Food and Drink
Germany is a country full of culinary delights. From sophisticated confections and delicate baked goods, to the textured flavours of its many meat and vegetable dishes, German cuisine treats the palate to a broad spectrum of tastes. Contrary to wide-spread stereotypes, German food is not only rich and heavy. German chefs have adapted their cooking styles to a lighter cuisine, while still incorporating traditional foods. Traditional delicacies like Eisbein, Saumagen and Sauerkraut are still around, but its cuisine is not limited to this.
Berlin boasts some thousands of imbissbuden (snack shops) selling quick food fixes from all corners of the globe. The döner kebab is by far the most popular, but the currywurst is a cult classic.
For Berliners, the currywurst, or curried sausage, with its spicy ketchup sauce is more than just a fast-food snack: it is a means of survival, a tradition and a regional speciality. It comes in a number of variants: served with a bread roll or with chips (and perhaps a dollop of mayonnaise) or – for the absolute purists – on its own; the sausage with or without skin, served whole or cut into ready-to-eat chunks. The currywurst was invented in post-war Berlin, with Hamburg and Ruhr District cities desperately vying for recognition as the place where it all began.
The dumpling is a worldwide food trend that has existed for centuries. In Germany, the dumpling often finds a new shape, filling, or function in each particular region. There's one thing that all dumpling lovers agree upon: sauce—and lots of it—is a must-have accompaniment!
German bakers say their craft represents the country's cultural heritage. Alongside bacteria and beer, bread is up for UNESCO cultural protection. But the path to recognition is a long one.
Ask any G...
German bread vies for UNESCO recognition
Germany has 300 different kinds of bread
Every German who has visited friends or family around the Mediterranean, in the Middle East or in America knows what they will say when asked what they would l...
German bread and delights
The beer garden (in German: Biergarten), a special type of garden restaurant, was originally
invented in Bavaria in the 19th century. The first beer gardens were merely a side effect of the brewing facilities.
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This is also true of drinking habits in the various parts of Germany: in general, but especially in north Germany, the light Pilsener with little hops is favoured. Even in Dortmund it has displaced the classic export beer. An amber coloured Alt (a top-fermented dark beer) is popular in Düsseldorf and in the Lower Rhine valleys.