The capital city of Germany is Berlin. The city has a number of museums to visit, as well as cafes and shopping centers. When World War II ended, Berlin was nearly destroyed. Since then, the city has rebuilt itself, and has become the center of the entire country. A number of beautiful churches and other buildings survived the war, and many are available to be toured through.
Traditional German Cuisine
When it comes to German meals, there are some things that have remained the same from a very long time. One of these is breakfast. Breakfast generally means that the diner will receive bread and jam, egg, and possibly some deli meats. Some cereals are popular in the morning, and strong coffee is always a necessity. Large buffet-style breakfasts are often eating during the weekend or on holidays, and members of friend of family are often invited. It used to be that lunch was the main meal of the day, but as people have left home to work more and more, dinner is swiftly becoming the time for the family to eat together.
Meat in Germany is usually roasted in a pot. Meats such as boar, venison and chicken are eaten frequently. It is estimated that a resident of Germany will eat around 67 pounds of meat in one year. Berlin is definitely a place that vegetarians might have a hard time finding an all-veggie meal.
Move over, Australia ... It is German for beer. (Pun intended!) Germany is known throughout the world for its beer. Many of the factories are centered in Berlin, meaning that beer can be found relatively cheap in a number of different restaurants. Most German beer tends to be darker than beer made in other countries. Wheat beer tends to be the most popular. A trip to Berlin would not be complete without a serving or two of the countries finest export.
Berlin has a number of places that visitors can head to if they want to enjoy a fine meal out. Borchardt is considered by most to be the most sophisticated restaurant in the city. The interior has a courtyard that is opened up in the summer, and it serves a menu of fresh meat and French cuisine. Calf’s liver in calvados sauce can be found on the menu, as can the classic Germany dish of wiener schnitzel.
Pasternak is a restaurant that caters to the trendy crowd. It serves traditional Germany food, such as borscht, along with other pasta dishes such as ravioli and beef stroganoff. Reservations are necessary only during the weekends.
Maxwell is located in a building that used to be a brewery, meaning that the restaurant is in a wide open area. The chef, Uwe Popall, only uses local fresh ingredients and creates meals such as veal medallions, red snapper and duck with black pepper sauce. He gets his wine from local vineyards and has a fine selection available to choose from.