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The history of the city of Köthen goes back to the year 1115 - and the recipe for the “Köthener Schusterpfanne” is still popular today. The roast pork, baked with potatoes, compliments perfectly with the sweetness of the pear.
Whether seared heartily and crispy over an open fire or cured and traditionally cooked - the pork knuckle is very popular in large parts of Bavaria. The grilled variety is a unique treat when combined with a spicy sauce, hearty potatoes, or bread dumplings.
Why is the Berliner called "Berliner"? There is no clear answer. In Berlin, the pastry is called "pancake," elsewhere, it is also called donut. According to legend, the recipe goes back to the 18th century when a baker decided to cook the pastry in a pan instead of the oven. Berlin pancakes are traditionally consumed on New Year's Eve and Carnival (preferably on Rose Monday and Shrove Tuesday), but are to be found year-round.
The recipe for the Brandenburg savoy cabbage rolls is hearty and easy to prepare. They taste best on cooler days, but are actually a staple throughout the year.
"Pannfisch" is one of the most traditional dishes of regional cuisine in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. In addition to historical recipes, Pannfisch is regularly described in literary collections highlighting (North) German regional cuisine.
The Bremer Klaben was first mentioned in 1593 in the Bremen Council. It is a large, stollen-like cake made from heavy yeast dough with raisins. It is one of the traditional specialties of Bremen cuisine; the name "Bremer Klaben" is a protected designation under European law.
What the white sausage symbolizes to the citizen of Munich, the Lyoner sausage represents for the citizens of the Saarland. For the Lyoner Pfanne, you only need a few ingredients to make it a deliciously hearty dish.
Flat, tarte flambée and bacon cake recipes are very popular and have strong individual variations. The hearty cake tastes best when it comes fresh from the oven.
Pinkel (also Pinkelwurst) is a smoked, coarse-grained grützwurst, which is mainly consumed with kale in northwest Germany, especially in the area around Oldenburg and Bremen as well as in East Frisia.
A Franzbrötchen is a sweet pastry made from Danish pastry that is filled with sugar and cinnamon. It is a specialty of Hamburg cuisine and is often served with coffee and cake or for breakfast. Thomas Mann mentioned them 1901 in his novel "Buddenbrooks". Their distribution was limited to the greater Hamburg region for a long time; since around 1900, they have been known in various other cities in Germany.
“Döppekooche” can be translated to “pot cake”. The hearty dish requires few ingredients like potatoes, sausages and bacon, but the result is excellent.
The Hasselback potatoes are thinly sliced and roasted to golden brown perfection, then topped with cheese, bacon, sour cream or green onions. An easy yet impressive side dish that pairs perfectly with chicken or beef.
Nothing harmonizes as well as a Swabian onion cake with a Federweißer (wine). The recipes for the cake vary significantly within Baden-Württemberg. Traditionally, when wine festivals are celebrated in the South of Germany, the Swabian onion cake is served, being a perfect pendant to the young wine.
Thuringian dumplings, which can be traced back to the early 19th century, are traditionally served as a Sunday roast with sauerkraut or red cabbage. Recipes vary between villages, regions and families – and each one is claimed to be the “original one”.
Leipziger Allerlei is named after the city of Leipzig and consists of various types of vegetables and crabs. Legend has it that the dish is an invention that traces back to the Napoleonic Wars time (1803–1815).
Pfefferpotthast is a traditional dish that is known far beyond the borders of Westphalia. The dish has a long tradition: it was first mentioned in a document in 1378. Every autumn, the Pfefferpotthast festival is celebrated in Dortmund.
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You may not have heard it like this before: turn up the volume and enjoy your next travel adventure. Whether you are looking for the exciting hustle and bustle of big cities or the soothing silence of nature, you will find them in the sounds and noises of Germany as a travel destination.
Put on your headphones and enjoy the Sounds of Germany!
Many great composers have inspired and influenced Germany with their works. We are happy to take you on a journey through Ludwig van Beethoven’s life.
Press "Play" and let yourself be inspired by one of the six podcast episodes about his work and stations of his life.
Beethoven was born in Bonn and went on to spend the first 22 years of his life in the city. In the first episode of our podcast series on Ludwig van Beethoven, we take you on a tour of the house in which the exceptional musician was born and grew up as well as his local bars and other haunts. The 22 historical locations on the BTHVN Tour of Bonn and the surrounding area reveal a lot about the influence the city had on one of the world's greatest composers of all time.
Episode 1 – BEETHOVEN'S BONN
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