Whether travelers are exploring the castles of Bavaria or sightseeing around the capital of Berlin, they will be met with an almost unending array of culinary delights to try out. While visitors should try as much as they can during their travels, these five German dishes should definitely not be missed.
1. Best Street Food: Currywurst
One of the most popular fast-food items in Germany is the currywurst. It starts with a simple sausage that has been boiled or grilled, but the spicy topping is made with a combination of curry powder and ketchup. It is often served with fries, and it is a tasty treat to enjoy on the go.
2. Best Hearty Meal: Schweinshaxe
For those who want to sit down and dig into a hearty meal, nothing can beat the Schweinshaxe, or pig knuckle. This giant portion of meat has a crispy outer layer of pork skin, but the inside is tender and falls off the bone. On the side is typically a large and filling potato dumpling to round out the meal.
3. Best Late-Night Snack: Doner
After a night of partying, there are often lines outside of small late-night cafes, and it is here that doners are served. This is technically a Turkish meal, but it has become a ubiquitous German food. Thin slices of meat go inside a fluffy roll, and toppings include onions, lettuce, tomato and various sauces.
4. Best Iconic Food: Brezel
Nothing quite says Germany like a pretzel, or brezel. These delicious snacks are found at just about every bakery or grocery store in Germany, and they are typically very affordable. The salty, doughy delight can be eaten for breakfast with some butter, or they can be grabbed as a quick snack and dipped into a sweet mustard.
5. Best Dessert: Rote Grutze
Germany is known for its desserts, but none is quite as wonderful as Rote Grutze. Served primarily in Northern Germany, this dish is a thick pudding made with cherries, currants, strawberries, raspberries or a combination of them all. The berry pudding is generally served with a serving of warm vanilla sauce or fresh cold cream.