Bavarians don’t just eat beer. They also eat food. And it is some of the heartiest, earthiest, heaviest food in Europe. Heavy in a good way, like an anchor that keeps you from floating away from the beer garden. Here to make your mouth water, are 5 traditional foods you need to eat when visiting Munich or anywhere else in Germany’s fun province, Bavaria.
Weisswurst and Pretzel: Hey, it’s breakfast time in Bavaria, so you’re obviously enjoying a Weißbier (a cloudy, slightly sweet wheat beer). You need something solid to go with it. Do as the Germans do, and enjoy at weisswurst (white sausage). Looking a little different than your typical North American breakfast sausage, and boiled instead of fried, it’s a nice “light” (by Bavarian standards) way to start the day. With a pretzel, please.
Käsespätzle: Please, don’t call this mac n cheese. That’s for kids. Käsespätzle is for grownups, made with small twisty dumplings, emmenthaler cheese, and onion. Not a hint of orange food colouring in sight.
Schnitzel: Apparently, you can schnitzel pretty much anything. Though veal is the most common member of the schnitzel family, there’s pork, there’s chicken… I’ve even had fish schnitzel. The process is quite simple. Take your slab of meat, pound the heck out of it, bread it, deep fry it, and eat it. Food doesn’t get much “heavier” than that!
Schweinshaxe: No, that’s not the name of a German metal band (though maybe it should be). This is the grand-daddy of all Bavarian cuisine. Alternatively called “pork knuckle” or “ham hock”, this is big food. Tuck into one of these for lunch, you won’t be needing dinner. Takes some serious effort to eat – this is a real food experience.