In Focus: Culinary Germany

An outdoor cafe in Berlin

Culinary Germany

With asparagus season in full swing, this instalment of our 'In Focus' series is about the culinary delights Germany has to offer. And there is more to it than Sauerkraut and sausages. Ranging from our guide to German mealtimes, through the German way to "do" afternoon tea, to the seasonal obsession with certain vegetables, we give you a taster of German cuisine.

German mealtimes explained

Your guide to eating in Germany - navigating the pitfalls of mealtimes

First-time visitors to Germany often notice that when it comes to food, things are sometimes done somewhat differently, whatever the meal. Our light-hearted and handy guide should help you navigate the numerous pitfalls which can await the uninitiated when tackling the various mealtimes in the day of a German.

Michelin star chef Hendrik Otto prepares a dish in the 'Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer' gourmet restaurant in Berlin

The new German top cuisine

The Michelin Guide has not only awarded new stars in Germany but also described new trends. All told, the number of restaurants in Germany with one or more Michelin stars is now at the new peak of 292 establishments.

Coffee and cake

Coffee wreaths and coffee gossip

“Kaffee und Kuchen” is a typical German tradition. Depending on the region, it is also known as “Kaffeekränzchen” or “Kaffeeklatsch”. The ritual refers to family gatherings or a get-together with friends over a piece of cake and a cup of coffee. Nowadays, it typically takes place on Sunday afternoons. Often, several generations come together after their afternoon walk to share a piece of cake and a good conversation.

Market stall selling 'Spargel'

Spargelzeit or 'asparagus season' - a national obsession

The 'Spargelzeit' is one of the most important dates on the German culinary calendar. From mid-April to 24 June every year, Germans go mad for white asparagus, when the average German will consume a staggering 1.5kg of the 'white gold'.

Pumpkins on a farm in Klaistow, Brandenburg

Pumpkin season in Germany

With sinking temperatures, falling leaves and the beginning of autumn, the pumpkin returns to German front porches, back gardens and kitchen worktops. It is pumpkin season in Germany.

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German Bread Culture

Bread varieties at a bakery in Germany

When Germans go abroad, the thing they will most likely miss is German bread. The reason for that is that bread is more than just food in Germany - it is part of German culture. Many Germans have bread for breakfast, and often for dinner as well which is sometimes referred to as Abendbrot (literally: evening bread).

Intangible Cultural Heritage in Germany

Peter-and-Paul-Festival in Bretten

Nurtured and passed on from one generation to the next, Intangible Cultural Heritage is a living and constantly evolving aspect of a country's national heritage. Safeguarded by UNESCO, Germany's inventory shines a light on "heritage in Germany" rather than "German heritage".

German Wine Route

View from the Wine Route

Try various culinary delicacies, discover wonderful landscapes, and have a sip or two of splendid German wine on the famous German Wine Route.

German City Profiles

Marina in the Media Harbor (Medienhafen) in Dusseldorf, Germany

Looking to visit somewhere new on your next trip to Germany? Check out our city profiles - whether you prefer tucking into Currywurst in Berlin, or dancing in a carnival parade in Düsseldorf, you're bound to find something for you. Updated each month.