Feasting in Germany

A quick way to understand and get to know a culture of any country is to hit its culinary junctions. If you're planning a trip to Germany, here is a food guide for you.

travel Updated: Jul 27, 2011 12:02 IST

A quick way to understand and get to know a culture of any country is to hit its culinary junctions. Because the food is one thing that brings people together from all walks of life and is a great way to connect with strangers and turn them into friends. 

So if you ever plan a trip to Germany here is a food guide that will journey you through the world's heartiest cuisines. So whether it's fine dining at an expensive restaurant or eating at a street corner it will all be tasty as hell.

An icon in itself, Currywurst is a German specialty and even has a song dedicated to it too. If that was not all, there is even a museum dedicated to this yummy snack that came into existence around the end of 1940s in Berlin.

Currywurst is a wurst, or a sausage, sliced up and slathered with ketchup flavoured with curry powder, which comes in varying degrees of heat and can be found at fast-food stands ( imbiss ) across Berlin and also in other major German cities. There are many who would sit and debate about where one find can the best currywurst in town. The oldest Currywurst stand in Berlin is Konnopke's in Prezlauerberg , under the U-Eberwalder Strasse station.

Fine-dining in Germany
While you would not find a whole lot of expensively decorated restaurants, what you will find is a number of German chefs and restaurants that are really just the best in the world. So while you are looking for some sumptuous love affair with food, head for the Michelin Schwartzwaldstube , at Traube Tonbach in Baiersbronn to see the chef make excellent use of local ingredients with classical French techniques.

For creativity and enthusiasm, Zum Alde Gott, in Neuweier is worth the trip to Germany alone. Chef Wilfried Serr explores the Black Forest during the day, and incorporates what he finds into his inventive menu. For instance, blood root, a local herb, is distilled into schnapps and made into sorbet as a palate cleanser.

Market Hall
A Market hall is like a local farm market, which is all over Germany and is filled with stands manned by farmers, cheese mongers, candy makers' specialty food purveyors and more.

Not visiting a market hall in Germany is like going to Agra and not seeing the Taj Mahal. And one the most beautiful Market Hall is in Stuttgart, Germany. Destroyed during World War II, has been painstakingly restored. Here you will find a good combination of both German and international products along with some restaurants.

Germany's wine
Spend a day in the southern part of Germany, especially near Rhine River, which centres Germany's wine production. Germany wine is white and is known for its Riesling, which can be both sweet and dry.

Rhienhessen which is 45 minutes away from Franfurt houses the largest and the most diverse wine making area and is the most picturesque whether pitched steeply along the Rhine or nestled in the Black Forest in the Baden-Wurttenberg region.

Explore Berlin's Hidden Secrets

Not everything is going to revel itself in the city of Berlin- much of life is lived in courtyards accessed through almost hidden alleyways.

Eat sitting at an art gallery, or get yourself some delicious food as you wander in an alleyway. These aren't places that you will find on a map. You need an insider to take you to these lovely secrets.

Grab a Kebab
Brought to Germany by Turkish immigrants, it quickly became a staple. Doner kebab as it is famously known is found in fast food stands around the country -- slices of lamb meat, wrapped in bread, served with salad and sauce, the ultimate late-night snack.

Hasir, in Berlin is a fantastic Turkish sit-out place to sit and have a doner. But another reason for which you should visit that place is because; it is believed that the owner of Hasir invented the Doner Kebab.

Go on a beer fest
Well, it's a fact that you cannot get more German than beer. According to German rules which date back to 1641, and specify that German beer can only be made of four things, water, malt, hops and yeast. While these are the rules, beer in various German cities will have a bit of their own specialties, so the Beer from the southern region tends to be a bit malty, while northern beers lean towards being hoppy. But the only way to know this is by having a beer in each of the German cities.

German Pastries and Desserts
Leave your calorie counting habit behind for this one because this is not something to miss, German desserts. Choose from the many pies made of local produce or Black Forest cake made using chocolate, cherries and kirsch or cherry liqueur or the heavenly tasting coffee cake, or a Berliner or a jelly donut, or simply some good old chocolate ice cream, Germany is the place to be.

Wash it all down with some sweet ice wine; after all, you're in the country that invented it. And then wrap the whole thing up with a bit of schnapps. As you'll hear from many a German, it's good for the digestion.

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First Published: Jul 27, 2011 12:02 IST