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Why is Germany so famous for sausages?

05 November 2020 08:45

Enjoy a traditional bratwurst at any German Christmas market

Enjoy a traditional bratwurst at any German Christmas market

Discover how the sausage became German...

What is a German sausage?

The traditional German bratwurst is a type of sausage made from finely minced veal, beef or pork - grilled and served with sweet German mustard. That said, not every bratwurst is made equal. There are actually around 1,500 different varieties of this popular dish, each with its own unique blend of herbs and spices depending on local tastes.

When does Germany's history with sausages begin?

There's much debate between the Thüringens and the Franconians over who invented the bratwurst, with both German communities claiming to be the true inventor of the nation's favourite sausage. However, the oldest evidence of the bratwurst actually has its origins with the Celts. We'll let you be the judge on that one...

How important are sausages in Germany today?

It's safe to say, very. While the bratwurst may be the most traditional sausage, Germany is actually famed for more than 1,200 types of sausage including the frankfurter and the Munich weisswurst. The fact is, food has always been a fundamental and revered part of Germanic culture. We can even see this from the traditional fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel - a story long said to epitomise German culture.

Where can I go in Germany to find its famous sausages?

Everywhere. The bratwurst is a very common street food throughout Germany and is often found served from mobile grills and food trucks on the side of the road. They're also very popular at sporting events, festivals and Christmas markets. If you've ever been to Oktoberfest, you'll most definitely have come across this traditional fare.

What else is Germany known for?

Along with its many types of sausage, Germany is also famous for beer, with pilsner being the most iconic - often served in the classic stein glass. It's also known for its motoring manufacturing industry and is the true home of Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Porsche.

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