Almost nothing else says more about a country and its people than the national cuisine and associated traditions. Food and drink are a means of immersing yourself in the lifestyle of a region and enjoying unforgettable experiences. Food is, quite simply, an integral part of national culture – and Germany has lots to offer in this respect.
Germany is famous for its traditional recipes that have been lovingly preserved and handed down from generation to generation. At the same time, many influences from all over the world are also apparent in German cuisine. And this is precisely what makes our food culture an exciting blend of tradition and innovation that is as diverse as our scenery: from 'Pannfisch' fried fish in the North to green sauce and 'Bratwurst' sausages in Central Germany to dumplings, 'Maultaschen' pasta pockets and 'Eisbein' ham hock in the South – German cuisine has a delicious speciality to suit every palate.
And a glass of good wine or beer is an important part of any special dining experience in Germany. Excellent wines are produced in vineyards covering a total of some 100,000 hectares in 13 wine-growing areas extending from the Elbe River to Lake Constance. And over 5,000 high-calibre beers are produced in 1,300 breweries throughout Germany. Sample Germany's surprising and delicious culinary specialities.
The food and wine experts Ursula Heinzelmann and Anne Krebiehl invite you to discover Germany's best regional specialities on a culinary voyage of discovery - under the "Follow the Taste" banner. The two gourmet specialists enjoy the great diversity of German cuisine along with 16 professional chefs who prepare a delicacy from their home region accompanied by an entertaining explanation of the dish. Discover culinary Germany and whet your appetite with traditional dishes from the North Sea to the Alps.