Culinary Germany: an inexhaustible amount of gastronomic highlights

A culinary journey through Germany it means an endless series of gastronomic delights: from michelin star restaurants to delicious regional specialities with a modern twist, and refined white wines, to original aspergegerechten.

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Who is now a culinary voyage through Germany, a nearly inexhaustible amount of gourmet delights to wait. Germany has about three hundred stars and gourmet restaurants. In addition, you will find anywhere typical German restaurants that serve traditional dishes in a creative way original culinary creations. Also, don’t forget the foreign restaurants that has been around since the sixties everywhere in Germany find from Spanish tapas to Peruvian restaurants.

Add to this the ‘sinking’ atmosphere and the heartfelt hospitality and you will understand why culinary Germany’s high-eyes throws.

Addresses for gourmets in Germany

For gourmets who are not so easily satisfied, Germany is an attractive tourist destination. Three hundred restaurants have a Michelin star, including a whopping eleven, with three stars, the highest rating from the Guide Michelin awards. Only France has more top restaurants.

In the last few years, more and more young chefs with a passion for the art of cooking that their influence. Their concepts range of impressive new interpretations of simple regional classics to innovative creations with an international cachet.

Germany scores high when it comes to the diversity of the restaurants, but also in terms of the spread. In all parts of the country are excellent restaurants: in cities, smaller towns and in the countryside.

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It is the favorite destination of many gourmets in the middle of the Black Forest. In the municipality of Baiersbronn are no less than two restaurants with three Michelin stars (Schwarzwaldstube and Bareiss) and a restaurant with two stars (Schlossberg). A culinary journey worth are also, among others, also Wolfsburg in lower Saxony with the Aqua restaurant, Bergisch Gladbach in North rhine-Westphalia with the gourmet restaurant Vendôme, and Rottach-Egern in Bavaria with the restaurant Überfahrt.

Delicacies from grandmother’s time

A party or market is not complete without beer and bratwurst, speaks of course for itself. But the traditional German cuisine is so much more than that. On a culinary journey of discovery, you will be surprised at what Germany in the area of food and drink has to offer.

Everywhere in the world, we seek ways of becoming more sustainable to eat and it is no coincidence that regional specialties, ancient cooking traditions and traditional craft techniques as in advance. Regional dishes are prepared with seasonal ingredients that are locally produced. In combination with a traditional way of processing this for the freshness, quality and savings of natural resources.

Initiatives such as Greentable, BIOSpitzenköche, Slow Food, Euro-Toques and DEHOGA-Umweltcheck support traditional producers, culinary traditions, and the responsible handling of food products – preferably seasonal and local produce.

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The unique cultural landscapes of the German regions are closely associated with the culinary specialities. Think of the vine-planted slopes above the romantic river valleys of the Moselle and the Rhine, the species-rich meadow landscapes of Schleswig-Holstein which is excellent meat, and the most varied types of cheese produce and the meadows with fruit trees on the hills of the German low mountain ranges.

Taste the world in Duisland

In France and Italy, remained until not so long ago, the attention is restricted to their own national cuisine. The Germans, by contrast, ventured early into unknown culinary terrain.

When at the end of the sixties, the labour migration to Germany was initiated, were in the German cities of the first Italian restaurants and Balkangrills opened and later also Turkish snack bars, Greek taverns and tapas bars.

Meanwhile, you can in cities such as Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt also to enjoy the cuisine of exotic destinations as the Seychelles, Hawaii, Peru, or Malaysia. The love for foreign cuisine has everything to do with the passion of the Germans for travel and their curiosity about other countries and cultures.

Noble wine of good soil

Where German wine grows, thrives, something special. On the very varied soils of the thirteen wine regions feel the choice of varieties is at home, ranging from sparkling riesling to a fruity spätburgunder (pinot noir).

To the vine-growers belong since a few years also a large number of extremely creative young people to the wineries and vineyards on a culinary journey definitely worth a visit. The climate is perfect for the typical German, light, fruity wines, full of grace, charm, and character.

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The German tourist authority wants to gourmets keen on an active way to get acquainted with the fine German wines. Walkers and cyclists can, for example, trips where they visit modern vinotheken and authentic ‘Straußwirtschaften’ combined with the cultural highlights and beautiful scenery of picturesque valleys, rolling landscapes and steep slopes vineyards.

Hikers can choose from a large number of wijnwandelingen: from short excursions to multi-day trips. A good example is the seven-kilometre-long ‘Erlebnispfad Wein und Stein” in Heppenheim where on seventy points boards with images and a wealth of information about wine.

Trained hikers can the fifteen-kilometer-long Römersteig along the Moselle to try. The effort is rewarded with a glimpse into the more than tweeduizendjarige history of the vine and with a spectacular view of the meandering Moselle.

For the long wandelwerk you need to be in the region of Saale-Unstrut. Both hikers as well as cyclists may make use of an impressive network of routes with a total length of nearly 700 kilometres.

A real challenge – both by its length as by its difficulty – is the 320 km long Rheinsteig, who by the wine-growing areas Rheingau and Middle Rhine from Wiesbaden to Bonn.

What the wijnwandelen attractive, is the possibility of tours under the guidance of a tour guide, overnight stays at wineries and packages with transport of luggage to books.

Wine and asparagus: a delicious combination

Two thousand years ago the Romans not only wine, but also the asparagus to Germany. In many wine regions of Germany, such as in Rhine-hesse, Baden, the Palatinate and Saxony, to grow vines and asparagus next to each other.

The fine white wines of Germany close in a particularly harmonious way with the smooth taste of white asparagus.

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Ideal escorts of asparagus are varieties with mild acidity, such as Silvaner, Weissburgunder (pinot blanc), Grauburgunder (pinot gris) or Müllerthurgau. They are also well able to cope with the bitter taste nuances, which is white asparagus also entail.

White asparagus in Germany is a seasonal specialty. They are each up to Johannistag on June 24 (the nativity of John the Baptist) is available. They fit perfectly with a light, healthy kitchen, because with only twenty calories per 100 grams, they are very low calorie and rich in minerals, trace elements and vitamins.

Foodfestivals conquer Germany

Streetfoodfestivals be in Germany becoming more and more popular. Often, during such a festival, the cuisine of a particular part of the world is central. During the African Food Festival, a few times a year in Berlin will be held, visitors can enjoy African food and drink, music and art.

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But the most important culinary festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Gourmet Festival, which has already more than thirty years of international chefs that have been awarded Michelin stars, between september and march, to the north of Germany.

Another classic from world-class is the Rheingau Gourmet & Wein Festival. In the spring meet international sterrenkoks each other here more than twenty years. Because this festival in the heart of the wine region takes place, you can taste the best wines from the various states.

At trade fairs such as the foodfestival Eat & Style, that the visitors are in Düsseldorf, Munich, Hamburg and Stuttgart invites you to cook and bake, are the most diverse trends to be found and ambitious hobby cooks plenty of inspiration. During workshops and culinary theme worlds will give chefs the visitors tips and they will tell you their tricks.

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