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As one of Europe’s largest countries, Germany is the definition of a diverse destination. The country is a dichotomy of bustling cities and quaint towns, rowdy festivals and peaceful woodlands, hearty food and… Well, more hearty food. There is so much to see, do and eat in Germany, so if you are planning a visit, allow plenty of time!

Fussen- View of Neuschwanstein Castle

Quick Facts about Germany

  • Capital City: Berlin
  • Language: German
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Climate: Temperate
  • Best Time to Visit: May to September

Fun fact: It is no surprise that Germany is famous for its sausages and its beers. There are over 1000 variations of sausages throughout the country and beer is considered a food in Bavaria!

Overview of German Cuisine

  • Culinary influences: Austria, Poland, Czechia, Switzerland
  • Common ingredients:  Meat, bread, potatoes, cabbage, mustard
  • National dish of Germany: Sauerbraten (German pot roast)

Top German Dishes to Try

  • Schupfnudeln – also known as schopperla or buwespitzle depending on the region, these long potato dumplings can either be served savoury or sweet and served as a side dish to a main meal.
  • Currywurst – A very popular fast food dish consisting of steamed, fried sausage cut into bite-sized pieces and topped with curry ketchup. Although it is normally made with pork, you can find some vegan currywurst options around!
  • Kartoffelpuffer – similar to a rösti, this shallow-fried pancake is made of grated potatoes, egg, and flour. Sometimes eaten for breakfast as a savoury dish or with applesauce as a sweet dish, or as a side for lunch or dinner.
  • Brezel/Pretzel – the iconic knot of dough is served with a chewy brown salted exterior and a soft, fluffy interior.
  • Dresdner Handbrot – a cheesy pull-apart bread stuffed with mushrooms, sour cream and spring onions.


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