Essential Stress-Free German Dishes You Have To Try

Käsespätzle, a type of pasta, originated in Swabia, a southwestern region of Germany, and is often compared to macaroni and cheese.

Käsespätzle

You may have encountered schnitzel at Oktoberfest or in German restaurants. Dinner staples in German and Austrian cuisine are hearty and simple.

Schnitzel

Maultaschen, which means "mouth bags," are German ravioli or stuffed pasta. Schwaben residents ate the dish during Lent.

Maultaschen

Germans have fully embraced apfelstrudel, which originated in Austria in 1697. Its Viennese origins may explain its lesser-known status in German desserts.

Apfelstrudel

Curried bratwurst, or sausage, is a popular German fast food served with beer. According to legend, a Berlin woman invented the snack in 1949.

Currywurst

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, or Black Forest cake, is a traditional German dessert from the Black Forest region in Baden-Württemberg, better known as Der Schwarzwäld.

Schwarzwälder kirschtorte

Comforting German potato pancakes (kartoffelpuffer) are popular. These healthy breakfast foods can be eaten any time of day.

Kartoffelpuffer

German Advent traditions include bratapfel, or baked apple. Folklore says the stuffed, baked golden apples represent St.'s gold bags.

Bratapfel

Eisbein, or schweinshaxe, is a traditional German dish made from the pork knuckle or ham hock. This hearty dish is popular from Bavaria to Berlin.

Eisbein

Weinfests in Germany serve zwiebelkuchen during October's harvest and wine season. For "onion cake," federweisser, a fermented white wine, is usually served.

Zwiebelkuchen

German culture values schweinebraten, akin to roast pork, and serves it at family gatherings, special occasions, and Oktoberfest.

Schweinebraten

German dumplings, or knödel, are a staple and versatile dish. German cooking, especially in Bavaria, relies on these bread-based dumplings with clever variations.

Knödel

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