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Snacks or Marende - How to Prepare a Good Snack

Brettljausn or snacks for wine tasting
Brettljausn for wine tasting

What are snacks?

Snacks make you hungry, right? My mouth is watered every time I see the wooden boards, slates or porcelain plates and plates on which meat, ham and sausage types, tomato and cucumber slices, pickles, bacon, eggs, greaves and horseradish pile up. They are served in the taverns, the Buschenschanken, the Heurigen or the winery farms in the pleasure regions of Bavaria and Hesse, Lower Austria, South Tyrol or Switzerland Obatzters pile up on the plate Bavaria, Ahle sausage Hesse, Bacon from Austria, South Tyrolean smoked bacon or cheese from Switzerland.

More than a snack

Especially when we are on the road, we like to order these lunch plates - firstly because they are served quickly and we do not have to wait long for food. The main reason is because they taste good and clearly eat the eye. Because what looks more appetizing than a platter of meat, ham, roast and types of smoked sausage, which are decorated with slices of tomato or cucumber. To do this farmers bread and a glass of wine, preferably with a view of the vineyard. Or a glass of beer that is freshly tapped at the table in the beer garden. This is enjoyment as you know it from Bavaria to Hesse, in the pleasure regions of Austria, South Tyrol and Switzerland in inns, beer gardens, wineries, wine taverns, Buschenschanken or mountain pastures.


Appetizer plates as snacks


Make a snack yourself

Of course you can also make your own snack. We do that when we do road trips. Motorway service stations charge high prices for food that we rarely like. Therefore, on our travels we started to make a snack ourselves on the way. On the one hand, this is cheaper. On the other hand, it is also practical because we eat healthier. The same applies to train journeys. There, too, the food in the train restaurant is usually not as good as what we take home with us.


Suggestions for your menu on the go

We like to can on our trips picknick while driving. We often fall back on snack ideas that we get to know along the way. Sausage, tomatoes or eggs are almost always in ours Lunch box *. If we have more time, we prepare snacks that are healthy and taste good. You can get ideas for this in recipe books.


Antipasti are perfect with wine
Antipasti to the wine


Snacks, a snack or a snack - what does it include?

There are differences between the snacks. While on Brettljausen in the Styria A kernel oil spread and gram lard or gram spread (Griebenschmalz) is almost always served, is a must at a snack in Bavaria the Obatzde (a cheese specialty from Camembert, onions, butter, paprika powder and herbs). Bacon or hard salami are part of a snack in South Tyrol. In Hessen, we got the green sauce for a snack in Kassel, a herb sauce based on sour cream and sour cream. There are even two variants of this sauce in Hessen: the Frankfurt green saucemade with mayonnaise and which includes hard-boiled eggs. Another specialty from Hessen that is perfect for a snack is the Ahle sausage. This raw sausage is indestructible and is practically infinitely durable, as a master butcher from Calden in northern Hesse explained to us.


Brettljause and snacks on the Alm
Brettljause on the pasture


Where do snacks taste best?

You can't go hiking without a snack. A snack in the nature or in the beer garden tastes particularly good after a walk, a hike or a drive through landscapes that make you hungry. The best thing is the snack in one backpack pack and off you go. An environment with a view is always a part of it, then a snack, a snack or a snack is the icing on the cake and makes a trip an enjoyable experience. In Eisenstadt in the Burgenland we have an antipasti platter with ham, olives, cheese, cheese sticks and a bean paste even with a view of that Esterházy Palace enjoyed - with a glass of wine as it should be in Burgenland. We also remembered the Brettljausen we had in the Buschenschanken on the South Styrian Wine Route enjoyed or snacks in the beer garden around the corner.


Hessian snacks with green sauce
Hessian snack with green sauce


What do you need for a snack on the way


Fish plate in Salzburg - other times
Fish plate in Salzburg


Language jungle for connoisseurs - what is the name of the snack with you?

If you want to try these delicious snacks yourself, you should know what they are called in the respective region. Because there are language differences. A Bavarian innkeeper will look at you with questioning eyes if you order a "Marende" or a "Zwipf" from him. What is called “snack” in Bavaria is called a “snack” in Austria and a “snack” in South Tyrol. In the Allannian language area, i.e. in Switzerland, in Liechtenstein, in Vorarlberg, in south-west Germany and in Alsace, the snacks are called differently: in Switzerland, one speaks of "Znüni" (morning snack) or "Zvieri" (afternoon snack). There you also know the "Vesper" or the "Zwipf" (a special snack that is common in the Swiss army.) "Z'nachtesse" or "Z'Ovetesse" is the name of the word in Alsace. Not so easy to find your way through the language jungle of snacks, is it?


At the Heurigen - snacks with horseradish
At the Heuriger


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Are there special specialties in your region that are served? And what's the name of the meal there?


Snack on the way
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Source: own research on site

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline


  1. Wolfgang
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    There was also the name of breakfast, which, as the name implies, referred only to the time between breakfast and lunch. I am a native Styrian, we say - as already mentioned - snack and that is rather independent of the time of day, because we know both the morning and the afternoon snack.
    Fork also because for eating mostly a fork, but also knives had to be used. (Small goulash, sausage with juice, ect.)

    • Monika & Petar Fuchs
      | Reply

      Very interesting! Although I already knew the term fork breakfast, I did not put it right away with the snack. And that there is both a morning and afternoon snack is new to me. Thank you for the contribution.

  2. comfortzoneless
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    Hello Monika and Petar,

    I did not realize that there are so many regional differences between the snacks. This is probably also because I eat them only on holiday in Austria. Maybe I should do it much more often in Germany too.
    The photos are great, but unfortunately still cause a late salivation late in my time with me. Great!

    Greetings from Stefanie

    • Monika & Petar Fuchs
      | Reply

      Hello Stefanie,

      yes, we have been aware of that only since we traveled to different regions in Germany and Austria.

      Best regards,

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