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Our history

In 1738, Mathias Wilhelm opens the tavern and purchases the house in 1746. After his parents’ death, their son Josef takes over operations.

After a period of ownership by Josef Laurent, Christian Hummel takes over the property in 1834. After long negotiations with the municipality, he succeeds to get permission to turn the drinks-only tavern into a restaurant being allowed to serve warm dishes, which had been requested by the owners of the market stalls for a long time. After taking over from his father in 1863, Eduard Hummel buys the other half of the building from the shoemaker Johann Schmid in 1870 and turns the entire ground floor into a restaurant. This is the state in which all of Freiburg knows the restaurant, everybody in town knew «Der Hummele am Münsterplatz».

Elise und Karl Oberkirch bought the house in 1936. According to legend, Karl Oberkirch managed to extinguish a fire breaking out in the adjacent historic merchant hall during the heavy bombing of the city in 1944 – by using the content of his wine cellar. The Oberkirch building right next to the impressive hall was miraculously spared and remains one of the few real historic buildings in Freiburg. In 1951, his daughter Helga starts working in the restaurant – and another building is added; the former horse stables of the palace of the Sickinger family (today housing the provincial court) is rebuilt as hotel building after being destroyed in the war.

In 1967, Helga Oberkirch takes over operations with her husband Herbert. In 1991, she hands the house over to her son Helmut Johner and his life partner Doris Hunn, together they run the hotel and restaurant until Helmut Johner’s death in 1997. During this period, the Münsterplatz building was renovated entirely, today offering modern komfort with the atmosphere of the historic building. From 1998 until November 2022 Doris Hunn was running the Oberkirch alone.

Since December 2022, Toni F. Schlegel has been running the hotel and restaurant – the long tradition of the Oberkirch continues….

Hotel Oberkirchs Weinstube
Münsterplatz 22
79098 Freiburg
Münsterplatz 22

Wir machen eine kurze Pause......und sind ab 04. August 2022 wieder für Sie da!

Unser Restaurant bleibt bis einschließlich 03. August 2022 geschlossen - ab dem 04. August 2022, 17:30 Uhr sind wir wieder für Sie da.

Wir freuen uns auf Sie!

Ihr OberkirchTeam

Our restaurant opening hours

from 6th December 2022:

Sundays & Mondays: closed
Tuesday to Thursday: noon to 10 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays: 9:00 am to 10:30 pm

From 17 April 2023 our restaurant will reopen on Mondays

Snack menu featuring cold and warm dishes from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Autumn Menu from noon to 2 pm and from 6pm to 8.30 p.m.


– An initiative by Freiburg restaurants and the tourism board FWTM –

As a special offer for our guests, we have jointly developed a sustainable seal of quality with the following characteristics:

  • The dishes of the Freiburg menu are consistently prepared from at least 70% ingredients from the region
  • The ingredients originate from suppliers within a maximum radius of 130km from Freiburg
  • In terms of content, every restaurateur is free in his creative design and offers dishes that suit his own house and kitchen
  • All dishes that are part of the menu are marked with the Freiburg logo on the menu
  • The Freiburg menu is offered all year and changes at least 4 times a year to emphasize the regionality and seasonality
  • To enhance transparency, we are happy to inform you about the exact origin of the products
  • Regional drinks such as water, juices, beer, wine and spirits are offered to match the menu

We are very pleased to be part of this initiative and to be able to put the culinary wealth of our region in the foreground – we wish you bon appetite!