German cuisine has a lot to offer apart from pretzels, sausages, and beer. German classics are served in any good restaurant, café bar, colourful street food market or festival. The best dishes can be found in all the major cities, and wherever you find yourself there will be traditional food on offer, for example in the countryside a typical German culinary feast will include Osso Bucco (wild boar), braised rabbit, fillet of venison, and wild game sausages prepared using traditional rustic methods.
For a German food tour, Munich is arguably the ultimate location where local Bavarian food receives top billing. All around the city are dotted café bars with outdoor seating areas and garden areas, perfect for relaxing with friends and family.
The ever-popular Schnitzel is incredibly tasty and with so many varieties on offer, it is difficult to avoid. Schnitzel is veal or pork, pounded into a thin steak, coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried until golden brown. This immensely popular German plate of food comes in various forms, a firm favourite is served up with two fried eggs and a side of chips, to be eaten hot with the egg yolk coating the crispy breadcrumbs. Another wonderful version of Schnitzel is a thin layer of horseradish slathered over the meat before dipping into the breadcrumbs so that when it is cooked and cut with the knife you can see the beautifully thin steak cooked with the layer of horseradish, strong enough to give the meat a kick, but not so hot that it burns the nose. Traditionally this version of Schnitzel is served on the top of a potato salad with pickled cucumber, and a squeeze of lemon. Locals will load up with tomato ketchup and mayonnaise, and wash each mouthful down with a classic ice cold German pilsner beer. Prices vary and service is generally relaxed after all a good Schnitzel is prepared fresh and cannot be rushed.
The next ultimate German food to try on the tour has to be spicy bratwurst served on a bed of distinctive sour sauerkraut and a side of creamy mashed potato. The Germans know how to do comfort food!
For food connoisseurs, roasted Bavarian duck is a must. Traditionally in Germany duck is served on Christmas day, but it is an excellent meal for any occasion. Restaurants will cook this with a side of Rotkohl, (red cabbage) and Spatzle, (homemade noodles) or Knodel, (homemade dumplings) and is full of traditional German flavour.
Germans do amazing cakes, and for any discerning sweet tooth the list includes classics such as, Schnecken, which takes its name from the same word for snail due to the twisty style of this cinnamon roll lookalike, the Berliner or krapfen, soft donuts filled with jam and dusted with fine sugar and, ultimately, the Schwarzwälder kirschtorte, (or Black Forest Gateau) clearly one of the most extravagant cakes you will come across in Germany with layers of chocolate, topped with whipped cream and decorated with cherries.