For thousands of years, Germany was made up of separate states, each proud of its respective cultures, traditions, and cuisines. The food you know as “German” might actually be Bavarian or Lower Saxon or from anywhere in between — though the food you don’t know probably makes up a longer, more surprising list.
Come here, and you’ll see that each region — heck, sometimes each neighborhood — claims its own specialties. The itineraries below show you the best of the best, and they can be navigated separately or joined together, sampled distinctly or paired, just like Germany’s top dishes. What will you find? Well, that depends on the route you choose. Many more exist, but the four below will linger on your palate for a very, very long time.
Lower Saxony Asparagus Route
It’s said that every fifth spear of asparagus eaten in the country hails from Lower Saxony, a region in northwestern Germany. And the Lower Saxony Asparagus Route, which starts and ends in Burgdorf — the “home of asparagus” — travels an impressive 466 miles through the region, taking in the asparagus-touting lands of Brunswick, Lüneburg Heath, Mittelweser, and Oldenburg Münsterland, all