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Regional specialities

Fish dish with potatoes and dill garnish

The regional cuisine is renowned for offering a wide variety of fresh fish as well as specialities such as kale with raisins, honey spare ribs and apples in dripping.

Herring is available off the coast of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as early as spring, when the fishing season begins. This is celebrated on the island of Rügen with the Herring Festival, which starts with the 'herring mile' on the beach promenade in Sassnitz. To kick off the event, a cutter chugs into the harbour and a fisherman hands over his catch to the Rügen island cookery club, which then serves herring cooked in a variety of ways (fried, smoked, pickled or in beer batter) from a number of different stalls.

Another regional speciality is 'Himmel und Erde', a dish consisting of mashed potato and apple sauce.

The garfish is usually found in the Mediterranean. But in May it comes to spawn in the Baltic where it is caught and consumed with great fervour. This scaly creature with green bones is traditionally served with mashed potato and stewed rhubarb.

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Highlights in brief

  • Schwerin
    State capital, cathedral, castle
  • Neubrandenburg
    Town with four gateways
  • Stralsund
    UNESCO world heritage site
  • Greifswald
    Brick Gothic architecture, Baroque
  • Nature Reserves
    Island of Usedom, Feldberg Lakes, Nossentin/Schwinz Heathland, Mecklenburg's Elbe Valley, Mecklenburg's "Switzerland" and Lake Kummerow
  • Rostock and Wismar
    Hanseatic towns, zoo, UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Müritz
    Germany's largest lake after Lake Constance
  • Ribnitz-Damgarten
    Amber town
  • Woldegk
    Windmill town
  • Güstrow
    Home of the artist Ernst Barlach