German cuisine is something that Mr. ESLT and I love indulging in when in the country. Having been to Germany a number of times, we were really looking forward to finding out what hearty delights Nuremberg had to offer us. With many traditional restaurants and plenty of places to eat outside and enjoy watching the world go by, we found Nuremberg to be a great city for foodies and we didn’t have to search far to find amazing, local traditional food. Here are some of the tastiest and most tempting Franconian dishes we found and had the pleasure of eating during our recent visit.
If you have never had the experience of trying a warm, doughy, salty pretzel in Germany, then you seriously you do not know what you are missing out on. They are amazing. They are a traditional baked bread product made most commonly in the shape into a twisted knot and can be found throughout Nuremberg. They are often served in restaurants before your meal the same way a bread basket would be presented in other countries, from stalls in the market as a snack and as the perfect accompaniment to beer at a bar. Priced around the €1.50 mark they are a great cheap filling snack. They can also be cut in half and turned into sandwiches. Although our favourite way of serving them was with a cream cheese and onion spread on the side.
Meat, Meat and More Meat
German cuisine is very meat based, therefore Mr ESLT was completely in his element whilst in Nuremberg. It was also his birthday, therefore on our first evening in the city, he got to choose the restaurant we ate at. He chose Bratwurst Röslein, the world’s largest bratwurst restaurant. It is located in the heart of the old town and has a great outdoor eating area and seeing as though the summer sun was shining over us, al fresco dining seemed like the perfect choice. There are numerous restaurants in the city selling bratwurst and the smell of them cooking was prevalent throughout the city. It certainly made our mouths water as we wandered around.
Nuremberg Sausages (Nürnberger bratwurst)
Germany is home to over 1,500 different varieties of sausage and having tried a few of them, I have to say I was not the biggest fan, that was however until I tried the local sausages – Nuremberg sausages. My, oh my, these tasty little bangers are something else. Around 800 million sausages are produced every year in the city and sold all over the world. They must be no longer than 9cm and no weightier than 25g. They have been made for over 700 years. The fact that they are still as popular today proves how delicious they really are. They are usually served in portions of 6, 8, 10 or 12, although you can, of course, ask for more, accompanied by horseradish and sauerkraut or potato salad or as “three in a bun” if you prefer to eat your sausages on the run.
Turkey Steak and Potatoes
Our second evening in Nuremberg saw us heading to the Handwerkerhof surrounded by the towers and walls of the medieval city fortification which is a Medieval shopping area with small shops focusing on traditional crafts. There are also a few rustic restaurants including Fränkische Weinstube which serves traditional Franconian food. Again we were able to dine al fresco. Having eaten nothing but sausages and pretzels (seriously!) since we had arrived in Nuremberg, Mr ESLT decided to try the turkey steak and potato dish from the menu. It looked, smelt and tasted, from the tiny mouthful I had, delicious. It was a great choice.
As we were only in Nuremberg for a couple of nights, Mr ESLT didn’t get to try everything that he would have liked to. There are a number of dishes that would be at the top of his list if we returned to the city again, especially Schäuferle (Pork knuckle) made from a pork shoulder complete with the bone and rind served with potato dumplings and gravy. Again this dish can be found on most Franconian restaurant menus proving to be another firm favourite in the city.
Even though I am not a vegetarian, for some reason I more often than not always opt for a vegetarian dish when eating out, I think I worry (too much) about the quality and preparation of the meat, even though I shouldn’t. As I mentioned before, German cuisine is heavily meat based. Therefore, at all of the restaurants, we visited, barring the pretzels, I could only find one veggie option on the menu, meaning it was that or nothing. Luckily for me, I loved the two different dishes I tried.
Cheesy potato dumplings (Schupfnudel) and vegetables
The Germans love potatoes just as much as they love meat and even though this dish isn’t one that I would have chosen if there had been more of a choice, I certainly can’t complain – potatoes, vegetables, and cheese, what’s not to love? It was very tasty and extremely filling. Although it was served luke warm. I don’t know if that is the way it should be served or if the restaurant didn’t warm it through enough?
Schwäbische Käsespätzle (German Mac and Cheese)
I love mac and cheese (A LOT) and this German variant was delicious. Soft egg noodles, cheese and crispy onions made for another tasty and hearty offering. I have actually had this dish before at a German Christmas Market in England so knew exactly what to expect and it certainly did not disappoint. Even though the portion didn’t look massive, it was so filling and barring the Nuremberg sausages, the nicest thing I ate during my trip.
Dessert is my favourite course of any meal and I can categorically confirm that I can sniff out a chocolate based sweet treat from 1000 feet. Unfortunately for me, I could not find a chocolate dessert at either of the restaurants we ate evening meals at. Instead, I found a number of fruit based desserts and rice pudding, of which I am not a fan (sorry).
There are a number of traditional bakeries and patisseries in Nuremberg where you can grab something to eat on the run, many selling delicious cakes and the famous Nuremberg Lebkuchen, the city’s famous gingerbread. Although considered to be a Christmas treat, it is made throughout the year and has been for more than 600 years with the reputation being passed down from generation to generation. It is very different to what we call gingerbread in England, but definitely worth trying, it’s amazing.
Ice cream from Die Kleine Eismanufaktur
Ice cream is a firm favourite for me when the sun is shining. So when Die Kleine Eismanufaktur was recommended, I knew I had to pay a visit and taste the creamy goodness for myself. Located on Weissgerbergasse, a beautiful little and surprisingly quiet street lined with awesome architecture and cute houses, Die Kleine Eismanufaktur was very easy to find. I opted for the chocolate hazelnut ice cream which tasted just like Ferrero Rocher, basically heaven in a cone. I, therefore, pass on the recommendation, you must visit if you visit Nuremberg!
And not forgetting….STEINS!
It would be remiss of me not to include beer on the list. It is something we always think about whenever anyone mentions Germany. For centuries, Nuremberg has been an important city for brewing beer and there are many traditional beers available in the city known as ‘liquid bread’, locally. There are a lot of bars, brewpubs, and breweries in Nuremberg and we certainly didn’t have to look too hard to find the good stuff. It was the perfect accompaniment to our dinner each night and ideal when we took a mid afternoon break from the hot August sun. Seriously, what’s better than a Stein of beer whilst in Germany?!
With so many tasty dishes we were pleasantly surprised with the food (and beer) on offer in Nuremberg and even though our visit was only a flying one, we did get to sample a number of the local delicacies on offer.
- Thank you to Tourismus Nürnberg for hosting our stay in Nuremberg and for providing us with some amazing recommendations regarding where to eat.