German Food Delights | A Guide to Tasty Eats - 7 Favorites

1. Brezeln (Pretzels)

Germans make Brezeln with flour, malt, salt, yeast, and water. After being twisted, boiled, and baked, this simple delight becomes a global icon.

2. Currywurst

From morning to dawn, Berlin kiosks, stands, and stalls sell the renowned snack food. Currywurst isn't just popular in Berlin. Every German city and hamlet we've visited has served the humble dish. This is our German guilty pleasure.

3. Kartoffelpuffer (Potato Pancakes)

Kartoffelpuffer demonstrate that potato products vary. Some are superior, like this popular German market snack.

4. Krapfen (Berliner Donuts)

We get the confusion when JFK famously said “Ich bin ein Berliner,” but he wasn't claiming to be a donut. Outside Germany, Krapfen are Berliner Donuts.

5. Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut, a tart fermented cabbage dish, is so connected with Germany that it's easy to forget it's consumed throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Alsatian cities like Strasbourg serve Choucroute Garnie with sauerkraut.

6. Spätzle (Spaetzle)

Spätzle, little noodles prepared with eggs, wheat, salt, and water, were handcrafted in Southwest Germany three centuries ago. (The term originates from spatz, southwest German meaning sparrow.) 

7. Kartoffelsalat (Potato Salad)

Germans prefer potato salad more than their European counterparts in France, Italy, Scandinavia, and Russia. While Kartoffelsalat is popular in Bavaria, heated Potato Salad without mayonnaise is served with Schnitzel and Currywurst across Germany.