German Recipes like Eisbein, Bratwurst and more. Austrians love this kind of food, so one might think that Germany is one of our dearest neighbors.
Or maybe not?

Our almost 10 times larger German neighbour and we, as a small Alpine republic, have a pronounced love-hate relationship. Some things connect us, some things divide us! We share the language, most of our world view, some history – unfortunately including dark chapters – and as far as cars are concerned, we are the biggest fans of the German car manufacturers.

However, what we Austrians don’t like at all is being lumped together! We consider trips through Europe, which do not distinguish between Austria and Germany, an insult. We are proud of our classical music and our skiers are the best in the world anyway. Admittedly: In football (i.e. soccer) we are far behind – and to be fair in almost every other sport as well!

But back to the food: Austrian cuisine is a big part of our national pride, especially Apple strudel, Gugelhupf and Wiener Schnitzel. Although we tend to look down on our neighbor’s kitchen, there are some dishes that have made it across the border, albeit sometimes under a different name.

A favorite among these German recipes is Eisbein – or, as we call it, Stelze – a crispy, fat but also extremely tasty temptation! 

A crispy Knuckle of Pork - Eisbein with Sauerkraut and Dumplings
Eisbein -Crispy Knuckle of Pork AlexRaths iStock / Getty Images Plus

The Bratwurst is regarded domestic in Austria by now – whether at the “Würstelstand”, fried at home in a pan or from the grill in summer.

A tasty German Bratwurst with Sauerkraut
Hearty food: German Bratwurst with Sauerkraut kabVisio iStock / Getty Images Plus
A traditional German Weisswurst
It looks pale, but is very delishous! German Weisswurst! kabVisio iStock / Getty Images Plus

And then there’s the Weisswurst – no Hahnenkamm ski race in Kitzbühel and no Oktoberfest is complete without it. The famous Bavarian beer festival has become an important part of our festival calendar in recent years. We Austrians simply use every opportunity to celebrate – even if the festivities originated from our big neighbouring country Germany 😉

By the way, the Oktoberfest brings together all the German favourite dishes of the Austrians: Eisbein, Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Weisswurst, Obatzter and lots of beer!