Eight questions for...

Karl-Josef Krötz, Master of the Town Hall "Ratskeller" wine cellar

When I visit the World Heritage Site of Bremen, what should I definitely not miss?

Bremen Town Hall Cellar, the delectable foundation of Bremen town hall.

What do you particularly like here?

The chamber containing the world’s greatest variety of German wines.

Do you have an insider tip?

The Rose- and Apostle Cellar. This is where Germany’s oldest wooden cask wines, some dating back as far as 1653, are stored.

What impressed you most during your first visit here?

What impressed me most when I came here for the first time was the enormous variety of German vintage wines, alongside the preservation of viticulture ever since the town hall cellar was constructed in 1405.

How do I best get to know this site?

Guided tours are ideal: a tour of the town hall gives you an impressive insight into 600 years of the city's history. The tour also offers wine cellar visitors a glimpse of the world’s largest collection of vintage German wines as well as Germany’s oldest wooden cask wines.

What else should I see here?

The upper chambers of the town hall, with the model ships dating back to the Hanseatic League and the impressive design of the “Güldenkammer,” or Gilded Chamber.

Visiting World Heritage Sites means working up an appetite. What regional specialty should I try?

Interesting Bremen specialties available all year round are “Labskaus," a salted meat dish, and "Knipp" sausages. In winter you can have another specialty - “Grünkohl und Pinkel”, kale with sausage. Another delicacy is "Kükenragout", poussin ragout, which should be enjoyed with an appropriate vintage wine from Bremen’s town hall cellars.

And which World Heritage Site would you like to see one day?

The impressive Würzburg Residence and its state cellars.

Karl-Josef Krötz

presides over the 600-year-old wine cellar in the World Heritage Site's town hall.

The viticulture engineer was born in a town on the banks of the Moselle, Germany’s oldest winegrowing region. Krötz is in charge of the wine trade in Bremen’s town hall cellar. Outstanding German wines of all vintages are stored here four meters beneath the ground.


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