Pegnitz Station 13 km/limited bus service
In season (summer):
Monday to Wednesday from 9:00
Thursday from 9:00 to 3:30
Friday to Sunday from 9:00
Check website for changing off-season hours.
Output: 2500 HL
Founded in 1774 by the Mager family and set in a lovely half-timbered house on the town’s main street that is lined with many such historic buildings. The interior may be a bit spartan but it’s a one of those rare places that manages to be a village pub as well as a tourist restaurant. What they lack in fancy decor, the more than make up for with great value excellent meals. This was a high on the list go to place when I first started traveling around Franconia and I even managed to get back here for a meal a few years after that so I must have been impressed.
the simple but functional interior of Gasthof Mager
I returned recently when researching my book Beer Hiking Bavaria due to the great hiking trails in the area and specifically to use Mager and found the place hadn’t changed a bit. I ate here twice and had Rouladen both times. This is a meal my mother-in-law excels at so I often shy away from it. This one was superb and the sauce one of the best I’ve had. My friend had an amazing Schweinebraten and he was equally impressed with the sauce and asked the barman what was in it. He said they used Lebkuchen to thicken it. It sounds odd but I had a small taste and it was fantastic. We both opted for their renowned Dunkel, about as good an accompaniment to both meals as you’ll find.
Rouladen & Mager Dunkel
I stopped by one afternoon and sat out back to enjoy the sun and decided to give their Pils a try and while not quite the Dunkel, it was a nice brew none-the-less. Since their Märzen isn’t generally on tap at their pub, I picked up a bottle to drink at home.
Mager Pils at the pub & bottles of their Märzen & Ur-Hell at home
Starkbier during Lent
Bartholomäus Festbier on the 3rd weekend in August
Weihnachtsbier in December