The states of Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony are two of the most important asparagus growing regions, with the city of Beelitz claiming the north-eastern title. Each region claims to grow the best Spargel, but the only way to know for sure is to tour them all.
If you don't think Spargel is worth a road trip, millions of Germans disagree with you. Here are the best Spargel festivals and routes in Germany. And don't forget to admire the castles, museums and gardens along the way.
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Badische Spargelstraße is one of the most famous Spargel tourist routes and takes visitors through some of the best lands for the "King of Vegetables". It runs through north Baden for 136 km from Schwetzingen through Reilingen to Sankt Leon-Rot to Bruchsal to Graben-Neudorf to Karlsruhe to Bietigheim to Rastatt to Lichtenau. The region's impressive harvest is enjoyed across the nation with stands popping up along the roadways to satisfy Spargel tourists.
Small asparagus festivals feature such events as fastest Spargel peeler, a Spargel queen and/or king, live music and many mouth-watering white asparagus dishes. Everyone is Spargel mad.
The start of the route, Schwetzingen, is home to an elegant mosque and claims the title of “Asparagus Capital of the World”. The asparagus market has been happening here on the first Saturday in May for over 100 years. When you are walking through the city, look for the statue of the Spargelfrau.
Bruchsal is also worth a stop as it is host to... Europe's largest asparagus festival.
For the foodies that want to drink with their asparagus tasting, there is a bike route that runs along the Spargel path.
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Located just before the Dutch border, Walbeck has adopted the nickname of Spargeldirf or "asparagus village".The town's many restaurants offer every variation of the dish and on the first Sunday in May there is a large asparagus market. There the asparagus princess warms visitors to the fair-like attractions.
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Niedersächsische Spargelstraße in north-western Germany isapproximately 750 kilometers and connects Lüneburger Heide to Hanover to Braunschweig to Mittelweserregion to Oldenburger Münsterland.
Nienburg is located between Bremen and Hannover and is prime asparagus-growing real estate. There is even an Asparagus Museum located here among the half-timbered houses.
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Just outside of the capitol is Spargelstadt (asparagus city), Beelitz. This small, agricultural center has a Spargelmuseum and an annual Beelitzer Spargelfest. You should recognize the name if you have been in any grocery store in the area in spring as "Beelitz Spargel" is proudly stamped on most boxes.
There are also many Spargelhöfe (asparagus farms) with vegetable stands, restaurants and attractions for kids. For example, Jakob’s Hof, Buschmann & Winkelmann and Elsholz. And Spargelzeit coincides with Erdbeeren (strawberry) season so pick up a box of sweets with your savory.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Kutzleben in Thuringia is an 800-year-old village surrounded by asparagus fields. The town comes to life during Spargelzeit with many shops selling local goods and it appearing on every menu.
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