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Karl Ratzsch's closed in 2017.

Urban Spelunking: 12 photos inside the shuttered Karl Ratzsch's restaurant

When restaurateurs Karl Ratzsch and Ella Helene Ratzsch moved their Herrmann's restaurant to 320 E. Mason St. in 1929, they changed the name to Old Heidelberg.

And they created what they called a "new-old restaurant ... with an authentic atmosphere of old time hospitality. Here guests will find the romance, the cheer, the charm of bygone days. And, above all, fine German cookery."

That was a recipe for success until 2017, when the latest operator, Thomas Hauck, closed it, seemingly (but hopefully not) for good.

Afterward, a bank auction cleared out many of the German and German-style objects that long decorated the place. But, thankfully, a lot remains, and the space is still evocative of of old Germany, and it would make a great setting for a beer hall (if you're looking to open such a place).

We went inside recently and thought you might like to see how it looks now...

Mama Ratzsch

One of the chandeliers and a bit of the wrap-around mural

Classic clock

Dining room with the tiny stage

The Fable Room still has its murals

One of the heinzelmaennchen

Stained glass


A musician upstairs

Vintage photographs

The wine cellar

A view under the Mason Street sidewalk


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