The best of the wurst : Germany’s top eats

By Contiki Holidays

People travel to Germany for all kinds of reasons. Some go to experience the world famous Oktoberfest in Munich, some go for a taste of Berlin’s nightlife and some simply want to eat a bloody Bratwurst. If you don’t have a clue what German food is, we’ve got you covered as we unravel Germany’s top eats. Take your pick..


A.K.A SAUSAGE. The Bratwurst is what pasta is to Italians. VERY IMPORTANT. One simply does not leave Germany without indulging in a grilled pork sausage of some kind. With over 1500 types of wurst available, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Be sure to try one in every region you pass, as they all vary in flavour and taste.

Where to go?

Curry 36, Berlin.


The Currywurst story is a legendary tale of a local by the name of Herta Heuwer who threw a mix of sauces together including ketchup, Worcester sauce and curry powder back in ’49. The result? THE CURRYWURST. It’s simply an explosion of flavours a.k.a sausages with curry sauce and Berlin’s most iconic dish. Currywurst is in fact so important that they decided to eternally immortalise it for the sake of humanity (and history) by creating the currywurst museum!

Where to go?

Curry & Chilli, Berlin.

Pork Knuckle A.K.A Eisbein

Pork knuckle really does taste better in Germany. This german delicacy is also known as Schweinshaxe in some parts and it is usually grilled. Basically it’s a marinated or pre-boiled pork knuckle traditionally served with Sauerkraut and mashed or boiled potatoes grilled, roasted, or boiled. In Berlin though, the dish also includes a pea-puree!

Our tip? Wash it all down with a Bavarian brew.

Where to go?

Hofbrauhaus, Munich.

Wiener Schnitzel

This is a traditional dish that has made waves across the world. A wiener schnitzel (for those of you who aren’t aware) is a thin, boneless cut of veal dipped in flour, egg, and bread crumbs, then fried in butter or oil until a golden brown.

There are various ways to order a schnitzel in Germany. We recommend a Hamburg-style schnitzel which is served with a fried egg on top. Deliciousss!

Where to go?

Scheers Schnitzel in Berlin.

Beer A.K.A Bier

Holy mother of beer, German’s certainly know how to drink beer. Did you know that Germany is ranked third in the world as the largest beer consumers per-capita! It’s easy to see how, with approximately 1300 breweries in Germany alone producing over 5000 brands of beer!

Which bier to try:

Pils: golden in colour and super refreshing. Perhaps the most popular bier in Germany.
Dunkel: dark larger which comes in two forms: sweetish and dry.
Schwarzbier: black beer with full roast, chocolatey flavour.

Where to go?

Definitely hit up Oktoberfest at least once in your life or head to Bavaria to visit some of the oldest and finest local breweries in the world. And while you’re there visit the Bavarian beer garden that runs from May – October, just in time for summer.


Mmmmm pretzel. This will be a standard on your trip to Germany and won’t be hard to find with many bakeries offering an assortment of pretzels from North to South. It’s quite simple really….the pretzels are cut and spread with butter. In Bavaria, locals even eat pretzels with white sausage and sometimes wash it down with a white beer!

The standard pretzel price won’t break the budget estimated at roughly €0,50, and the larger Zopfbreze will go for €1,50. One bite and you’ll be wanting more.

Where to go?

Head to the beer garden Chinesischer Turm that’s located in the English Garden (Englischer Garten), Munich’s largest park!

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This post originally appeared on Contiki’s Six-Two.

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