Written by Staff Writer at CNN Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Germany — synonymous with beer, spa culture and — given its proximity to Northern Europe — Germany’s roads — never seems to end. And although it may not be an all-year-round destination, this time of year — following the death of spring and the spring equinox on March 20 — is a great time to head to a German market.
Which is exactly what CNN Travel reader Stephanie Lieberman got into — starting with Berlin’s Osteria Beerhaus ’64
The highlight of a German market can be difficult to describe. Here’s a taste.
From Hamburg to the Bavarian Alps, no trip to Germany is complete without a trip to a German market — a sprawling mishmash of all things foody and festive, created by locals from products they grew or hunted in their own gardens. Perhaps even more so than in the rest of Europe, Germans have a deep connection to their food.
Most German markets have character, especially compared to other European markets. German immigrants to the West used trade centers to introduce local produce. Americans have taken those trade centers, such as Hudson Valley and California’s Monterey County, and created their own fests.
Here, CNN Travel readers and nominees have picked 20 of the best German market food events — we’ve included a few more entries below.
Readers who nominated markets for consideration in this list also added their choice to this list of the 20 best German dishes
Selections are subjective, of course, and some markets are admittedly regional, while others are made of everything from the usual marzipan fruits and nuts to incredibly authentic desserts from Baltic plums to mountain cheeses and cognac-soaked nuts. In general, readers could use more recommendations, and more folks can clearly participate in what’s happening on the market scene around the world.
Above, take a look at our picks for the 20 best German foods.