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Fischbrötchen with pickled herring
Place of originGermany
Main ingredientsBread, fish, onions; sometimes remoulade and pickles

A Fischbrötchen (listen) (pl. "Fischbrötchen", lit. fish bread roll) is a sandwich made with fish and other components such as fresh white or dried onions, pickles, remoulade, creamy horseradish sauce, ketchup, or cocktail sauce. It is commonly eaten in Northern Germany, due to the region's proximity to the North Sea and Baltic Sea.

A common preparation is made with bismarck herring or soused herring. Other varieties use Brathering, rollmops, European sprat, salmon, smoked Atlantic mackerel, fried Atlantic cod, and other fish varieties (e.g., fish burgers). Prawns are sometimes used, as are various other species of food fish. Fischbrötchen are commonly served at fast food stands or take-out restaurants.

The Hanover Fair was initially colloquially known as the "Fischbrötchen fair" due to the fish buns served there as a snack.[1]

During a state visit to Hamburg, French president Emmanuel Macron and chancellor Olaf Scholz ate Fischbrötchen together, which featured prominently in the press coverage.[2][3][4][5][6][7]


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  1. ^ "Am Anfang war das Fischbrötchen". Die Welt (in German). 4 April 2005. Retrieved 12 October 2023.
  2. ^ Brown, Gemma (10 October 2023). "Pictured: Macron winces eating fish sandwich during Germany visit". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 October 2023.
  3. ^ Staib, Julian; Wiegel, Michaela (10 October 2023). "Deutsch-französisches Treffen: Fischbrötchen für die Gäste aus Frankreich" [German-French Summit: Fischbrötchen for the French Guests]. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 12 October 2023.
  4. ^ Hordych, Harald (11 October 2023). "Scholz und Macron essen in Hamburg zusammen Fischbrötchen" [Scholz and Macron Eat Fischbrötchen Together in Hamburg]. Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 12 October 2023.
  5. ^ von Braunschweig, Beatrice (12 October 2023). "Die besten Fischbrötchen-Memes von Scholz und Macron" [The Best Fischbrötchen Memes of Scholz and Macron]. T-Online (in German). Retrieved 12 October 2023.
  6. ^ "Fischbrötchen sorgen bei Macron-Besuch in Hamburg für Lacher" [Fischbrötchen Provide Laughter at Macron Visit in Hamburg]. ORF (in German). 10 October 2023. Retrieved 12 October 2023.
  7. ^ Kormbaki, Marina (10 October 2023). "Olaf Scholz und Emmanuel Macron in Hamburg: Sag's mit einem Fischbrötchen" [Olaf Scholz and Emmanuel Macron in Hamburg: Say It With A Fischbrötchen]. Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 12 October 2023.

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