Zum Roten Bären

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Coordinates: 47°59′36″N 7°51′14″E / 47.993267°N 7.853997°E / 47.993267; 7.853997

The hotel Zum Roten Bären
Partial history on the wall on the front of the building
Restaurant sign

Zum roten Bären (translation: to the red bear) is the oldest hotel in Germany[1] and Europe. The foundations of the hotel predate the founding of the town of Freiburg by the dukes of the House of Zähringen in 1120.

The first written documentation was in the land register document of the nearby monastery from the year 1311 listing the landlord as Hanmann Bienger the elder. Many of the landlords were also court and councilmen of the city of Freiburg and often also guild masters. For some time, the guild hall of the shoemakers was located at Zum Roten Bären, as can be seen in one of the windows of Freiburg Cathedral. The current manager, Wolf Eschger, is the 51st landlord.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Eine Gastlichkeit seit nun mehr als 622 Jahren (Our hospitality is now older than 622 years)". DTN. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-09-29.

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