5 Iconic German Foods

Five foods you can't leave Germany without tasting.

Black Forest cake

Few can resist a huge slice of delicious schwarzwalder kirschtorte – Black Forest cherry cake when visiting Germany.

The cake is not named after the Black Forest mountain range in south western Germany but instead the specialty liqueur of that region, kirschwasser, distilled from tart cherries.

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Originating in Austria in the 1800s and now found all over the world in various forms, in Germany, schnitzel is usually made of pork (Schweine) or veal (Wiener) and served with French fries, potato salad or parsley potatoes.

The quintessential German dish, practically everyone loves a good schnitzel.



Traditionally made from white flour, malt, salt, yeast and water, it’s believed pretzels originated within monasteries in the Middle Ages.

The twisted knot in a traditional version is said to symbolise the monk’s arms folded in prayer. In Germany the shaped pretzel is dunked in sodium hydroxide to give it its unique colour and flavour.


Apple strudel

A Bavarian specialty, apple strudel is made from flaky pastry, chopped apples, raisins and cinnamon.

The German translation of the word strudel means 'whirlpool', referring to the technique of how a strudel is rolled. A classic dessert in Germany it is best served warm, fresh from the oven with ice cream or whipped cream.



A type of German sausage made from veal, pork or beef, there is said to be over 50 different varieties of Bratwurst made in Germany.

Dating back to the 1300s, now a popular form of fast food, Bratwurst is often cooked and accompanied by sauerkraut and sold by street vendors in white bread rolls on the side of the street.


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