An impressive 13th-century building, once the seat of the regional courthouse, now houses a first-class Romantik restaurant, run by Helmut Benner and his family. All that is fresh from the seasonal market is prepared on the table in a contemporary way with the best selection of local products.
The restaurant has 5 rooms, rustic and festive at the same time, spread over two floors. There is also a seminar room and a large vaulted cellar.
Restaurant Altes Gericht History
Sulz, a small town in the Rhine valley, about 30 km from Bregenz and Lake Constance, has made history. The Old Court has been meeting here for over a millennium, arguably the oldest court in the region. Initially in the "Müsinen" corridor as an open Alemannic courtyard, then in the nearby mighty wooden house, which was built on an almost rebellious natural stone foundation.
The romantic courthouse, also known as the blacksmith's house, is one of the few relics from the 13th century and has been preserved in its original form. The stone base with the mighty barrel and cross vaults and the column elements in chestnut and oak have stood the test of time. The old courtyard is a very special house due to its size and suggestive architecture. A characteristic landmark in the Sulz urban landscape and unique in a large area. For this reason it was placed under monument protection and carefully restored from November 1982 to November 1986.
Upon closer inspection, it can be seen that the house - as it is today - was built in two phases and was enlarged at a later time, probably after 1600, with an extension in mesh. The walls of the extension in horizontal wooden beams are made with the so-called butt knitting technique. In contrast, the older, front part was built as a wooden post and plank construction with dovetail links.
The supporting parts are in oak and chestnut wood. This early timber construction technique only existed in this region until the 1500s and this house is probably the only one that survived.
The four-room cross and barrel vaults in the cellars, with walls up to 2.50 m thick, were built with stones from nearby Frutz, sand and lime as early as the 8th century, according to the local historian Prof. Ilg built. At that time they probably first served as a toll booth, tavern and horse changing station, because only here the Frutz stream, which divided the Rhine valley, was crossed by a ford since ancient times.
Today in this historic structure you can enjoy culinary delicacies and fine wines in environments where elaborate handcrafted details enchant and create an atmosphere of timeless beauty.
There are five rooms on two floors, also suitable for groups of up to 38 people. There is also a seminar room, the historic cellar with a small tasting room, a large vaulted cellar for private receptions and events, and a shady chestnut garden in summer.