How culinary delights add to the region’s unique appeal
Saxony is well known for its culinary offers, and Saxons have always been known to enjoythe good things in life. Typical regional dishes as well as local wine and beer can be sampled anywhere in Saxony and the culinary delights equally enchant visitors and locals. So, let’s go on a tour of the senses and sample some of the many delicious things Saxony has to offer:
More than 300 years ago, Count Wackerbarth created his very own wine haven just north of Dresden: Nowadays, Wackerbarth Castle welcomes guests to experience and explore wine and sparkling wine production. The unique destination features beautiful Baroque architecture and an enchanting park, and the historical surroundings are combined with a special multimedia show giving visitors insights into how a classic Cuvée is produced. This is followed by a dinner where guests can then try for themselves what the 800-year-old winegrowing tradition in Saxony tastes like.
Furthermore, wine lovers should not miss travelling along the Saxon Wine Route from Pirna to Diesbar-Seußlitz where quaint wine taverns and fine dining restaurants alike welcome foodies and different grape varieties can be sampled. Tip: Watch out for restaurants and inns carrying the "Besonders empfohlen an der Sächsischen Weinstraße" label, indicating that they come as particularly recommended gastronomic providers.
Next: Saxon beer, which is a particular delight. Only superseded by the Bavarians, Saxons are at number two in the national German beer consumption ranking. The first Pilsner premium beer that was brewed according to the famous German Purity Law was produced by the Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei brewery. Visitors can sample it sitting at long wooden tables in typical beer taverns such as Radeberger Bierausschank in Dresden or the Radeberger Biertheater in Radeberg itself. Brewery tours in Radeberg or Torgau are visitor favourites. More breweries can be found in Dresden (Feldschlösschen Brauerei and Waldschlösschen Brauerei) and also in smaller towns and villages such as Wernesgrün, Einsiedel, Görlitz und Eibau.The latter, known for its Schwarzbier (black beer) stages a popular beer festival each June.
On the opposite end of the drinks spectrum, the region is also well known for its excellent sparkling mineral waters with the main brands Bad Brambacher, Margon-Wasser, Oppacher Mineralquellen and Bad Liebenwerdaer.
Much loved and known throughout the world is Dresden’s famous stollen Christmas cake and the Stollen Festival taking place on the second weekend of Advent celebrates this unique cake each year at the city’s Striezelmarkt Christmas market. The original recipe has been kept a secret for hundreds of years (and still is), however, visitors can now get a glimpse of how things are done and prepare their own Dresden stollen at the bakery of Andreas Wippler. More sweets to try in Dresden are Dresden marzipan and the local cake speciality Dresdner Eierschecke.
Lovers of gingerbread should pencil in a visit to Pulsnitz: For centuries, the small town near Dresden has been preserving a tradition of baking a special gingerbread variety, called Pulsnitzer Pfefferkuchen. Eight traditional bakeries are dedicated to producing the local gingerbread, and Christmas is the time when they spread a delicious scent of cardamon and cinnamon throughout town. Guests can visit show bakeries to see how Pfefferkuchen is baked in Pulsnitz and obviously taste the goodies, too. Nearby Weißenberg features Europe’s only gingerbread museum.
When in Leipzig, try Leipziger Allerlei, a regional vegetable dish consisting of peas, carrots and asparagus among other ingredients, or for something sweet, Leipziger Lerche is a special pastry to sample, made of a shortcrust filled with a mixture of crushed almonds, nuts and a cherry. Tip: Order a good cup of coffee with it at Leipzig’s oldest coffee house Zum Arabischen Coffee Baum, serving customers since the 18th century.
Last but not least, visitors to Saxony should also try some of the region’s most famous dishes such as Sächsischer Sauerbraten (marinated beef), the delicious Saxon potato soup, the sweet delicacy Quarkkeulchen as well as Sorbische Hochzeitssuppe (Sorbian wedding soup), a specialty from the Upper Lusatia region, or enjoy a simple but very effective dish from the Ore Mountains consisting of boiled potatoes served with curd cheese.
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