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Winter food in Europe

There's something special about stepping out of the whistling wind and into a buzzing restaurant or Christmas market. You're immediately enveloped in the inviting aromas of wintertime cuisine. That warm feeling never gets old, and that's why we recommend experiencing it again and again in all of its unique regional variations. Here are a few of our top picks for wintertime food in Europe!




Roasted Chestnuts - Portugal


Few things are more wintery than chestnuts roasting on an open fire. You can find street food vendors selling this tasty treat throughout much of Europe, but in Portugal, you can find entire festivals dedicated to them!


Goulash - Hungary


Originally a Hungarian specialty, this hearty stew has been adopted by many nearby countries as a go-to for warming up when the weather gets cold. Certainly not for small apetites, Goulash usually combines beef and vegetables with a generous amount of paprika. Head to Budapest and you'll have a hard time finding a pub or restaurant that doesn't serve this soul-warming treat. 


Käsespätzle - The Alps


If you're taking a break from Christmas markets in the Alps, you can pop into any restaurant for this winning combination of egg noodles and cheese. Lucky for you, there are variations on this delectable dish available in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and even Liechtenstein.


Stamppot - The Netherlands


True to its name, this "mashed pot" keeps the Netherlands warm by mixing mashed potatoes with endless variations of vegetables which can include kale, endive, and carrots. It's often served with a smoked sausage and a hefty helping of feeling at home.


Roast Dinner - England


Head to an English carvery for this traditional meal with turkey, bacon-wrapped sausages, stuffing, peas, roasted potatoes, carrots, brussels sprouts, parsnips, gravy, and cranberry sauce among (many) other things. Don't make plans for after this one-of-a-kind experience as a nice nap will likely be in order.


Cheese Fondue - Switzerland


Try this Alpine classic of bread dipped in a blend of melted Swiss cheeses. The type of cheese included differs per region, making for many endlessly satisfying variations. Fondue is best paired with a glass of wine, good company and a snowy mountain landscape.

Wanna try them all?


The Interrail Global Pass is your ticket to deliciousness. With borderless rail travel in 33 countries, there's nothing stopping you from trying all of these wintertime favorites and many more!