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Regional specialities

Plate of Maultaschen in a thin soup and salad side-plate
Baden-Württemberg is a haven of fine food with a wealth of top-class restaurants, but the region also produces excellent local specialities consisting of basic, hearty fare. Black Forest gateau, Maultaschen and Spätzle pasta dishes are famous.

Maultaschen, a type of ravioli filled with sausage meat and spinach can be served with broth, with onions fried in bacon fat or baked in butter and sprinkled with boiled egg.

Spätzle, tiny dumplings made of grated dough boiled in water, can be served with fillet of beef with onions or with lentils and Saitenwürstle, a Swabian sausage.

Schupfnudeln are finger-sized rolls of potato dough (made with egg, a little flour, salt and nutmeg) and are delicious with roasts or sauerkraut.

Badensian specialities include wood garlic soup, sorrel soup with smoked trout, Bibeliskäs (cream cheese with herbs), steamed dumplings with apple purée, potato soup, calves' liver, tripe cooked in vinegar and Black Forest gateau.

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Highlights in brief

  • Reichenau Monastery
    UNESCO world heritage
  • Maulbronn Monastery Complex
    UNESCO world heritage
  • Hockenheim
    Formula 1, motor sports museum
  • Stuttgart
    regional capital, State Opera House, State Gallery, musicals, Stuttgart Beer Festival, Daimler-Benz and Porsche car museums, botanical gardens
  • Baden-Baden
    festival hall, Caracalla spa, casino, parks and gardens, horse racing
  • Heidelberg
    old quarter, castle
  • Göppingen
    Hohenstaufen castle
  • Friedrichshafen
    Zeppelin museum
  • Rust
    Europa-Park theme park
  • Ravensburg
    Spieleland amusement park