it atΒ Neuleiningen Castle, in the Bergschanke restaurant. […]

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  11. Enjoyed your site! Sixty years ago (1959-1962) I was a launch officer on a USAF “Mace” missile launch site on top of Grunstadterberg, overlooking the Rhine valley behind the Neuleiningen castle. I drove directly past that castle twice a day for two years and never once visited those ruins, the Neuleiningen village, or the restaurant you describe…..too busy going far afield visiting London, then “West” Berlin, Paris, Rome etc. It’s always too late when we learn all the LITTLE places we’ve missed!

    Comment by Frederick Horky | June 1, 2020 | Reply

    • LOL, Frederick, we believe it is never too late. I have to admit that right now, things look dismal for easy traveling, the way we used to, but we are hoping one day soon to head back and visit old haunts. Meanwhile, isn’t the secret to explore what is around you? Use a boring afternoon to visit that place just 2 – 3 hours down the road. Find a new restaurant and give it a try. We think the secret of staying young is the stimulation of the new to spark imagination πŸ™‚

      Comment by intlxpatr | June 7, 2020 | Reply

  12. Sorry that it’s taken so long to answer! But about trying new places: age 87 added to the pandemic makes OLD favorites not being done, so new places aren’t in the realm of the possible. But we still have lots of pleasant memories and some real adventures to remember!

    Comment by Fred Horky | October 26, 2020 | Reply

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