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Traditional German Dishes for Autumn
Traditional German Dishes for Autumn

Autumn is a magical time in Germany – as the trees turn to gold, the nights get longer and the temperature falls, it is a season of festivals, wrapping up warm for beautiful walks in the woods and, of course, lots of hearty food and drink.

Potato and beer soup

This dish is a firm favourite, especially during Oktoberfest in Munich. Potato and beer soup is the perfect accompaniment to a stein and all this festival has to celebrate.

It usually consists of russet potatoes, flavoured with Dijon mustard and boiled in light Pilsner beer along with leeks and carrots, before being topped with crispy bacon pieces and chives. Enjoy with a pretzel roll, a stein of beer and the sounds of a brass band!

Bratwurst and sauerkraut stew

It is hard to think of a more characteristically German dish than sausages swimming in pickled cabbage.

Also popular in the United States, this tangy stew combines bratwurst – sliced or whole – with potatoes, onions and sauerkraut in a beef broth. It is especially delicious with a little sour cream stirred in. This dish is such a staple in Germany that you will find variations of it all over country.

Stuffed cabbage roulade

Kohlrouladen, as they are called in Germany, might sound like a strange idea, but in practice these dumpling-like creations are fantastic comfort food for the colder months.

Ground beef or pork is seasoned and spiced before being rolled up into a little cabbage parcel and gently fried, then served in a light beef gravy with mashed potatoes and topped with bacon.

Sunken apple cake

It would not be autumn without a local take on apple pie, and this is one of the best you will experience.

Known as Geschlupfter Apfelkuchen in Germany, this cake combines chunky slices of sour apples with a light egg batter, vanilla extract and a dash of lemon – sometimes this will also include cinnamon and honey. Served with whipped cream, it is the perfect companion to an afternoon tea or coffee.


Although it is traditionally eaten at Christmas, you are sure to find lebkuchen being sold at markets and in bakeries during the autumn months too.

While similar in appearance and taste to gingerbread, real Lebkuchen does not actually contain ginger – it is usually flavoured with honey, molasses, cinnamon, cloves and fruit peel for a festive flavour. It is a great treat to bring back for your children, or to warm you up with a mug of cocoa while you are out exploring.

If you are visiting Germany this autumn, be sure to try some of these delicious traditional dishes, and why not visit us in Dresden,  Frankfurt, Munich or any of our other locations in Germany.

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