Germany for Foodies

Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Hamburg

If one wants to understand how vast Germany’s geography is, one should plan to make a visit to at least Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Hamburg. This way you cover

–          eastern Germany, which was behind the iron curtain for 40 years

–          southern Germany, which implies the postcard picture of Germany: Alps, beer and Trachten

–          western Germany with river valleys and vineyards

–          northern Germany with the coastline and the harbor towns

culinary map germany, berlin Brandenburger Tor

Every region could be a country in itself – has its own dialect, tradition, food, climate and landscape – united it´s modern Germany with a history spanning more than 2000 years. I don`t list the provinces, population numbers etc. at this point – I think it`s more important to experience the culture by getting into contact with locals, to eat where they eat and to get an idea what daily life is

Travel in Germany

To ease your trip, you should pay attention to some facts:

  • shops all kinds are closed on Sundays! Only bakeries and the small shops at the gas station are open
  • look for a Kiosk in bigger towns, you get cool drinks, newspapers, cigarettes, snacks even at night or on Sundays
  • every town has its train station, tickets are way cheaper when purchased in advance
  • every airport and the big train stations offer rental cars
  • most people understand English and are happy to help or just chat
  • don`t think German highway is speed highway – there are many speed limits and tickets are expensive

Usefull facts around Food in Germany

When I travel, I like to skip fancy restaurants and grab a bite from a street vendor for a tasty, cheap, and truly local snack. While Germany might not have the most exotic street food, you’ll find some great treats at a German “Imbiss” (fast food stand), from spicy curry wurst, to doner kebab (invented by turkish immigrants) and local specialties like Maultaschen in Schwaben, Weisswurst in  Bavaria or Crabmeat sandwiches in northern Germany.

  • Germany is divided in wine areas and beer areas and in general it’s a good idea to adjust
  • Germany has bakeries at every corner, great places for breakfast or  a coffee break
  • Every town/village has a butcher shop, often you get a daily changing lunch for take away, fresh cooked and great value
  • Every bigger town has its daily farmers market, where you also find food stalls (predecessor of the popular food trucks) for a good lunch, or you get samples of local cheese, sausage and bread from the market and have a picnic.
  • Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) is an established word in Germany, describing the coffee break between lunch and dinner
  • as a rule of thumb you can assume the most traditional and best restaurant in small towns close to the church – going for lunch after church is and was obligatory
  • you don’t have to tip, but if you liked it, you are welcome to tip round about 10 %