There’s a unique experience awaiting you at the Restaurant & Whisky Museum auf der Kyrburg. The castle and guard house are the landmarks of the town of Kirn which is very close to Baumholder and a beautiful one hour drive from Wiesbaden, Ramstein, or Kaiserslautern.
Kyrburg was first mentioned in the year 1128 and has changed hands numerous times over the centuries. Herr Horst Kroll, the current owner, has converted this castle into a restaurant and museum with special activities scheduled throughout the year, normally on Friday and Saturday evenings.
On most weekends, the action starts at 18:00 (6pm) in front of the museum where you will enjoy a welcome drink by a huge bonfire accompanied by live bagpipe music. The bonfire is especially appreciated on chilly nights! After a three-course dinner in the Wachthaus (Guard House), which was built in 1764, the entire group descends into the arched cellar for the scotch tasting and entertainment. This is the heart of the action: the Whisky Museum, which has over 3,500 bottles for viewing and, depending on the bottle, tasting.
The tasting is led by the lord of the castle, Herr Kroll, followed by lively entertainment (often Scottish) and some top quality scotch. The price is from 70 to 95 Euro per person for the evening depending on the scotch and entertainment offered. There is a wine menu available, and you can order whatever scotch suits your fancy at additional cost.
On Saturday, 18 August, they will have a night of “Blues & Big Bottles.” This venue is a little non-standard with musical presentations from the “legendary” duo of John Kirkbride and Ferdl Eichner, then the music of Dr. Mabesi’s Blues Elixer. Highland Grilled Steak will be the main course for the evening. The price for this event is only 55 Euro or, for those that don’t drink scotch, 25 Euro. Believe me, the non-scotch drinkers will also enjoy the music and fare.
I have attended one of these evenings, and it was really a great time! I will soon be making a second trip. We elected to stay overnight in a nearby hotel, which we found on their website. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but you can visit the museum for a nominal fee on other days after 11:00 A.M.
If you make a reservation for 10 but only 8 show up, you will have to pay for all ten because the whisky is poured in advance, not when you arrive. If you cancel in advance, you will not be charged for no-shows.
It is definitely possible to have friends join you for the dinner portion only. This could be the case if you don’t drink but just want to join the fun. Let the restaurant know in advance who will not take part in the whisky tasting, otherwise, you will be charged for both the dinner and tasting.
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