Sausages of Germany – a travel plan for your appetite

As a vegetarian, you know I didn’t write this German sausage tour. Here’s a guest article by Celine Roque:

While most people travel to experience different sights and sounds, culinary fanatics tend to give special importance to the unique tastes offered by various countries. Germany’s fascinating cuisine makes it no exception to travelers led by curious taste buds. Having over 1,500 types of sausages, each city is sure to have at least one specialty. This travel plan will allow you to explore Germany’s famed “sausage tradition” while you go on your planned German sightseeing tour.

While you’re on your German tour, your travelling options include local flights, trains, and buses. Germany has a wide range of local flights available, but the train system is equally efficient and expansive. If you wish to take the more affordable route, it’s best to ride trains throughout your tour. As for the bus system, the availability of the buses depends on the season. Since several private companies own the nationwide buses, transferring buses tend to be confusing.

Stop 1. It’s a good way to start your German sausage tour in Berlin. Upon your arrival at the Tegel Airport, you can either take a bus or a taxi to your hotel. Buses going to the city of Berlin are stationed just outside the terminal – just be sure to grab a copy of the city transport map at the airport’s information center. You may also take a cab, which may cost 15 to 20 Euro. German cab drivers often expect to be tipped, and it’s polite to give them around 10% of the fare.

Berlin’s most popular sausage is the currywurst. Currywurst is a pork sausage served with a special curry-tomato (or curry and catsup) sauce. This type of sausage is considered “fast food” and is available in most sausage stalls. While you can canvass for stalls to buy currywurst from, it’s best to get it from the people who have been making it for 70 years – the Konopke Imbiss. It’s a small take-away restaurant at the U-Bahnhof Eberswalder Strasse. The best part about the Imbiss is that it is open late at night, which makes it easy to visit if your flight arrives in the evening and you’re ready to embark on your sausage tour. Most people say that currywurst is best served with fries and beer, and since Germany also produces top-quality beer, that makes for a delicious combination. Many people, including celebrities like Madonna and political figures like President George W. Bush, don’t leave Berlin without trying their famous currywurst.

Stop 2. Take a train to Erfurt in Thuringen. Here you will find the Thuringian Bratwurst, a sausage wrapped in the thin lining of pork bowels. The bratwurst is roasted, and often bought from stalls. The best place to buy the bratwurst is on the Domplatz at the Cathedral Square, although you may get it from restaurants as well. The color of the bratwurst ranges from red to gray. It is best served with sauerkraut or vegetable soup. Thuringen is also famous for its cakes and pastries, so be sure to try one for dessert. One of their popular cakes, the Matschekuchen, is served with fruits and nuts.

Stop 3. Frankfurt-am-main is the hometown of the famous frankfurter pork sausage. Also known as the Frankfurter Wurstchen, this is said to be the origin of the common American hotdog (although there is a distinct difference in taste). Served with bread and mustard, it tastes best when accompanied by Apfelwein (a hard apple cider also known as ebbelwoi). The best Apfelwein comes from taverns in Sachsenhausen. It wouldn’t be hard to find Apfelwein, since its popularity in Frankfurt-am-main surpasses even wine or beer. If you are a fan of German literature, feel free to visit the Goethehaus – where German’s literary giant was born. It was said that he completed some of his greatest work in this old manor. To complete your Goethe experience, you may want to try eggs in Hessian green sauce. This is said to be Goethe’s favorite food. The Hessian green sauce is the most popular sauce in the Frankfurt-am-main and Hessen area, which makes it easy to find.

Stop 4. It’s a short trip from Frankfurt-am-main to Rheinland, Rheinland’s main sausage is the famous Blood Sausage or Blutwurst. The blutwurst could very well be the first sausage mentioned in history – since the process of making it was mentioned in Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. Commonly, the blutwurst is made from congealed pig or cow’s blood, as well as meat and fat for filler. However, the town of Eschweiler in Rheinland offers traditional fried blutwurst made out of horsemeat. Another horsemeat specialty in Eschweiler is sauerbraten, which contains sweetening agents like juniper cloves or apple syrup.

This concludes the first half of a “sausage tradition” tour of Germany.

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  1. deborah says:

    I really enjoyed my time over in Germany. I have tried many of their sausages, and one of my favorite was KaseWursten; cheese sausage. You can eat them cold or hot. You are right about the Currywurst, my husband liked them the most. You also mentioned Apfelwein, we liked to drink their Gluhwein, it’s a warm apple/spice wine they have during Christmas. Thanks for listening, Shone’Tag, See you later…

  2. dennis says:

    You can’t complete a sausage tour of Germany without going to the Zum Guldenen Stern in Nurnberg. It is the oldest sausage kitchen in continuous operation. At the Stern they have been cooking the famous Nurnberger Sausage over an open flame since 1419. It was unharmed by the bombing of WW II. http://www.bratwurstkueche.de/

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