Ah Germany…the land of beer and bratwurst. At Christmastime, it’s also known for its Christmas markets. Last weekend headed to Düsseldorf, Germany for two days. I knew before we left that it would be a weekend full of delightful consumption and relaxation but I was unaware that eating and drinking would be all that we did. Minus the two hours we spent sitting on a bench at a shopping mall, but that’s another story…
We originally planned our trip to “Düss” to visit our friend Alex, who was relocated there for six months for her job. Unfortunately Alex had to return to the states before our arrival so Megan and I were on our own to explore the city. With the helpful guidance and hospitality of Alex’s work friend, Sarah, we managed to find our footing and navigate our way around town.
On behalf of Megan and myself, I apologize to the United States of America for reinforcing the obese stigma that haunts our country while in Germany. From morning to night both days, we hit the street to eat, drink and eat some more. Bystanders on the street, locals and fellow tourists were forced to bare witness to this gluttony and for this, I’m very sorry. Or am I?
Some may call it lollygagging, but I saw our time spent in Germany as cultural immersion. What better way to become acquainted with another culture than by cuisine? We sampled some of Germany’s finest market specialties from fried cheese to spiked Christmastime drinks (pictures below). If you have a weekend (or a day for that matter) to spare in December, be sure to visit Düsseldorf because the Christmas markets, views of the Rhine River and food should not be missed.
Must-Eats/Drinks in Düsseldorf:
- Glühwein – German hot mulled wine (red + white)
- Gebrannte Mandeln – Candied almonds that are a perfect balance of salty + sweet in eat bite.
- Eierlikoer – Egg nog with a nice little extra kick.
- Bratwurst – German sausage. I recommend ordering it in a baguette bun with sauteed onions and mustard.
- Mohrenkopf – Chocolate-covered marshmallow treats with waffle bottom. They come in a variety of flavors.
- Kürbissuppe – Pumpkin soup. The perfect meal (or snack) on a cold, winter day in Germany.
- Chocolate/Candy-covered fruit – Chocolate-covered strawberries and bananas, candied apples…at least it’s fruit?
- Bier – Enough said.