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Bratwurst “Drei im Weggla” or “Zwa im Halbn”

Frankonia Bratwurst

Just like there are different dialects in Germany, there are variances of recipes for the Bratwurst, especially in the Franconia region of Germany

The Coburger Bratwurst is the largest with at least 31 cm. It’s a coarse kind, and usually roasted over the open pine cone fire, which gives it the special flavor. It is also the only one that is eaten as a single entity on a small bun, but all the other variants in Upper Franconian are in pairs or more.

Coburger Bratwurst
Coburger Bratwurst

The Bratwurst in the Forchheim area is equally coarse, but smaller. They are medium in size in ​​the town of Bamberg, Lichtenfels and Kronach. A specialty in Kronach are the G’strüpften, these are cut, skinned and baked, not fried.

Bamberger Bratwurst
Bamberger Bratwurst

The areas around Hof, Bayreuth and Kulmbach have fine sausages, and they are rather long and thin. There is 20% to 25% beer alcohol content in the Pegnitzer Bratwurst!

Pair of Bayreuth Bratwurst in Laabla (roll)
Pair of Bayreuth Bratwurst in Laabla (roll)

The Hofer Bratwurst is made from lean pork and some beef. They are very fine with a diameter of 18-22 mm long.

Hofer Bratwurst with sauerkraut and potato mash
Hofer bratwurst with sauerkraut and potato mash

Bratwurst stand at Kirchweih Festival (per Wikimedia)
Bratwurst stand at Kirchweih Festival (per Wikimedia)

The longest Bratwurst you can get in Sulzfeld am Main. The place is known for the Meter-Bratwurst. It is offered in five guesthouses today, and can be found in the “Ratsstube”, “Michels-Keller”, “Zum Hirschen”, “Zum goldenen Löwen” and in the “Zum Stern” guest house. It tastes a bit different everywhere, everyone prepares them to their own recipe. One would have to try themselves to find their favorite.

"Meterbratwurst" by Wikimedia
“Meterbratwurst” by Wikimedia

The Old Mill Bratwurst in the South of Franconia has the coarsest texture and is distinguishable from most other bratwursts. It is about 10 to 12 inches long and weighs about 80 to 100 grams, 

Nuernberger Bratwurst
Nuernberger Bratwurst
Zwa in Halbn

Kulmbacher Bratwursts are very similar like the Hofer in appearance, but are produced with a high veal content. You are served at the Bratwurst stand with plenty of anise. You either order two in half or three in total.

Drei im Weggla

Nürnberger Bratwurst are the shortest with a length of 7 to 9 cm. It is typically eaten in dozens (12) or half dozen (6).  It is the smallest of of the bratwurst and has the “Three in Weggla” or 3 in a roll

Bratwurst stand Knüpfling in Würzburg
Bratwurst stand Knüpfling in Würzburg has been there for decades
Wuerzburger Bratwurst "Geknickte"

Würzburger Bratwurst, also called Winzerbratwurst, contains a shot of Frankonian white wine. At the Bratwurst stand you get them usually at the Würzburger Marktplatz. This Bratwurst is called and referred to as the  “Geknickte”(kinked).

Blaue Zipfel Bratwurst

But there is also this variant, which the raw bratwurst is boiled in a vinegar broth with onions. It’s called Blaue Zipfel or Blaugsottene.

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