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Old Apr 26th, 2008, 12:17 PM
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What can we eat in Germany?


Hello,

I have written to this post several times before and asked for advice.
I have never been disappointed with
the help I've received so here goes..
My husband and I are going to Germany this summer and my husband
is vegetarian although he will eat fish ( not shellfish). I tend to eat
vegetarian also when I travel but I will eat chicken or shellfish.
Is it hard to get vegetarian food in Germany? I've been told it is difficult but I find that hard to believe. I was in Southern Spain a
few years ago and had a tough
time finding fish and vegetarian food but really got by. I am not a big eater though and I can make do if I need to.
So, tell me.. is it an issue??
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Old Apr 26th, 2008, 12:26 PM
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No, it's not difficult at all. Some folks in rural southern Bavaria might think you're crazy city dwellers. (And I might agree ), but since even I got vegetarian folks in my family and they're still doing o.k., there shouldn't be a problem for you at all.
(They won't eat fish or chicken!)

Whereever you go, no problem.
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Old Apr 26th, 2008, 12:34 PM
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Hi N,

Interestingly enough, Alsaciennes, Germans and Austrians eat sauerkraut with fish.

You will have no trouble sticking to your vegetarian tastes.

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Old Apr 26th, 2008, 12:38 PM
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Should you eat cheese, spätzle with cheese and onions are divine!
"Kässpatzn" in swabian.
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Old Apr 26th, 2008, 12:43 PM
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http://hunger.bluephod.net/pictures/kasspatzn.jpg

Getting hungry now...
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Old Apr 26th, 2008, 12:58 PM
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Oh Man, Kassspaetzel!!

I have to pay a visit to my Mother-in-Law! Yummmmmmm
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Old Apr 26th, 2008, 12:59 PM
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In the picture, the Spätzle are not homemade. They are Knöpfle (=Buttons) (You know why they're called that when looking at the picture. They come right out of the factory looking like that). For cheese, you take "Allgäuer Emmentaler" and then add one onion...
Fry in a pan.
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Old Apr 26th, 2008, 01:15 PM
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I am surprised that you found it hard to find fish in Southern Spain!!!!! In Southern Spain they eat mostly fish and seafood.......!
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There's also a large Turkish population in Germany so, in the cities at least, you can eat falafel etc. if you're into that. We were in Berlin recently for five nights and my husband ate falafel every day (it's actually hard to get where we live and he loves it!)
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Old Apr 26th, 2008, 03:16 PM
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Wow, I'm so glad I consulted with
all of you on Fodors. I feel really comfortable now.
I know what Spatzle is, my mother used to made it and i loved it.
The way logos999 describes it- it sounds divine. Really am looking forward to it.
Southern Spain was a challange- in madrid and barcelona- no problem at all but we had to scrounge around for a meal in Southern Spain except for few evenings in Marbella and Seville. I know it sounds crazy.. I loved the trip and that part of Spain so it didn't change the wonderful experience I had there.
Logos999- I am a little crazy anyway!!
Emmental- I'll be we could get great Fondue! Yum
Outwest, we like middle eastern food. thanks for the idea for Berlin
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Old Apr 26th, 2008, 03:30 PM
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watch out for the sauerkraut, in some areas it is not uncommon to use speck (bacon) in the preparation. just ask, or better tell each place that you dine theat you are vegetarian - they will point you in the right direction, my experience is that it is actually quite common. Maultaschen although traditionally made with meat sometimes is veg. It's sort of a spinach ravioli.... the traditional is one of my favorite foods....
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Old Apr 26th, 2008, 03:44 PM
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seafox,

Thanks for the tip.
Here is another question:
What is the weather like in Germany in July?
We are going to be in Berlin and then Southern Germany and on to Vienna. natjgc
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There really are some vegetarians in Germany. You'll always be able to find a couple of vegetarian options on the menu (although just like in the States, they may not always be the most creative). Plenty of salads too.

Weather in July in southern Germany could be sweltering (high 80s - low 90s) or mild (60s) and rainy. In Stuttgart we had a month-long heat wave in summer 2006 and a very mild, rainy summer in 2007. You'll just have to check the weather forecast before your trip.
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Old Apr 26th, 2008, 06:08 PM
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There is generally fish (although often fresh water fish such as trout or those little lake perch) on menus in Germany and you can always get chicken.

In a pinch you can just have salads and vegetables if you can't find a fish you like. And there are always omelets.
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Old Apr 27th, 2008, 11:07 AM
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thanks NYtraveler.
That's helpful natjgc
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Old Apr 27th, 2008, 11:09 AM
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That's quite a picture!! Thanks
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Old Apr 28th, 2008, 06:43 AM
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Here is a list of vegetarian restaurants in Berlin:

http://www.schlemmerinfo.de/eng/berl...sch/index.html
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If you want fish a safe bet is the zander
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Old Apr 28th, 2008, 11:48 AM
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Traveller 1959

Thank you so much for the website for vegetarian restaurants in
Berlin.. That is terrific.I'm sure we'll take this list with us and use it..
Bilboburgler:
Thanks for the tip. What kind of a fish is Zander?
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Old Apr 28th, 2008, 12:32 PM
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In English, Zander is pike-perch. It is a good freshwater fish, often pan-fried with a crispy skin. Since the fish is too big for one person, usually a fillet is served.

Zander is caught in the river Havel which flows around Berlin and Potsdam.

Zander on creamy sauerkraut is a popular dish in Germany. I bet you never thought that sauerkraut could taste like this.
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