Allgäuer Käsepätzle: spätzle(egg noodles) with Swiss cheese and fried onions

Bavaria: Home to 12.5 million inhabitants, Bavaria is located in the southeast of Germany and is the largest of the 16 federal states of Germany.Bavaria covers almost one-fifth of the total land area of Germany and has an area of 70,548 square kilometers (27,200 squaremiles).

Bavaria borders Austria, the Czech Republic, as well as the neighboring German states of
 Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hessen and Thuringia.

The capital city of Bavaria is Munich (München). Other major cities in Bavaria include: Nuremberg (Nürnberg), Augsburg, Würzburg, Regensburg, Ingolstadt, Fürth, Freising and Landshut.

The two major rivers that flow through Bavaria are the Danube (Donau) and the Isar. The Bavarian Alps are home to Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze 2,962 meters / 9,717 feet, and form a natural border with Austria.

The landscape of Bavaria can be subdivided into four major regions:

  • the Alps, with the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany at 2,962 meters;
  • the Alpine foothills with their numerous lakes;
  • the Eastern Bavarian central mountains with the first ever national park in Germany;
  • the Swabian-Franconian cuesta landscape.

Nature conservation and environmental protection are of high importance, and have been an integral part of the Bavarian constitution since 1984. The German Alpine Association has set itself the task of making the Alps accessible while preserving the alpine environment.

Bavaria is well-known for its bigger festivals and events like the “Oktoberfest” in Munich and the “Christkindlmarkets” like in Munich, Nuremberg or Rothenburg,Landshut and other larger cities.


Bavarian Beer: Bavaria boasts of over 700 breweries giving Bavaria the greatest density of breweries in the world. It also also means that 44% of all breweries in the European Union are situated in the free State of Bavaria. The quality and the reputation of Bavarian beer are above all due to the centuries of tradition involved in the industry. Bavaria is also the birthplace of Weizenbier or wheat beer as well as the location of the world’s largest Weizenbier brewery. Because of this long tradition and variety of types, Bavarian beer enjoys the highest respect from beer drinkers everywhere.

Bier Vom Fass: beer from a keg

Danke: thank you

Flaschen Bier: bottled beer

Gebackener Camembert: breaded fired cheese

Guten Appetite: enjoy your meal

Herring a’la Hausfrauenart: herring in sour cream sauce with pickles, apple slices and onions

Herzhafter Sauerbraten: tender pot roast in sweet-sour sauce

Huehnerbrust: grilled chicken breast topped with ham, tomatoes and Swiss cheese

Kassler Ripperl: smoked porkloin

Knusperige Schweinshaxe: crisp pork shank, Bavarian style

Münchener Sahnegeschnetzeltes: sautéed beef and pork tenderloin tips “Munich Style”

Münchener Weißwurst: Also called white sausage. The tradition of eating Weißwurst, particulary until 11:00a.m., continues to the present day. Today it is produced as “Brühwurst” (boiled sausage) and subject to a strictly controlled cooling process, but remains a strong tradition continued in Bavaria. It is tyically consumed with Bavarian sweet mustard, pretzels and a Bavarian beer. The Weißwurst is served hot in a hot broth and eaten with its skin. There are several techniques for skinning this sausage which are also traditional when eating Weißwurst without its skin.

Nürnberger Grillbratwurst: small, thin grilled bratwurst

Oktoberfest: When you hear the word “Oktoberfest”, it’s almost certain that one thing comes to mind… Bavarian Beer Festival! A mainstay of Bavarian culture since its inception in October 1820 when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, the festival continues to be held in the same area named Therescienwiese (Theresa’s fields) or its nickname, “Wies’n” (meaning “welcome to Oktoberfest”). Through the years the festival has grown to include amusements, concerts, parades, sporting events, beer tents and more. The festival date was changed in the mid 1800’s in order to take advantage of the great Bavarian weather in late September. In Munich, the mayor officially launches the event after the keg tapping by proclaiming “O’zapft is!”, meaning it’s tapped. Munich’s Oktoberfest is the largest in the world where some 7.5 million visitors from all around the world converge on the Oktoberfest each year.

Pfeffersteak “Madagascar”: tender filet mignon/peppersteak

Prosit/Prost: cheers/toast

Prost: cheers

Semmelknödel: tennis ball sized, fluffy, beige spheres made of bread, eggs, onions and milk. Semmelknödel are commonly eaten with roasted pork, roast leg of goose, Sauerbraten and mushroom dishes, but also taste well in a good meat-based soups.

Spätzle: egg noodles

Tagesfisch: fish/catch of the day

Tiger Garnelen in Dillrahm: sautéed jumbo tiger shrimp in dill cream

Ulmer Metzgerplatte: Ulmer butcher platter

Wiener Schnitzel: lightly breaded veal or pork

Wurst: sausage

Wurstteller: sausage platter

Zigeunerschnitzel: pork cutlet topped with pickled vegetable and a spicy tomato-based sauce