Personal Pasta in Bad Homburg

The Trattoria Fantastico in Bad Homburg is known to many German TV viewers as “Stein’s” – the restaurant in the ARD detective series “Polizeiruf 110“.

But for local residents it is an Italian restaurant with a difference. Here the guests can order not only from the menu, but they can also be personally advised by the staff.

They help the guests to find their perfect combination of fish, meat and pasta – all freshly prepared and served with the appropriate wine.

At lunchtime they serve set menus in three different price categories, consisting of either a main course and a starter.

The restaurant can also be booked for private events of up to 50 people.

Located just off the main shopping area (Louisenstr.) in Bad Homburg, it is easily accessible for visitors to the town wishing to try an Italien restaurant with a difference – and to enjoy “Mediterranean moments with Pino and his team”.

For more information, visit the restaurant’s homepage:

Laternenfest in Bad Homburg

Each year at the end of August Bad Homburg celebrates Laternenfest, or lantern festival.

The stalls stretch all the way from the end of the Louisenstraße up to the junction with Saalburgstraße, and then cover the Festplatz, a large open space for such fairs. On the two weekend days there are long processions and on Monday a lot of businesses close early to allow their employees to go to the festival together.

We went yesterday afternoon and stayed into the evening. I was pleasently surprised that a number of stalls had reduced their prices so that with a few exceptions everything was reasonably priced – the exceptions being turkey bites in a cone (Knabberfleisch) for 4,50EUR and Tarte Flambee (Flammkuchen) for an astounding 7EUR!

The childrens’ rides were normally 1,00-1,50EUR per go which was OK. One of Sarah’s particular favourites are the ponies – at 3EUR per ride, but the ponies are well looked after and the rides are quite long.

If you are planning on visiting the Laternenfest at any time it’s best to park your car outside of the town centre and take a bus in, otherwise be prepared for a long walk. If you’re not planning on staying very late, make sure you’re back in the bus by 9pm on Saturday night, as most of them stop running to make way for the procession and it can be almost midnight before they get through again.


Bad Homburger Sommer

The “Bad Homburger Sommer” takes place each summer in Bad Homburg over the space of two weeks. This year it starts on 30th June and finishes with a big firework display on 15th July.

There are open-air film showings, concerts in the park, games and participation-theatres for children and even a flea market.

Most of the events are free to the public as they are sponsored by local businesses, although there are a few ticketed events – but even they have reasonable prices.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Nachttheater im Schloss – Die drei Musketiere
  • Hexenzauber in Ober-Erlenbach
  • Sommernachtsball (kostenpflichtig)
  • Flohmarkt im Kurpark
  • Kinder-Lieder-Mitmach-Theater “Pitsch, Patsch, Pinguin”
  • Open Air Kino: Charlie und die Schokoladenfabrik
  • Kurpark in Flammen

The official homepage can be found here.

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