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Culinary diversity in Germany: best dishes to try in Hanover

Culinary diversity in Germany: best dishes to try in Hanover

by Olga Kee
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  • 1. Käsespätzle as a good rhyme for "beer"
  • 2. Schnitzels as something wildly popular
  • 3. Apple strudel for a pure bliss
  • 4. Maultaschen – the delicious dumplings
  • 5. Currywurst – a street food classic
  • 6. Potato salad – traditional, common, and tasty
  • 7. Cevapi – small deliciousness of Balkan origin
  • 8. Bratwurst – more sausages, please!
  • 9. Duck Breast – juicy and tender
  • 10. Stollen – for a Christmas magic
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Regarding Germany, beer is the first thing that crosses your mind. "Oktoberfest Hannover" is a large fun fair and beer festival usually held around the end of September and the beginning of October in Hanover. Oktoberfest is an integral part of Bavarian culture and a place where you can feel the real soul of the country. Besides, Hanover is famous for its Christmas garden with a great and eye-catching light show, and it will give a magical fairy tale to children and grown-ups.

The second thing that is associated with Germany is bread and sausages. But Germany offers a lot of culinary diversity. Here is our selection of the best German dishes you should try in Hanover.

1. Käsespätzle as a good rhyme for "beer"
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Spätzle-Haus
#339 of 2258 restaurants in Hanover, Germany
Hegebläch 33, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Closed until 5PM
Käsespätzle
Käsespätzle

It is a dish of dumplings or noodles with cheese. Käsespätzle is very popular in Germany, especially in the south of the country. Sometimes noodles are seasoned with fried onions. This food is always very hot.

Käsespätzle is a popular dish all over Germany, but it is mainly found in the southwestern region. It consists of noodles and cheese. Spätzle, the noodle portion of the dish, is made in long thin noodles. Popular cheeses used in spätzle are Edam, Gouda, Fontina, Gruyere, Appenzeller, or Emmental.

Another large part of käsespätzle is the caramelized onions. They sit on top of the layered, cheesy spätzle as a garnish and pack a flavourful punch. This delicious dish is a perfect pair for beer and hanging out with friends.

Spatzle-Haus is a great place to get käsespätzle and great beer.

2. Schnitzels as something wildly popular
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dasZwiespalt
#379 of 2258 restaurants in Hanover, Germany
Egestorffstraße 10, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Closed until 5PM
Schnitzels
Schnitzels

This dish is popular all over the world. Its name is derived from the German word meaning "a slice". Delicious schnitzels can be made from any kind of meat - delicate chicken fillet, wholesome pork, and beef. The meat is traditionally breaded before frying.

Schnitzel is a slice of meat that has been thinned and pounded with a meat tenderizer. Then it is usually breaded and fried. It can be made with veal, chicken, pork, mutton, beef, or turkey. Schnitzel is like dishes in other countries like escalope in France and tonkatsu in Japan, and it's German food at its best! 

The idea of pounding out a piece of tough meat is one of the oldest ways humans thought to make our food more enjoyable. The Romans left evidence that they used similar processes of thinning their meat, dredging, and frying it.

Das Zwiespalt is a great restaurant to find crisp and crunchy, irresistible schnitzel.

3. Apple strudel for a pure bliss
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BLOCK HOUSE Am Aegi
#299 of 2258 restaurants in Hanover, Germany
Hildesheimer Str. 9, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Closed until 12PM
Apple strudel
Apple strudel

A roll of thin dough with apple filling - a national Austrian dish, which is so famous for a Viennese cafe. Therefore, the apple strudel is called the Viennese strudel.

Like many of these other dishes on this list, apple strudel didn't originate in Germany. But they've crossed borders again and again due to the proximity of countries in Europe.

This sweet treat is, however, derived from the high German word for swirl or whirlpool, denoting its shape. The crust is made from a flaky, many-layered dough, while the filling consists of cooked grated apples, sugar, cinnamon, and breadcrumbs. Apple strudel is a fantastic pair for vanilla ice cream, custard, or whipped cream.

This is one dessert that can't be missed from its scrumptious filling to its swirling beauty. If you want to try some excellent apple strudel, look no further than Block House in Hanover.

4. Maultaschen – the delicious dumplings
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Bavarium Hannover
#72 of 929 pubs & bars in Hanover, Germany
Windmühlenstraße 6, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Closed until 12PM
Maultaschen
Maultaschen

Fresh dough (as for noodles) is filled with meat, fish, and vegetable filling with spices. It's shaped like squares, rectangles, or triangles and boiled in broth or roasted.

Often referred to as German Ravioli, maultaschen directly translates to "mouth bags". Maultaschen consists of a layer of spiced meat, spinach, smoked meat, or onions surrounded by pasta or dumpling-like dough. They are usually served in a simple broth or fried with butter and onions and are rectangular in shape.

Maultaschen originates from the Swabian region of Germany and are associated with Lenten and commemorate Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Catholics are not allowed to eat meat during Lenten, so as a sort of joke or way of sidestepping this, they make maultaschen. The idea is, "if God can't see the meat, then it doesn't count", so they hide it behind the pasta dough. This gave them the nickname "small God-cheaters".

Bavarium Hannover is a perfect place to find maultaschen and appreciate the local city culture.

5. Currywurst – a street food classic
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Meiers Lebenslust Restauration und Hausbrauerei
#70 of 929 pubs & bars in Hanover, Germany
Osterstraße 64, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Closed until 12PM
Currywurst
Currywurst

Currywurst is a fried sausage with a special sauce, based on ketchup (or tomato paste) and curry powder.

If you are looking for a staple German fast food, look no further. Currywurst is a favorite in Germany that consists of steamed or fried sausage and curry ketchup. The sausage is usually cut up into bite-sized pieces and served over fries. On the other hand, curry ketchup is precisely what it sounds like. It is simple ketchup with curry added to it.

You can find currywurst at fast food restaurants, street food stands, or even on kid food menus. It is a classic fusion of flavors from around the world that found a loving home in Germany. It is famous all over Germany, but you are most likely to find it and find it in abundance in metropolitan areas.

Choosing a place to get your currywurst can get overwhelming, but you can't go wrong with Meiers Lebenslust Restauration und Hausbrauerei.

6. Potato salad – traditional, common, and tasty
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Reimanns Eck
#406 of 2258 restaurants in Hanover, Germany
Lister Meile 26, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Closed until 12PM
Potato salads
Potato salads

It is nice and warm. And this salad perfectly comes with sausages, fresh bread with a crisp crust and beer, and as a garnish to a piece of meat.

Potato salad is almost as diverse and well-traveled as the potato itself. As you can imagine, potato salad is more of a category than a particular dish because it is loved in many places.

Potato salad originated in Germany, starting off as cooked potatoes dressed with oil, vinegar, and herbs. Then, as people began to move away from Germany toward the Americas, they took their recipes with them. The Dutch community flourished in the USA and added more creamy dressings to their potato salad. Now it is a staple at picnics and barbeques in much of the USA. However, potato salad is cooked potatoes cut into chunks and tossed in some dressing.

Reimanns Eck is a great restaurant for all things German cuisine, including potato salad.

7. Cevapi – small deliciousness of Balkan origin
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Balkan Restaurant Ranko
#15 of 2258 restaurants in Hanover, Germany
Waldstraße 48, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Closed until 5PM
Cevapi
Cevapi

They are Balkan's skinless meat sausages cooked from minced grilled beef or pork. The dish is accompanied with chopped onions, cottage cheese, ajvar and sour cream. Cevapi are served with flatbread and spices.

This grilled minced meat skinless sausage originated in the Balkans and is considered a national dish in Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Serbia. They originated before the Ottoman empire and are like kofte kebab. It is common to see them served on a flatbread, with onions, in sour cream, or even on a skewer in groups of five or ten pieces.

Cevapi are customarily made with beef, lamb, pork, or a mixture of the three. Each city has its specific blend and presentation. They vary from seasoning to garnish and where you can find them. Some are sold as they come, and some are even served in a light broth. A great way to have them is with chopped onions, cottage cheese, and sour cream.

Balkan restaurant Ranko is a great place to find Mediterranean cuisine, including but not limited to cevapi.

8. Bratwurst – more sausages, please!
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Bavarium Hannover
#72 of 929 pubs & bars in Hanover, Germany
Windmühlenstraße 6, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Closed until 12PM
Bratwurst
Bratwurst

Bratwurst is one of the most famous of German sausages. It is made from pork, beef or veal and usually grilled. Bratwurst is typically served with potatoes and sauerkraut.

One can hardly think of Germany without thinking of bratwurst. This famous German sausage is made from pork, beef, and veal. They are traditionally served with potatoes and sauerkraut and pair great with beer.

The name bratwurst comes from the high German words "brat", which means "finely chopped meat", and "wurst", which means sausage. The meat blends vary from region to region, and there are likely over 40 German bratwurst varieties. These versatile sausages can be eaten as a complete meal or taken as a snack.

It is often sold in German pubs or even at popular fast-food restaurants in German-speaking countries. Bavarium Hannover is also a great place to get bratwurst.

9. Duck Breast – juicy and tender
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Jante
#59 of 2258 restaurants in Hanover, Germany
Marienstraße 116, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Closed until 6PM
Duck breast
Duck breast

Duck Breast is a succulent poultry dish that is known for its rich, tender meat and crisp, savory skin. It's often pan-seared to render out the fat, which results in a crispy outer layer. The taste of duck breast is stronger and more robust than chicken or turkey, but less gamey than goose. It is usually served medium-rare, ensuring it remains tender and juicy.

Duck breast is a sought-after delicacy. Its meat is high in fat and protein and rich in iron. Though it is more prevalent in Chinese cuisine, you can find duck breasts in Germany.

Germany has a rich food culture and pulls from many other countries, and the juicy, tender duck is an excellent example. There are many different preparations for a duck, but a simply dressed, well-cooked piece of duck is one of the best ways to go. So if you are a person who prefers dark meat when it comes to chicken and turkey, duck might just be the right choice for you.

If you are looking for a duck in Hanover, you must try Jante. This two-star Michelin restaurant will blow you away.

10. Stollen – for a Christmas magic
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Bäckerei Der Handbäcker – Bäckerei, Konditorei
Lutherstraße 69, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Open until 6PM
Stollen
Stollen

This is an amazing Christmas bakery, not just a cupcake, it's a mixture of taste and aroma. Ideally, the prepared stollen should lie for 3 to 4 weeks.

This traditional German Christmas bread is a great way to end this list, just like it is a great way to end the year and ring in the new one.

This fruit-packed bread contains nuts, spices, and dried or candied fruit. It is covered in powdered sugar and usually contains marzipan. Stollen can be eaten any time of the year, but it is most popular around Christmas. They are generally produced in larger 2 kg (4.4.lb) loaves but can be made smaller and even as muffins. Older recipes for stollen use oats, but that has fallen out of fashion, and most rely mainly on flour.

So ring in the new year or just enjoy a lovely stollen when you visit Germany.

Der Handbäcker – Bäckerei, Konditorei  has wonderful stollen.

Obviously, German food is more than a mix of beer and sausage. Local cuisine is of soul-satisfying richness and heartiness and packed with textures and tangy flavours. When travelling to Hanover, be sure to explore as many dishes as possible, and feel free to share your emotions in the comments below. Guten Appetit!

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Paul Newsome (Guest) a year ago Request content removal

Fürchterlich klischeehaft. Empfehlungen aus Bayern, Baden-Württemberg, Berlin und sonstwo - nur nichts aus Norddeutschland oder Region Hannover.

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