Traditions-Wirtshaus Osl

For local regulars and connoisseurs

The traditional Osl pub in Bad Kötzting

For local regulars and connoisseurs

The traditional Osl pub in Bad Kötzting

Church – pub – home: This triad is typically Bavarian. It resonates in Bad Kötzting too. In the picturesque climatic health resort and Kneipp spa town to the north of the Bavarian Bohemian Forest, you can find the Osl pub in the heart of the town centre, right next to the St Veit church. Tradition is everywhere here. The Upper Palatinate town of just under 8,000 inhabitants can look back on a history spanning over 900 years. The St Veit church is only 150 years younger than this. Since 1412, a Pfingstritt (or Whit Ride) has been taking place here every year, in which up to 1,000 riders make up the largest supplicatory procession with horses in the world. The Osl pub was already an institution when the first procession took place: There is documentary proof that guests have been served here since 1344.

'You have to go with the times, but not too much.'

The pub is currently being run by the sixth generation of the same family, with brothers Martin (34) and Josef Koller (32). Both trained in renowned Munich establishments, one as a hotelier, the other as a chef. When they took over the pub from their parents in 2012, one thing was clear to them: A pub that has been run by the family since 1853 will only be altered with caution. "You have to go with the times, but not too much", says Martin Koller, explaining their approach. Their claim: "A restaurant, but a pub too." And one that they would like to frequent themselves.

Im Wirtshaus Osl

Their first step was to look back many years to bring the Osl into the future. The façade was restored to what it would have looked like at the turn of the 20th century. The first floor, which used to be a dancefloor, was renovated to create an open gallery. A special touch: The wood that they used for the interior, right down to the floor, was sourced from family property – a farm and barn that had been pulled down.

A timeless, puristic and yet cosy pub that hasn't given way to any fads of fashion

After eight months of building, the Osl glistened in new splendour. As a timeless, puristic and yet cosy pub that hasn't given way to any fads of fashion. A pub in which card players and regulars can feel as much at home as vicars, mayors and guests, who come to dine in the evening and drink a regional Grand cru wine from the Rheingau. Two worlds – pub and restaurant – that work effortlessly together in the Osl.

Martin und Josef Koller
Köstlichkeiten im Wirtshaus Osl

The brothers modernised the menu as carefully and sustainably as they did the building. An innovative interpretation of regional cuisine dominates; with Angus beef having been the centrepiece alongside char and trout for twenty years. The animals are bred organically on the family's own mountain farm in Neurittsteig, 20 km to the northeast of Bad Kötzting. And they are served as wonderfully prepared Lüngerl (lung) with Semmelknödel dumplings, as boiled beef or gulasch, as boiled ox, Sauerbraten (marinated beef), steak or burgers.

The upmarket pub culture is attracting more and more connoisseurs of all ages.

The food is accompanied with an Augustiner beer or wine, primarily from within Germany. The intense taste experience is completed with an international award-winning digestif from the local Gerhard Liebl distillery. This upmarket pub culture is attracting more and more connoisseurs of all ages – and they come from far and wide.

Rinder aus der eigenen Landwirtschaft
Weingenuß im Wirtshaus Osl
Wirtshaus Osl
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address: Marktstraße 32, 93444 Bad Kötzting
Tel: +49 (0)9941 1045
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email: info@wirtshaus-osl.de
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