5 Best German Foods

Traditional German cuisine had been created during centuries and is representing German lifestyle, history and culture. And yes, it is absolutely delicious! However, each region of the country may have its own variations of preparing one or another dish, but the most important thing is that it doesn't change the fact that it is always tasty, and even pictures of this food are making your mouth water. Moreover, Germany is famous for its excellent haute cuisine. According to the Michelin Guide, Germany is the country with the second most restaurants in the world with one or more stars! But in this article we will talk not about haute cuisine and fine dining, but about traditional and confort food that most of German families are eating, and the ones that you MUST taste coming to this country! Read our list of 5 best German foods!

1. Wurst

Germany is famous for its delicious sausages, which are translated to German as "wurst". For example, just look at this sausage on the picture - currywurst. It consists of steamed, then fried pork sausage (German: Bratwurst) whole or less often cut into slices and seasoned with curry ketchup, a sauce based on spiced ketchup or tomato paste, itself topped with curry powder, or a ready-made ketchup seasoned with curry and other spices. The dish is often served with French fries. Germans love it so much that even built a Currywurst Museum in Berlin (and this is not a joke). Museum is optional, but tasting currywurst is a "must" experience! The same like any other kind of them!

2. Schweinebraten

It may be hard to pronounce the name of this dish, but for sure you will not have any problems with eating it! Because this is one of the best foods you can taste in Germany! Schwein means "pig", so a Schweinebraten is a "pork roast". It is usually served with some kind of sauce, and garnish - potatoes, vegetables (especially cabbage), salad, as well as with traditional knödel - a sort of German dumplings.

3. Steckerlfisch

In the Bavarian dialect, "steckerl" means "small stick" or "pole". So steckerlfisch is a fish grilled on a stick in the traditional way of a fisherman or camper. This is a very popular dish for festivals and home barbecue parties, it is often served in beer gardens and is also a popular street food of Germany. In fact, it became popular thanks to the annual Munich Oktoberfest, and have got famous not only among locals, but also among the tourists and visitors from all over the world!

4. Käsespätzle

German cuisine is actually based on meet, but of course it has something special for vegetarians as well! For example, Käsespätzle (yes, another name that is hard to pronounce). Spätzle are a kind of soft egg noodle or dumpling. Käsespätzle are the noodles that are topped with cheese and roasted onions. Traditionally, it has to be served hot straight from the pan. This is one of the most popular dishes in the country. According to statistics, every year Germans are eating up to 40,000 tons of Spätzle! Quite impressive, huh?

5. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte

If after everything you are still not 100% sure about German cuisine, wait for dessert and taste... Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte! Its name is translated as "Black Forest" and believe us, such a combination of cherries, chocolate, biscuits and whipped cream will melt your heart!


So as you see, you will not leave Germany hungry, this is guaranteed! Enjoy its food, discover through it the local culture, and share with us your impressions! Guten Appetit!


Kate Makogon
Traveler and adventure seeker. Expert in travelling in Europe. Foodie and art lover. Can't stop wondering the beauty of this world.