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"That's enough": Unique delicatessen in Nuremberg is calling it a day – after 43 years


Highlights: Feinkost Langer in Nuremberg-Mögeldorf will close on 30 June. Owner Ulrike Langer, 69, has been running the delicatessen for 43 years. The shop sells handmade delicacies and specially refined cheese. Langer's art is to wash and refine raw milk cheese with salt water or alcohol. The cheese matures for weeks, sometimes even years, in the sandstone cellar in the property next door, which is perfect for refining cheese.

For 43 years, Ulrike Langer has been running her small delicatessen on Ziegenstraße in Nuremberg-Mögeldorf, which she herself describes as "homely" and "old". © Ulrike Langer

The delicatessen and cheese shop Feinkost Langer in Nuremberg-Mögeldorf will close on 30 June. In Ulrike Langer's small and old shop, there was very special cheese.

Nuremberg – "Totally hidden in the most beautiful corner of Nuremberg-Mögeldorf is Ulrike Langer's small old delicatessen, as she describes it herself. " When you drive to Ziegenstraße with us, you have the feeling that you are driving into another time," enthuses the 69-year-old. Her house, where she lives and has the delicatessen, is located between small castles and churches.

The shop, which sells handmade delicacies and specially refined cheese, fits perfectly into the image of the district of Nuremberg, which Langer describes as a "Nuremberg holiday resort". She has been running her shop for 43 years, but from July 2023 it will no longer exist.

Feinkost Langer closes after 43 years – from corner shop to delicatessen and mature cheese

Ulrike Langer's parents used to run a small corner shop there. When Langer's husband at the time had not yet found a job and she wanted to take care of her children, she took over the business. Soon she has developed a passion for the store.

The 69-year-old came to her specialty, refining cheese, later. An acquaintance who was a cheese merchant gave the tip to try French raw milk cheese. "Once you've tried it, you can't help it," says Langer. On the property next door, there is fittingly an 18th century sandstone cellar. The climate there is perfect for refining cheese.

Langer's art is to wash and refine raw milk cheese with salt water or alcohol, for which she uses, for example, apple or pear schnapps. The cheese matures for weeks, sometimes even years, in the sandstone cellar. "Nowadays, there is almost no cheese that is really mature," says the affineur, or in German: the specialist in cheese refinement. "People say that the cheese tastes very different to me."

Ulrike Langer's unique store puts an end to it: regular customers sad – shelves already empty

The customers of Feinkost Langer will miss this uniqueness. "They're all very sad," says Langer. "But everything in life is finite. And they grant me that." The 69-year-old has always had a close and intimate relationship with her regular customers. "The customers were a good fit for the store, and they appreciated the homely and old," she says. "They often poured out their hearts to me, too."

The cheese and delicatessen in the heart of Mörgeldorf is about 40 square meters in size. The walls are covered with wooden boards, in the sales room there is a three-meter-long counter in which there is cheese. "There are also sausages, hams from the area as well as from Italy and France, homemade pesto and herring," Langer lists. It also offers pâtés, antipasti and canapés.


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The most beautiful thing about her shop is "the beautiful old corner," says Langer. There is a small shelf on which boards and drawers are attached all around. Chocolate and "Plätzle" are served on top. On the shelves on the wood-paneled wall are vinegar, oil, schnapps and French delicacies, among other things. "But they're all empty."

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Soon the end of the Langer delicatessen in Mögeldorf – the owner's reasons and what happens next

In the meantime, Langer only buys in small quantities as needed. She no longer places orders to France or Italy. For two years now, the 69-year-old has been announcing to her customers that it will soon be time to stop. On June 30, it will finally come to an end. Her reason: "The day after the closure, I will be 70 years old." At that age, Langer may no longer work. "I thought to myself: That's enough."

There is no successor for the delicatessen. That would cost too much money. "Everything would have to be prepared for food and a lot of remodeling." Langer returns the cellar because it belongs to the city. And in the shop where the cheese counter is currently still standing, an electrician will then have his office and warehouse.

Ulrike Langer wants to do a lot with her free time. She plans to buy the 49-euro ticket and travel to cities like Berlin or Leipzig. "I haven't seen much so far," she says. "I'm now doing everything I couldn't do before."

There is another delicatessen in Nuremberg, which has to close on July 1st. After around 15 years, the delicatessen DelikatEssen in Nuremberg's city centre has come to an end. According to travel guides, the shop is one of the "places of happiness in Nuremberg".

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Source: merkur

All news articles on 2023-06-01

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