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Regional Specialties

Each region in Germany has its own specialties and variations. The southern region of Germany share many specialties that reach over to Austria and Switzerland. In the southwest, cooking is greatly influenced by French cooking. Cooking in the eastern region has more of an Eastern European flavor. There are also foods that are shared by all regions, but prepared differently.
Southwestern Germany
Cooking in the outer, southwestern part of Germany is greatly influenced by French cooking. Riesling wines, Spätzle, Sauerkraut made with white wine, and Maultaschen are among the favorites made here.
Baden Cooking
Palatinate (Pfälzer) Cooking
Saarland Cooking
Swabian (Schwäbischer) Cooking
The German state of Hessen is known for its Apple Wein, Handkäse, Frankfurter Grüne Soße, Frankfurter Rippchen, Sauerkraut, and Frankfurter Würstchen.
Hessen (Hessische) Cooking
Bavaria and Franconia
Cooking in the German state of Bavaria (Bayern) is greatly influenced by Austrian cooking. Popular in this region are various kinds of Knödel (dumplings), Weisswurst, Leberkäse, and Pretzels. Franconia (Franken), a region within Bavaria, is best known for Lebkuchen and Bratwurst.
Bavarian (Bayerische) Cooking

Franconian (Fränkische) Cooking
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Northwestern Germany
Because of its close proximity to the North Sea and Baltic Sea, cooking in Northwestern Germany includes a large variety of seafood dishes. Also typical for this region are hearty wurst (sausages), potato and cabbage dishes, as well casseroles, rye breads, and several different kinds of soups.

Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) Cooking

Bremen Cooking

Hamburg Cooking

Schleswig-Holstein Cooking

Westphalian (Westfälische) Cooking
Northwestern Germany
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Cooking in the Rhine River region is influenced by foods in Belgium and The Netherlands, as well as by the local wine industry. The menu here includes such popular dishes as Sauerbraten, Potato Pancakes, and Blutwurst with Onions.

Rhineland Cooking

Saarland Cooking
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Northeastern Germany
Cooking in Northeastern Germany is very hearty. Typical dishes in the region are Eisbein, Kasseler Rippchen, and Currywurst. Many Eastern European dishes are also found here, as well as seafood dishes.

Berlin Cooking

Brandenburg Cooking

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Cooking
Northeastern Germany
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Eastern Germany
This region is known for it's hearty dishes, a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, and beer. Klöße (dumplings) and potatoes are loved here, as well as delicious cakes and pastries.

Thuringia (Thüringen) Cooking

Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt) Cooking

Saxony (Sachsen) Cooking
Eastern Germany
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