Iâ€™ve got a little bit of a confession to make â€“ whenever I plan trips away, I donâ€™t often consider Germany. Itâ€™s a bit odd, as visiting the Black Forest or exploring cities such Berlin, Munich or Cologne are firmly on my travel to-do list. Itâ€™s just that I when I actually get round to picking a destination, I never actually choose one of those options.
So I was particularly excited when we wereÂ invited to the German Tourist Boardâ€™s recent #JoinGermanTradition blogger event in London to find out a bit more about the country and find out what Iâ€™ve been missing.
Herman Ze German
Appropriately enough, the event was held at the Fitzrovia branch of German restaurant, Herman Ze German. They specialise in bringing the best of traditional German foods to London â€“ from currywurst to schnitzel, they have it all. With sausages made in the Black Forest and a range of German beers and soft drinks, itâ€™s a great place to sample high quality German produce at really rather good prices â€“ currywurst and chips will set you back Â£5.95, and even the most expensive thing on the menu, the Schnitzel-Po-Sa with chips and salad is a very reasonable Â£9.95.
After arriving at the venue, we headed down to their cosy basement bar. Here, you can take a seat at the bench tables, complete with chequered table clothes and those squeezy sauce bottles you find at every market stall selling German food, and sample their house beer while waiting for your food to arrive.
And what lovely food it was. Weâ€™d ordered in advance, which was probably a very good thing â€“ I was starving by the time I arrived and I would have happily ordered one of everything. Iâ€™d settled for an extremely tasty Chilliwurst, which is covered in curry-tomato sauce, with a side of cheezy frites.
And, oh my word, they were amazing frites. Iâ€™m really fussy about chips but these were amazing â€“ hot and crispy, lightly seasoned and covered with a generous amount of good-quality, tasty cheese.
In between all the eating and chatting (itâ€™s always great to meet new blogging friends!), we also had plenty of time for the main reason for our visit â€“ to learn more about the tourist boardâ€™s latest campaign. Germany is country rich in heritage and the #JoinGermanTradition campaign has been designed to highlight and promote this to visitors.
Throughout the evening, the tourist board representatives gave us some of their own takes on German traditions â€“ from Deniseâ€™s tales of German Green Sauce and Klausâ€™ facts about Currywurst to Victoriaâ€™s impressions of the beer-drinking culture after she went to Germany for a summer and never went home!
As someone who loves history and arts & crafts, it was a particularly interesting evening. I was flicking through the brochure on the train home compiling a fantasy trip to Germany that includes trying out some glassmaking in Bavaria, buying some handmade Christmas decorations from their original home in Lauscha, visiting Hessen open-air museum and photographing the beautiful hand-painted ornamental Easter eggs of Sorbs.
And thatâ€™s not to mention all the traditional foods and drinks that Iâ€™d need to test out on the wayâ€¦
Many thanks to the German Tourist Board for inviting us to the #JoinGermanTradition event. Thereâ€™s more information about Germany and the campaign at germany.travel.Â