History of the House

bild_zillstunnelFrom the market square, across from the old Town Hall, you head for the Barfußgäßchen.  Here, in this corner of Leipzig's historic city centre, you'll find the traditional Zill's Tunnel restaurant. Since 1785 many satisfied guests have been entertained here and in the building that stood on the same site before it.
During one period of the building's renovation, its beamed ceilings were replaced with a stone vault, resulting in Zill, the innkeeper at the time, renaming the inn to Zill's Tunnel in 1841, a name that has stuck with it to this day.

The regular guests of the house have included, amongst others, Viktor Nestler, the creator of the Trumpeter of Säkkingen and Karl Zöllner, who  wrote the famous song, "Das Wandern ist des Müller`s Lust" ("To wander is the miller's joy.") in Zill's Tunnel.
After the reconstruction of the house in 1888, the muse returned to Zill's Tunnel. Liedertafel and regulars' tables found a place to pass cosy and impressive evenings. In 1999/2000 the house was been meticulously restored.
In collaboration with the Foundation for Monument Protection  and a restoration expert, both floors of the restaurant were restored and the facade and the entire exterior view up to the intricate mural painting related to the old plans and documents of the year 1841. Even the chair molds and the coat of paint on the walls in the 1st Floor have been restored using largely authentic techniques of the time, so creating an environment orientated towards harmony, meriment, comfort and tradition.

With quaint Saxonian cosiness, we pamper our guests with typically Saxon dishes, beers and wines.