With vegan food and multicultural appeal, Germany wows Indians

Germany offers multiple experiences for all types of visitors, be it solos, couples, families or business travelers

Post Covid-19, the travel trends emerging out of America are witnessing a change, according to travel trade experts. Last season, after the lock down ended and Europe opened its doors to tourism, a lot of Americans booked their travel plans for Europe.

New Jersey based, Lata Shah an international travel booking agent said, “A lot of Indians in America who would earlier book tours to Hawaii or Disney are now looking to explore new lands and are looking at Europe.”

“It is as if almost Covid-19 has forced people to look at new destinations and live life to the fullest before the next uncertainty strikes!”

Among the European countries, Germany is fast emerging as an increasingly favored travel destination for Indians in America.

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Those in the travel industry cite a number of reasons behind this interest. For one Germany is one of the most multicultural countries in Europe.

For Indians, in particular, Germany is inviting because of the easy availability of vegetarian and vegan food, whether it’s cutter plaice in Hamburg, cucumber salad with dill in Berlin or spicy vegan sausage in Munich, regional delicacies in Germany are good for varied taste buds.

Of late, German National Tourist office is also promoting itself as a culinary destination. German cuisine is as diverse as its scenery, with traditional recipes and specialities, regional products and creative chefs.

It’s a combination of the old and the new, which makes a culinary gourmet tour through Germany so exciting. There is something for everyone.

In the wake of the tourism sector emerging from its most challenging years, Indian tourists are increasingly looking at Germany as a preferred travel destination.

This is also reflected in the way that restaurants, cafés and hoteliers have met the particular challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hygiene measures, expanded outdoor eating areas, innovative seating arrangements that allow for social distancing and screen protection have all become incorporated as standard into service concepts.

Germany offers a wealth of choice when it comes to food and drink: from vineyard visits to guided tours of more than 1,500 regional breweries all the way to fine dining at around 300 Michelin-starred restaurants.

Romit Theophilus, Director, Sales & Marketing, India said, ‘‘There has been an increase in enquiries from travelers for Germany. This is not only because of the plethora of activities available in the scenic country like adventure, sports, culture, food, but also because of the multiple experiences it offers for all types of travelers be it solos, couples, families as well as the business travelers.”

German cuisine includes a huge variety of appetizing dishes from regions like Havelland which is known for its palaces and parks, and its churches and abbeys. But in the village of Ribbeck, (almost) everything still revolves around the pear.

Here, the fruit is transformed into specialities such as Havelwasser (a mix of pear juice and wine), Eierbirne (pear-flavored egg liqueur) and Williams Christ pear brandy.

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Or the Larks from Leipzig, when hunting songbirds for food was outlawed in Leipzig in the 19th century, bakers invented a vegetarian alternative for this festive treat.

Leipziger Lerche, or Leipzig lark, is made of shortcrust pastry, almonds, nuts and strips of marzipan. To this day, it can only be found in the local area.

With vegan food and multicultural appeal, Germany wows Indians