Bistro Interieur No. 253 encounters the historic banqueting hall
In addition to the art, the culinary experience also gets the attention it deserves at Bahnhof Rolandseck. In the former First-Class waiting room and at the adjacent bar you can enjoy modern cuisine which combines regional and international accents in a unique setting. Here you can eat with your eyes too.
The bistro, encompassing the historic banqueting hall and the artistically designed bar Interieur No. 253, is not at all museum-like, but rather a unique public space. Designed between 2004 and 2012 by the Berlin artist Anton Henning, the walls, tables and glass window panes of the bar are covered with shapes and colours. Hand-made lamps, bright benches and 15 paintings complete the Gesamtkunstwerk and invite you to take an ironic look at topics from everyday and pop culture. There is no more exciting place for a snack or coffee break in between meals. And if you want to stay a little longer: an exclusive range of wines from the Ahr Valley is waiting to be tasted and enjoyed.
Even without the fantastic cuisine, the atmosphere of the nineteenth-century banqueting hall would be reason enough to delight visitors to the Arp Museum and those who like the finer things in life. Here you can dine in peace or simply absorb the aura of a turbulent history: The former First-Class waiting room and illustrious artists' rendezvous delights visitors with its charming aesthetics: an unplastered stucco ceiling crowned by impressive crystal chandeliers. Simple but elegant furnishings and fishbone parquet flooring create a setting in which past and present, cultural experience and culinary charms come together.
A little tip:
Make a point of paying a visit to the toilets: they were designed by the British artist Stephen McKenna. You will find a judicious dose of eccentricity in a place where you would least have expected it.
Then as now, the banqueting hall has always been a popular event location in which a variety of artistic disciplines meet during readings, concerts and lectures. Today's visitors can stroll through the same rooms as once did Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Brothers Grimm, Friedrich Nietzsche and Clara Schumann – to name but a few of those personalities who visited the banqueting hall or enjoyed the impressive backdrop of the Rhine Valley from the station terrace. To this day the terrace, with one of the "seven finest views in the world" (as the well-travelled Alexander von Humboldt observed), continues to invite visitors to linger and enjoy.
The gastronomy is available:
• In the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Hans-Arp-Allee 1, 53424 Remagen
• Tuesday – Saturday from 11 am – midnight
• Sunday from 10 am – midnight
Of course it is also possible to visit the restaurant without purchasing an entrance ticket for the Arp Museum. There is barrier-free access to the restaurant.
Find out more about the Interieur No. 253 as a site specific artwork by Thomas Huber: