February 17, 2018

German Food Traditional & Tasty!

Food. While it might not be the reason I choose to visit a city it definitely is something I look forward to enjoying while traveling.

When I travel I look forward to sampling specialties of the area including both food and drink! I am so focused on finding traditional foods that I found myself surprised at all the non-German restaurants I ran into during my recent trip. I remember thinking to myself, “Why would anyone want to eat Italian while in Germany?” “Duh” Debbie, the people who live there might just want a variety of cuisine just like you do at home 🙂

So even though there were many different types of foods available, I was looking for traditional German fare Fortunately I was able to find and enjoy many fantastic meals that fit this bill!

Although my foray into the cuisine in Freiburg started off simply with soup and beer, I continued searching for culinary traditions that Freiburg is known for. You really can’t start off better than at Oberkirchs Weinstuben. Sitting in this cozy historic restaurant sipping a wonderful glass of local wine while feasting on veal and spatzle (yah!) made me feel glad to be in Germany!

Oberkirchs Weinstuben and Wine Freiburg Germany

Oberkirchs Weinstuben and Wine Freiburg Germany

Since Freiburg is the center of a German wine region, I started my last evening with a little wine tasting at Alte Wache – Haus der Badischen Weine. The wine shop is located in an historic building that was once a guard house during Austrian rule. The shop offers a huge selection of regional wines and is a fabulous place to learn about local wines, enjoy a glass or even take a bottle or two with you! After enjoying wine I was off in search of Flammkuchen, one of Freiburg’s specialties! Continuing along the Domplatz I noticed a restaurant advertising Flammkuchen so into the Goldene Engel I went to nosh on salad, Flammkuchen and more wine 🙂 I really liked the old-fashioned décor even though it was overtaken by cherubs or as my friend calls them “winged babies”. The Goldene Engel is small, warm, traditional and full of people, which is usually a good sign! Oh, the Flammkuchen was excellent too.

Flammkuchen at Goldene Engel Freiburg Germany

Flammkuchen at Goldene Engel Freiburg Germany

Mainz is the wine capital of the Rhine Valley and wine is everywhere! There are wine booths dotting the Old Town and it was at one of these that I tasted a new and unusual drink, Federweisser which is a young wine made from just picked grapes that are slightly fermented. This slightly sweet juice only lasts a day, so you have to enjoy it while you can and it is wonderful. My guide treated me to my first ever Federweisser and I liked it so much that I stopped to have another later that afternoon before meeting up again for dinner!

Federweisser Booth Mainz Germany

Federweisser Booth Mainz Germany

Now its time for dinner in Mainz which ended up being one of my favorite of the entire trip. Weinstube Hottum is one of the oldest taverns in Mainz dating back to 1791. This cozy, traditional and family owned restaurant was charming and full of convivial people! The menu is handed to you on a small chalkboard and is full of wonderful options. The restaurant only has about 8-10 tables which helps create a very social atmosphere. The food was excellent but I think I enjoyed the quaint atmosphere and friendly people most! If you’re in Mainz, be sure to check out Weinstube Hottum.

Weinstube Hottum and Federweisser Mainz Germany

Weinstube Hottum and Federweisser Mainz Germany

Lovely Erfurt is full of dining options that fit my perfect type of restaurant including Zum Güldenen Rade and Zum Goldenen Schwan. Add in weather that was so nice I was able to eat outside and you’ve got a winning combination! The beer was good, pork exceptional as was the Beef Roulade, a traditional cuisine of Erfurt, but there were two things I couldn’t get enough of – potato dumplings and red cabbage. I had so many that I was lucky I didn’t come home looking like a dumpling 🙂 These Thüringen specialties are something you definitely need to enjoy when you visit Erfurt!

Roulade, Red Cabbage & Dumplings by JaBB, on Flickr

Roulade, Red Cabbage & Dumplings by JaBB, on Flickr

What local specialties do you enjoy?


Many thanks to Historic Highlights of Germany for organizing this trip and to the wonderful people at the Erfurt Tourist Office, Mainz Tourist Bureau and Freiburg Tourist Bureau!  For more information please contact either organization or visit their websites.  Even though most of my meals were paid for by these organizations, all opinions are my own.

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  1. Debbie, you are making me ready to explore Germany. I’d love to try this!
    The German Society celebrated Oktoberfest here a few weekends ago. Unfortunately, I had something else planned but I’ve put it on my calendar for next year.
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  2. Yum! Should not have read this at breakfast:)
    D.J. – The World of Deej recently posted..Alchemy – A Speakeasy in…Tallahassee

  3. Andrea says:

    We loved the food in Freiburg too – especially Flammkuchen and the local beer! =)
    Andrea recently posted..Romantic Russian and French Fusion at Tchaikovsky Restaurant In Tallinn

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Flammkuchen was really good! I was happy to have wine for this part of the trip. Beer came later 🙂

  4. Oh, you’ve got me yearning for Germany and German food. Food is one of my favorite travel pleasures. It’s funny about eating non-German food in Germany. I’ve had my share of pizzas there!
    Cathy Sweeney recently posted..Art and the Wild West

  5. Laurel says:

    Glad you enjoyed the food. I’m a big fan of Käsespaetzle, but most of the German food I eat I have to cook myself, due to a gluten allergy. Germans definitely like to use bread and flour in their cooking.
    Laurel recently posted..Offbeat Museums in Munich

  6. I admit that I’m not a big fan of German food other than pretzels 🙂 But, you’ve made all the food here look so delicious. Maybe I just need to actually eat it in Germany to have the perfect ambience and I’ll enjoy it. I love all the wining and dining you did on this trip. I am a sweet wine fanatic so I would probably really like Federweisser.
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  7. All this food looks delicious! I’d love some authentic German food (especially on a trip to Germany!)
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  8. I have to admit I was not impressed by the food in Germany. But the beer and the pretzels are wonderful 🙂
    Stephanie – The Travel Chica recently posted..Portland is Brewvana

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I agree the beer and pretzels are wonderful but I really do like German food! Its almost like comfort food for me 🙂

  9. Jeff Titelius says:

    My mouth is watering for ll of the delicious food and wine you described in your account my friend! Your photos are sublime! I love spaetzel too…my grandfather used to make all the time at our house growing up! What wonder memories your evoked my friend! Thank you for allowing me to linpve and eat vicariously!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Spaetzle is amazing! I look forward to it every time I go to Germany and am disappointed when restaurants serve pasta instead 🙂

  10. Leigh says:

    You’re making me hungry reading this post. You seem to have enjoyed a lot of wine on this trip – and that’s what I’d be doing too. I’d love to try the Fereweisser.
    As for food – anything with spaetzle works for me. I even make it at home occasionally.
    Leigh recently posted..A Hike to The Royal Arch in Boulder, Colorado

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      The wine was exceptionally good and the Federweisser was a new and wonderful find for me! I do recommend you try it.

  11. Marlys says:

    YUMMO! Love this dish, especially with Bratkartoffeln and Rotkohl. Miss this.
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