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The 6 Most Popular German Dishes & Best Traditional Food

Updated: Jun 30, 2021

Welcome to our list of the 6 most famous German dishes! Germany has a unique cuisine. We have listed the 6 most famous dishes.

1. Schnitzel

We start our list with the most well-known German Foods! Schnitzel known all over the world and made from different things; beef, pork, chicken, mutton, veal, turkey. Schnitzel has its counterparts such as Tonkatsu in Japan, Cotoletta in Italy, and Kotlet schabowy in Poland. If we talk about Germany, it gets its name from the word Schnitz. Der Schnitz is a German verb and means to slice or cut.

German Foods schnitzel

2. Pretzel

Pretzel is one of the first things that come to mind when it comes to German cuisine. When you say 'Brezel' in German, you can find this dish with both names. It is usually flavored with salt, seeds, or cheese and served with mustard.

We do know Pretzel was depicted at a banquet of Queen Esther and King Ahasuerus of the 12th century Hortus deliciarum. But some stories call the bagel invented by Christian European priests. We definitely recommend eating a fresh Pretzel!

German cuisine pretzel

3. Bratwurst

Bratwurst is a type of German sausage and there are many varieties, close to 40, but the most popular variations are; Nürnberger Rostbratwurst, Thüringer Rostbratwurst Kulmbacher Bratwurst, Nordhessische Bratwurst, Fränkische Bratwurst. It is typically made from pork but can also be made from beef or veal.

Sausage recipes can be found as early as 228 AD, but there is documented evidence that Bratwurst was found in the city of Nuremberg in 1313.

You don't need a restaurant for this flavor, you can eat it with beer at many street saler!

German sausage bratwurst

4. Sauerbraten

There are many meat dishes in Germany, and one of Germany's most famous meat dishes is Sauerbraten, which means "sour or pickled roast" in German. This dish is one of the national dishes of the country. Most often it is made from veal, but also from venison, lamb, pork. But we recommend you beef. The great thing about Sauerbraten is that the raw meat is marinated for three to ten days by mixing it with vinegar or wine, water, herbs, spices, and seasonings.

Julius Caesar sent amphora fillets with beef marinated in wine across the Alps to the newly formed Roman Colony of Cologne and is said to have inspired Sauerbraten.

5. Rouladen

Rouladen or Rinderrouladen is a German meat dish usually consisting of bacon, onions, mustard, and pickles and wrapped in thinly sliced veal. We do not know where this dish came from, but in these regions, Rouladen was traditionally known as Rola Slaska in Upper Silesia and španělský ptáček in the Czech Republic.

Rouladen has a different style; It is a mixture of smoked and cooked veal belly, minced onion, and minced pickles, and in some variations, other things may be added. It is one of the unique dishes of Germany for meat lovers.

6. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte

It's actually a Black Forest cake made with chocolate sponge cake with a rich cherry filling. More traditionally speaking, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte! According to German law, if a cake labeled Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is sold somewhere, it must contain kirschwasser. Namely, a clear, colorless brandy obtained from the double distillation of cherries.

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte black forest cake