With one new restaurant awarded a third star and ten new two-star restaurants in the MICHELIN guide Germany 2012, the country’s gourmet dining scene has been enhanced. Never before have the independent inspectors of the German guide rewarded so many restaurants with a second star as in the new edition to be released on November 11. As a result, the German guide now lists 32 two-star restaurants in all. In addition, “La Vie” in Osnabrück was awarded its third star, bringing to nine the number of restaurants in Germany that have obtained the guide’s highest ranking and confirming the high levels seen in previous years. As a result, Germany now ranks second behind France among the European countries with the most three-star restaurants. The guide also includes another record as the number of Bib Gourmand restaurants now totals 431, an increase of 45 over the 2010 guide. The Bib Gourmand label is awarded to restaurants that offer a high-quality, three-course meal for €35.00 or less.

6,384 hotels and restaurants selected across all price categories

In all, the 1,440-page MICHELIN guide Germany 2012 includes 2,157 restaurants and 4,227 hotels across all comfort and price categories. The 249 restaurants awarded one or more stars reflect the major changes that have taken place in the German gourmet dining scene and the high level of its cuisine.

Among the new two-star restaurants are “Lorenz Adlon” and “Reinstoff” in Berlin, “Schwingshackl Esskultur” in Bernried, “Kastell” in Wernberg-Köblitz in Bavaria, and “Rosin” in Dorsten and “”La Vision in Cologne in North Rhine-Westphalia. As in the 2011 edition, Northern Germany continued to gain momentum, with the Michelin inspectors awarding a second-star to four new restaurants in the region: “Haerlin” and “Jacobs Restaurant” in Hamburg, “Buddenbrooks” in Lübeck and “La Mer” in List on the island of Sylt.

The Rising Star category of restaurants in line for a second star includes “Tim Raue” and “Margaux” in Berlin, “Le Noir“ in Saarbrücken, the “Gourmet Restaurant at Wald- und Schlosshotel Friedrichsruhe” in Öhringen and “Zum Hirschen – Avui” in Fellbach near Stuttgart.

The number of one-star restaurants increased from 205 to 208, with 23 awarded their first star by the Michelin inspectors. The guide also features four Rising Star restaurants in line for their first Michelin star.

In addition to the selection of premium hotels and restaurants recommended by the Michelin inspectors, the guide also includes a large number of more affordable establishments, ranging from guesthouses to traditional grand hotels and resorts with spa facilities, and from simple country inns to three-star restaurants. Thanks to its diversity, the MICHELIN guide is the ideal companion for business as well as leisure travelers.

Change since the guide went to print

Since the MICHELIN guide Germany 2012 went to print, the editorial staff has learned that the restaurant Ernst Karl in Kraisersbach is currently closed. It should reopen after Christmas with a new name and a new concept.

The MICHELIN Guide on iPhone®

The MICHELIN guide Germany 2012 will sell for €29.95 (€30.80 in Austria). In addition to the printed version, it will also be available in an application for the Apple iPhone® and the Apple iPod Touch®, beginning in March 2012.

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