Germany offers a lot of culinary variety.
From the Turkish-influenced city of Berlin to Frankfurt, the homeland of the hot dog, and on down to the pretzel capital of Munich, Germany has something to satisfy every stomach (except one on a diet).
Berlin’s Döner Kebab
The recent history of World War ll, Hitler and the Berlin Wall all influence what Berlin is today. But really, there is a lot more to this modern, international city.
Berlin is becoming a city of immigrants. In Berlin’s 3.5 million residents, 250,000 of them are Turkish, making it the largest Turkish community outside of Turkey.
Nothing proves their influence more than the döner kebab. A tasty mix of lettuce, vegetable and sauces, this sandwich is filled with spit-roasted meat or falafel and has become Germany’s top fast food dish.
It can be found anywhere and is common sight in Berlin.
Frankfurt’s Hot Dog
Frankfurt doesn’t have your typical school lunch hot dog.
These are real sausages. Juicy sausages. Delicious enough that I, alongside a dozen or more other hungry folks, enjoyed one in the rain.
Cut up and mixed with fries and sauce (with the bun on the side), a Frankfurter is the perfect street food, albeit a little messy (thus the fork).
Satisfying and easy to find, it’s a must-have while in Frankfurt! The Würstchenbude (sausage stand) at the Hauptwache Platz near Katharinenkirche is a popular one. Just ask someone. They’ll point you in the right direction.
A trip to Bavaria isn’t complete without a good pretzel.
Unlike pretzels you buy in a huge bag which are crunchy and usually dipped in something, a proper Bavarian pretzel, or brezel in German, is a massive twist of fluffy white bread topped with sea salt.
It’s sometimes cut in half and filled with butter or dipped in Obatzda, a Bavarian cheese spread (that just happens to be one third butter – no wonder it’s so good).
Nothing can beat a warm, fresh pretzel on a cold, rainy day. Pair it with a beer and you have yourself a nice Bavarian snack!
Hint: You can buy pretzels anywhere, but from a street vendor in a touristy area, it will cost a few euros (translation: too much).
By heading to a grocery store, you can buy one in the bakery (still warm, still fresh, not fancy) for about 40 euro cents. I suggest getting a pretzel at the grocery store and hitting up a park. Pair it with a beer if you’re in the mood. Here are my recommendations for beers in Germany.
No matter what part of Germany you are in, good street food can be found. Whether you’re looking for a whole meal, an afternoon snack or picnic food, Germany’s got it, so enjoy it!