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Thuringian hospitality - So very tempting

Thuringian hospitality - So very tempting

The list of products popular with local gourmets is lengthy – sausage in best home-made style, fantastic cake, tasty cheese, chocolate, traditionally strong beers and flavoursome herb schnapps, and Thuringia even surprises its guests with local wines! The top favourites in the Thuringian cuisine are of course the famous charcoal-grilled sausages and the legend-woven Thuringian dumplings served with many different types of roast meat.

The setting for enjoying these culinary delicacies ranges from a vaulted medieval cellar to an elegant castle restaurant, with the one offering hearty meals in the style of the Middle Ages and the other a princely dinner under brilliant chandeliers.

Thuringian fried sausage

The fried sausage is the epitome of German cuisine. Its regional variety, the “Rostbratwurst” – charcoal-grilled and traditionally served in a bun, is the best of them all.

Usually, the sausage contains finely minced pork, salt and pepper, cumin, marjoram and garlic. But of course, no butcher will disclose his exact recipe. They have been carefully guarding this secret ever since the sausages have been made – the oldest recipe dating from 1404. And because these inimitable original Thuringian sausages are legally protected throughout Europe, this will not change now. No matter, as long as the sausages do not change either!

Thuringian potato dumplings

As legends tell, the South of Thuringia is the home of the potato dumpling, the undisputed favourite in the Thuringian cuisine. There are numerous different recipes for them but common to all of them is that the preparation certainly needs some practice: Mix a quantity of raw grated potatoes with a quantity of boiled and mashed potatoes and fill the mixture with croutons. Shape the mixture into balls and simmer them in hot salted water for about 20 minutes. The result is a delicious accompaniment to every kind of roast meat.

Enjoy your meal!

Stollen

For centuries now the “Stollen” – a raisin and currant-studded cake, crammed with candied fruit and often a thick, sweet slice of marzipan running through the middle – has been a traditional Christmas cake. First mentioned in documents in 1329, the Thuringian “Stollen”, also called “Erfurter Schittchen” in the state’s capital city, is one of the oldest in Germany. The festive season wouldn’t be complete without a rich slice of it.

Chocolate

Thuringia has also a tradition of fine and delicious chocolate. Whether it is delicately melting nougat from Floh-Seligenthal near Schmalkalden, dark chocolate with pink pepper from Ichtershausen close to Erfurt, hand-made Basil Lemon pralines from Bad Frankenhausen or Merchants’ Bridge truffles from Erfurt – in Thuringia you can enjoy the sweet side of life.

Beer

Thuringia is a state with a powerful guild of beer-brewers and is proud to possess the oldest certificate for brewing to German purity standards.

Numerous breweries, large and small, bear witness to the century-old tradition of brewing. Arnstadt was the home of the first wheat beer and Germany’s most popular dark beer comes from Bad Köstritz near Gera.

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