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The Oldest Sausage in the World

April 11, 2013 by

Regensburg, in Bavaria, Germany is a very historical city. It’s first settlement dates back to The Stone Ages and it is well known for it’s Romanesque and Gothic architecture of the Middle Ages.

During the 12th century, the Old Stone Bridge, was erected. At the time, it was considered one of the 8 Wonders of the World. It has 16 arches that span over the Danube river, and it was used by the knights of the crusade on their way to the Holy Land.

The workers who built this bridge likely worked up a strong appetite while constructing it (which took 11 years). Fortunately for the masons, crane workers, and dockers, there happened to be an old office-turned-kitchen set up to feed them. At the time, it was called “Garküche auf dem Kranchen,” or, “Cookshop for the Crane.”

No one knows exactly when, but eventually the kitchen switched their menu from slow cooked meals to sausages, a staple of the German diet. It is assumed this occurred during the 18th century, which means these sausages are  about 300 years old!

The “Wurstkühl” traditional sausage platters have been carried on by several generations. The menu contains only wursts, or sausages, made from ham and pork. They are accompanied by house fermented sauerkraut and special mustard.

You can order 6, 8, 10, or 12 wursts. Or, if you’re looking for something on the go, try a Wurstbrot (sausage sandwich).

All are reasonably priced, 2-6€, and come with a fine view and a story to tell.

Image Source: Tania Zapata

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  1. Penny W. says:

    I was waiting for the punchline with a juicy title like that! LOL. Or a photo of a 300-year-old sausage under glass.

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