5 Scrumptious Berlin Snacks

With a colorful history, tapestry of world cultures and diverse culinary scene, it’s no wonder Berlin is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

From the omnipresent “wurst” to a rich beer tradition, the German capital’s cuisine is as dynamic as the city itself. From neighborhood pubs to classic Berlin hotels, upscale restaurants to humble street food, the cuisine of Germany’s premier metropolis will leave a nice taste on your palate.


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A relatively recent icon of German cuisine, Currywurst is a fast-food, street vendor and diner staple in Berlin, and a must-try for every tourist. The modest concoction consists of grilled, sliced pork sausage smothered with a curry-like sauce. Herta Heuver, the Berlin resident behind the now-legendary dish, cobbled the recipe together in the 1940s with ingredients procured from English soldiers. The sauce, a simple combination of ketchup, curry powder and Worcestershire, was a hit with blue-collar construction crews in post-World War II Berlin. Today, currywurst is ubiquitous in Germany and especially popular in the capital.

German Potato Salad

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Cheap and easy to cook, German Potato Salad is a hearty meal and a favorite side dish at picnics and barbecues. The origins of this German delicacy can be traced to the 18th century, when Frederick the Great encouraged his subjects to eat more potatoes. The potato salad later became a favorite dish of Emperor Wilhelm and is now a big part of German food culture. With the optional addition of bacon and a combination of vinegar, sugar, onions and various herbs, German Potato Salad is always a Berlin favorite.

Pork Knuckle on Sauerkraut

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A signature German dish, pork knuckle on sauerkraut is a culinary staple. A swine lover’s delight, “Eisbein” is a go-to meal with tourists and Berlin locals alike. The name is a reference to a once-popular use for the pig’s shine bone: ice skates. In Berlin, pork knuckle is generally boiled and served with a puree of peas and sauerkraut.

Berliner Doughnut

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While Berlin natives refer to them as pfannkuchen, the rest of Germany calls these doughy concoctions Berliners. These soft, jelly, jam or custard cream-filled doughnuts are also known as Bismarcks (in Canada) or Russian doughnuts. There are dozens of international variations of course, from Portuguese bolas de Berlim to the sufganiyah of Israel. Tasty, portable and affordable, pfannkuchen are perfect for tourists on the go.

Bouletten and Berliner Weisse

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Boulletten are not much different than meatballs found in other parts of the world, but combined with Berliner Weisse, they make quite the savory dish. A real local specialty, Berliner Weisse is a top-fermented, slightly cloudy beer popularly served with raspberry or woodruff syrup. It has around 2.8% alcohol and is a popular refreshmenton hot summer afternoons. The best way to savor a Berliner Weisse is with a few Bouletten and the company of friends on a sunny terrace.

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