Think Deutschland (or Germany to the rest of the world) and people’s thoughts go inmany directions depending on what they are predominantly interested in. Forinstance: when it comes to cars one immediately thinks of Mercedes-Benz, BMW andAudi (and a lot more); travel and tourism leads one to dream of going to visit theBerlin Wall and countless other natural and manmade attractions outside the capitalincluding Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and a lot more. Fashion and one thinks of theflamboyant designer Karl Lagerfeld, apparel brand Hugo Boss and supermodelsHeidi Klum, Claudia Schiffer and Gisele Bündchen.And of course there’s food glorious food which Germany has countless contributionsin its every aspect from historical times to the modern day age. Being an enormouscountry with ideal soil and climate, agriculture plays a significant contribution to itsoutput apart from its many exports and imports.Due to its proximity and border contact to several other European nations, thecuisine of German varies from region to region. Bavaria, for instance, down southhas several similarities with the food culture of Switzerland and Austria.One cannot discuss the food and drink of Germany without mentioning sausagesand beer, the former of which is consumed in countless forms in all of the country’sdifferent regions. The national alcoholic beverage is beer vastly consumed by thepopulation in pretty much all dining occasions.Octoberfest is Germany’s most famous event and one of the world’s largest fairscelebrated late September for over two weeks. It originated in Munich wheremillions of Germans and tourists gather for endless nights of merriment consumingunbelievable quantities of beer together with other traditional foods (mostly meats,cheese, sauerkraut, bread and potatoes. Tourists scramble to try as many varietiesof sausages (wurst) as they can but don’t come close to sampling the 1,500 kindsmade in the country. Some are made from the usual spiced ground meat to themore exotic varieties using pig or goat blood, stuffed in animal intestine casings.A widely carnivorous country, Germans truly enjoy their beef, pork and poultryincluding game meats like boar, rabbit and venison cooked in a variety of wayssome becoming national specialties like sauerbraten, a marinated beef or venisonroast using vinegar.
Fish and vegetables are also widely consumed throughout Germany depending on the region where they are grown or caught. Noodles, dumplings and various condiments like mustard and horseradish complete a typical meal. Being a country that takes food seriously, the Michelin guide has recognized its passion for fine fining and awarded quite a number of Germanrestaurants its highest recognition of three stars.